So I've already decided not to design my own quilt. There's just too much I don't know and should practice on other designs first. Like bias cutting! I've chosen a Secret Gardens design, which involves a whole bunch of diagonal cuts and stripes and that sort of thing.
Looks pretty complicated! I'm still using my original inspiration for the colours, and I've now pre-washed and colour-tested all of the fabric. The one on the right? I wish it showed up better, because I think it's my favourite.
The processes are all different when quilt-making, but luckily I love every part of it. Even the colour-testing.
Unfortunately, the red fabric is far from colourfast. I pre-washed it twice, but there's a good chance it will still bleed, meaning that the finished quilt likely won't be machine-washable. So sad.
Doing some bias cutting! Enjoying the colours together! But I had to stop because my sewing machine started making this terrible clunking noise, and then I ran out of thread. I've clean and oiled the whole thing and it's running smoothly, but I won't be able to get back to sewing until tomorrow night. Some time between then and now, I'll have to go to the store for thread and sewing machine needles.