Remember the colors that drew you in when you began your creative journey? What about now? Has your color confidence grown?

Go through old pictures or your fabric stash and take a look at the colors in your first projects. Have your color preferences changed through the years? Sometimes my favorites change from month to month!

Create a block that shows off your quilting colors through the years. Here are some suggestions:

  • Take your scraps and rotary cutter to the cutting table and trim strips from scraps of old projects or fabrics that represent the colors of your beginning quilts. Sew the strips together making a linear progression of your color preferences through the years. Trim the block to a square or rectangular shape. Don’t worry if it looks more like a border than a block!
  • Cut a foundation piece of fabric the size of a block you want to make (with 1/4″ seam allowances added). Begin at the center and foundation piece the fabrics to the foundation. Start with your early colors in the center and work your way around the center so that the outside edges of the block represent your recent work.
  • Make a log cabin block. Collect your colors and count them. Create a log cabin block with enough strips to include each fabric. Here is a log cabin block with 96 strips. Each strip finishes to 1/4″ so cut them 3/4″. The block finishes at 12″.

My Quilt Story Project

Use any of the ideas mentioned above, or come up with your own way to create a visual timeline of your quilting journey in color! It will be a great addition to your Quilt Story quilt!

Want to catch up on the rest of the project? Here are the details:

Between now and Fall Paducah in September, we invite you on a special creative adventure. Each week we will offer you ideas, techniques, blocks, and embellishments to help you tell your quilt story in stitches. 

If you didn’t catch the beginning of the project, visit here for the quilt story worksheet.

Did you remake your first block? You can find some help here.

Have you decided on the monuments representing the moments that changed your quilt story? Here’s a look at how to start.

Are you building your town? See how we built a building.

Have you created a quilting garden? See some sample blocks here.

What quilt construction techniques have you learned along your journey? Take a look at our list.

Want to add some memorabilia? Take a look at our quilt blocks great for showing off your favorite quilting pins.

Do you have special people who filled your quilting heart through the years? Here’s an idea to include them in your quilt.

Do you have special fabric collections you’ve been saving for years and want to include with a special commemorative block? Take a look at our Original Memory Collage Block!

What about those orphan blocks from past projects, inherited blocks that haven’t found a home? Turn your forsaken & forgotten blocks into treasures.


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