Over the weekend I decided on a color way using blues, purples and darker greens along with Kona Ash. This seems like a good place to start. Once I piece a few blocks, I can better see if I will need some of the lighter, brighter greens to be added in. Helen assures me she'll speak up before I make a massive mistake. No pressure, Helen!
I got down to business the past few evenings cutting out squares and then creating (and using) templates to cut out the drunkard's path semi-circles. This was my first time creating a template, tracing it onto fabric and cutting with scissors. I thought it would be much more difficult to trace and cut accurate pieces, but there was not a problem. I had a really great time sitting down each evening tracing and cutting in front of the television. Loved it, actually.
One of the QAL ladies suggested I get a Sewline pencil with white "lead" to mark my darker blues. I just could not see the pencil line well enough. I have to say, the Sewline pencil is SPECTACULAR. It marks a clearly visible line that is easily removable if necessary. It's so much more smooth than a pencil, so less jerking and grabbing at the fabric as I traced. I nearly want a Sewline in every color...maybe Santa will bring them to me. Are you listening, Santa?
I cut enough for a lap quilt. My goal is to make a twin, but again I want to be free to add in a few other colors as I go. Now I just need to get down to business piecing. Leanne's video got me over that fear last week so I'm rearing to go!