1. First, the alternate blocks needed to convey movement. At first I thought of using flying geese, but a more appealing option for me was to use chain blocks, which also give the idea of 'grid' and 'intersections'. More city-like in my mid.
2. The blocks were laid out as follows:
- Rows 1 and 2: business district
- Row 3: residential area
- Row 4: commercial area
- Row 5: entertainment
- Row 6: the harbor
- Row 7: more residential areas
- Row 8: transportation
- Row 9: more entertainment plus a blank block
I decided to leave the last block blank because I will write on it the names of all the blocks on the quilt, sort of a 'map' to my city. Although the alternating block is easy, I will give you a quick tutorial below, as well as a list of materials and yardage. I will leave this pattern and all block tutorials in the City Girl Sew Along page until I convert it to a pattern for sale in my Etsy store. Then, I will take the page down.
Here is what you will need for the alternate blocks and sashing (I am using fabrics by Riley Blake Designs as I did for the theme blocks, except this white and the sashing fabric are not by RBD):
1.5 yards of white fabric
1 yard of light grey fabric
1 yard of dark grey fabric
2 yards of grey/white print fabric
neutral thread (I used Aurifil 50wt # 2000)
(8) 2-1/2" x WOF strips of light grey fabric
(8) 2-1/2" x WOF strips of dark grey fabric
(16) 2-1/2" x WOF strips of white fabric
(28) 2-1/2" x WOF strips of grey/white print fabric
(24) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares of light grey fabric
(24) 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares of dark grey fabric
(The lighting is so weird on this picture!)
Make two sets - one with (24) sashing rectangles plus a dark grey cornerstone, and one with (24) sashing rectangles with a light grey cornerstone. Now, assemble the quilt as shown on the diagram below:
I will get my master's degree next Spring so school is getting busier and busier. I have also made wall hangings for Therm-O-web to display at their booth during the International Quilt Market in Houston at the end of this month (I will post photos soon), and will be working on projects for another manufacturer next week for the same show. So, I am not sure when the City Girl quilt will be complete, but you will be the first to see it!.
I am linking to Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Richard and Tanya Quilts.
Have a fun weekend!