Now that you've chosen the 20 fall color fabrics for the background we need to begin the cutting and sewing process.
The background section is a pieced brick design. I know this could be strip pieced quickly with a limited number of fabrics but with this quilt we're not working with a large number of pieces so I like having the individual rectangles to lay them out and play with the colors and shading.
- Cut 54 rectangles 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Lay out the rectangles in 9 rows of 6 triangles each. Arrange and rearrange them until you have a flow of color that pleases you. I even chose to use the reverse side of some of my fabrics to get the look I wanted. You may want to cut additional rectangles from some fabrics and eliminate others.
When you're happy with your arrangement sew each row of 6 rectangles together. Press seams to one side.
Sew the 9 rows together staggering the vertical seam lines. The staggers don't have to be exact or the same on all rows. Press seams in one direction.
That's it for today. We'll trim things up and carve our pumpkins next!