Moda Modern Building Blocks (Part One)

After thinking about this quilt for months, I finally started my Moda Modern Building Blocks quilt last week.  I bought the pattern in the fall and knew I wanted to try something scrappy with it - my Heather Ross stashed seemed like a natural fit, as I have a ton of it and it all seems to go together, even if at first glance it doesn't seem like it.  When I saw Tiger Lily at QuiltCon, I assumed I'd wait until summer to start so I could incorporate the new line, but as it turns out I just couldn't wait that long!

I planned the first 39 blocks, as you can see in the pictures, with stacks of fabrics and post-it notes.  I had enough stash to plan those blocks without any fabric repeats, though I admit I picked up some fun OOP pieces to help round out what I already have, including really cute Munki Munki cuts.  I think those last nine blocks will be made from my leftover scraps, as they're all six-inch blocks and it looks like I'll have a decent stash even after I finish these blocks.

Instead of sewing blocks in order, I decided to sew them section by section based on the recommended layout.  While my blank sewing room wall isn't quite large enough for all blocks in their layout, at least I can get the gist while I'm sewing.  Part of section A is there (a bunch of six-inch blocks are missing), section B is complete, and section C is on my cutting mat, up next.  I was starting the first section C block last night when I realized I cut like 30 triangles in the wrong size.  That's when it was time to go to bed.

I'm learning a lot about my quilting style through this project.  First, fussy-cutting isn't as difficult as I originally thought, especially with a clear ruler and a Frixion pen.  Second, having a project like this that includes so many different blocks is really what I need to keep my attention - I found that once I started sewing these, I couldn't stop.  I wanted to keep making more and more.  Finally, I'm also pushing myself a bit with the fabric choices.  Having a somewhat-limited selection and fabrics that aren't "safe" together--meaning I'm using different lines and incorporating two coordinates, the white and Dear Stella mini dot--really makes me work outside my comfort zone.  I'm trying to limit the number of blocks that are one print and a coordinate; instead, I'm looking for a scrappier palette.  I'm not quite where I want to be yet, but I'm hoping it gets easier with each block!

I plan on working on this project over the next few weeks or months, depending on what else I have going on.  Hopefully I won't bore you with the updates.  I'm also trying to decide on a backing fabric--let me know if you have any ideas!