I have been admiring low volume quilts and planning one for awhile now. I love the process of acquiring fabrics slowly for a project, and letting it develop as I dream about it. I’ve collected solids in creams, beiges, greys, all kind of bland and boring on their own, but I have an idea it could be an elegant quilt (assuming I ever stop collecting and start sewing!)

About a month ago Moda started a second round of their “Blockheads”, a weekly quilt along–which I started last year and quickly fizzled out on. I thought this year I might just collect the blocks for some future project, but as I saw the first I wanted to try again. I thought about using solids only, but then someone on the design team was doing that, so I considered my ridiculous stash and wondered what else I might use. I decided my low volume solids that don’t have a design assigned to them would work.

My starting point, looks kind of dull here!

Here is the link to the first block:

Moda Blockheads — round 2

In planning my neutral quilt, I made a few rules for myself. I will add some soft color to each block, but not much. I will try to only use my scraps, no buying new fabrics for these colors (I have so much fabric, some is really getting to be vintage!) And no florals! I want this to be different than my usual style. So far I am very happy with my blocks. Getting a nice picture is a little hard, since they are not visually striking like a colorful block, but they are fitting the vision I have. I’m behind already, trying to decide what to do with the large squares in block five. I think I need to piece them rather than have expanses of background. I’m finding I like to watch social media for some ideas of color placement. One of the things I loved most about quilting when I started was the way changing the color placement in a block makes it look different. Normally I am not a follower, knowing what I want; but this time I think I will let other creative women inspire me a bit!

Blocks one through three
Block four

I’m loving the different sizes in this quilt, that is making it fun. I can’t wait to see what type of setting they recommend.

Low Volume

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