I have been seeing some great modern style quilts in various quilt magazines and online recently, adding to my motivation to piece, I have been piecing a "sticks and bricks" quilt designed by Amy Walsh and instead of cream background like her design, I have subsituted it with a pale grey. The sticks and bricks are moda "Sophie" fabric range of which I used 35 fat eighths and surprisingly about 5 metres of grey background, although I do have a few blocks for the back. I think it is slightly too big at 97" for our bed, but allowing for a little shrinkage when washed it should be fine. When you consider a 3-5% shrinkage on most waddings, that can be 3 to 5 inches off a 100 inch quilt.
My absolute favourite tool ever has to be my June Tailor Shape cut plus which is a laser cut plastic cutting ruler which has 1/2 inch spacing, which gives very accurate results, and as I knew I would be slightly inaccurate in piecing strips of equal lengths I slightly oversized the length, and trimmed them down to size making them more accurate and straight to attach my sashings. After seeing this tool in use years ago on one of Eleanor Burns quilt in a day shows and knew that it would save me tons of time.. I was so right.. although you do used marginally more fabric and takes slightly more trimming time, for me the accuracy is more important for this style of strip quilt and helps when attaching the sashings and borders.
I just need to add the final outer border, then it is all ready to be quilted. I have had some thoughts of freehand pebbles and circles quilting, but will need to invest a good few hours of quilting into it, and being from the front of my machine freehand rather than the back of my machine (pantographs) it is alot tougher on my back too, but it has such a modern feel to the quilt, I think it needs some modern custom quilting on it too. I will have to wait til my back is having a "good" day... I need some strong painkillers without the drowsy effects .... good thing the quilt is just for me... so there is no rush.