Don't forget to check out the previous post announcing my new String Quilts book arrival! Star Crystal in process— Where has the time gone? And Where is the blog I promised on Freezer Paper appliqué? It is coming, but I took some time off to actually start a new quilt! I'm so excited about it because of all the colors I'm using this time around. I found Karen Comb's new line called Shade Cascade. It has 4 separate values of the same color across the width of the yardage, so if you buy 1 yard, it is the equivalent of buying 4 fat quarters of 4 shades of fabric. It looks like hand-dyes, solid, but with a little textural effect. Works great for my Wall Flower class. As a matter of fact, that's how I discovered this wonderful line. When I taught the class in Galena, Illinois last month at Phat Quarters, Jane Michal had ordered a bunch of this line of fabrics for students to use as an alternative to very expensive hand dyes. I bought 1 yard of every color she had in the shop, then got online and bought 1 yard of each of the other colors in this line. I started out by cutting lots of strips, lots of them, and sewing them together: Then I made Freezer Paper templates, ironed them onto the strips sets, and used my Star Ruler to cut out the pieces: The pieces are then stitched together to make Chevroned points, and that's when the designing begins. Here are a couple of for the quilt center that I explored: I'm planning to share each step of the process I'll be going through to plan, design, and create this hope-to-be competition quilt. Tomorrow: more design wall play.