Step One: Cut some strips and chunks of the colors you want to use. I like to vary the sizes of my blocks, making the background blocks larger than my "color" blocks, so I cut strips of varying widths. Without using a ruler - I like a more fluid line in my pieces.
Step Three: Sew the tuning fork units together. Make lots and lots of them in all of the various combinations you will need -- color with color, color with background and background with background. For example, I made approximately 500 yellow on yellow tiny tuning forks for Tuning Fork #13.
Step Five: This is my favorite part. I stare at the design wall and try to pick out areas I can sew together without resorting to partial seams and y-seams. I avoid both of those if at all possible. I can usually figure out "sections" that I can sew together to form a larger unit, and then sew those units together. Below I've sewn the left half of the quilt together. At this point, I am adding and subtracting pieces as I go, both for design purposes (I'll think, "This needs some red here" or some such thing) and for construction pieces (I use small partial blocks and small rectangles of background to help make it fit together). I plug away at the piecing until I have it all together and then trim the top into a rectangle or square (more or less).
Step Six: Quilt as desired. And I love what I call "corduroy quilting" -- very close more or less straight lines. I have found that my quilting lines are getting very close together -- usually not more than 1/8" apart and often less than a 1/16". I just love the look of the dense quilting.
|Tuning Fork 19, 18" x 21"|
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