Tree Pairs "Pre-flight" Checklist
Here’s a list of things to check BEFORE you begin to make your blocks:
___ My fabrics are 100% cotton and of good quality–nothing so thin you can see your hand through it, nor loosely woven.
___ My fabrics have been washed by me, so that all the blocks will have fabrics that have been pre-shrunk and checked for any running colors.
___ My fabrics follow the guidelines. I have at least one BLACK fabric–it can be a solid black or a black-on-black (BOB) Some BOB prints look almost dark gray-on-black–they are OK. For each pair of tree blocks, I will use a different tone-on-tone (TOT) print in jewel tones. A TOT means that the fabric has different shades of the same color and NO OTHER colors. Jewel Tones are just what they sound like, rich colors that could be described as gems: Ruby, Saphire, Amethyst, Citrine, Emerald, Aquamarine, Topaz. Here is a set of jewel tones (with a BOB on the left) from my stash:
- To double check your FABRICS before you begin (like this one)
- To check your BLOCKS after they are made (before you post them on the blog)
- For WINNERS to check blocks as they arrive for their readiness to be put into QUILTS, so they can give me a heads-up about any problems.
Would this help? Please don’t automatically say “yes” because you know you can just skip it … it would mean another few steps for me–steps that I would have to have to complete before I could send out the sneak peek, so the sneak peekers would have the first two. Depending on what else is going on in my life, sometimes just getting the sneak peek out can be a challenge 😉
But, as someone brilliantly pointed out, it is a place where any special challenges/potential problems with fabric choice or block construction could be discussed.
What else should be on this list?
The Finished block check list?
The Winner’s check list? For the last, I really want it to be easy for the winners … they shouldn’t have to think about it or pull out a ruler and measure each and every block or take copious notes. I’m thinking that winner’s DO need to take a moment, look at each block they receive and ask themselves if they will use it. If not, THEN they need to be specific and let me know why.