All along I knew that I would be making the "City Planner" quilt layout that is included in the book, so I had to decide on the sashing solids. Why didn't I order these fabrics months ago? Who knows, that would have made so much more sense. So I got in touch with Hawthorne Threads, and the lovely Becky helped me with picking two gray fabrics that complimented each other and complimented the blocks, which were constructed out of the line Constellations by Lizzy House and a variety of blue solids. I ended up deciding on two solid (Silver and Charcoal) fabrics from Hawthorne Threads new line called Hawthorne Hues. They were perfect, and have such a beautiful hand to them, it really was a dream to work with these new solids. Oh and I bought these fabrics, so I'm totally not biased or anything, they really are nice. They ironed really well too. Just saying.
Now it was time for construction. The City Planner layout uses all 100 blocks and makes a king size quilt. Oh my, what have I gotten myself into? So I started cutting, and sewing, and laying out blocks, and sewing some more. Goodness gracious! I included the below shot to show what it looked like when I was laying the blocks out on my living room floor. I started with the layout that Tula used in the book, then had to move around blocks according to the same fabrics or solids being next to one another. By the end I moved a lot of them, but the original layout concept is still there.
P.S. I titled this post "Labor of Love" because just like when you first have a baby, you think, why would I ever do that again? Then time passes, you forget about all that hard work and you have another. Thus, this is how I feel with this huge quilt. I am hoping in time I forget how hard it was to wrestle this beast and will make another large quilt! But for now, nope won't be making another king size quilt anytime soon!