When thinking about projects to make for the release of my greyscale range of fabrics, I really liked many projects from the Quilt Along where people were using color gradations in the sections of the quilt. Inspired by that, I planned out my fabrics from light to dark from the center out. The side sections are made from some of the print pieces in the CF Grid Group, and the top and bottom sections are made from beautiful greyscale pieces from Kona Sheen. There’s something really nice about adding a little bit of shine to a project like this.
I loosely matched the value of the prints with the solids, but I think it would be great to play with that aspect in another way too.
For anyone keeping track, this is my 5th(!) Ray quilt, and I’m realizing now that all of them except for one have been hand quilted. This is nothing against machine quilting, but more a testament to my love for hand quilting right now. It’s been my mood.
In this version, I hand quilted a horizontal and vertical grid using a variety of white, grey and black threads. For projects with a color transition in the fabrics, it can be fun to consider a thread transition as well.
I did all of the rows in one direction before deciding to add lines in the other direction. It was one of those times where I thought I wanted a grid, but figured I’d work in one direction fully before committing to the other direction as well. Sometimes it doesn’t need it, and it’s nice to factor in some flexibility for yourself.
The backing is flannel, which is so very cozy.
Pattern: Ray Quilt Pattern (free tutorial here)
Other Resources: Ray Quilt Along
Since I’ve made several Ray quilts, maybe it’ll be fun to give a visual recap here.