I made a quilt following an intricate two-color gridded design, using basic unit piecing methods. It's 55x41" with individual squares that finish to 1" in size.
I'm going to share here what went into the design choices. I will cover the construction details that are relevant to the nature of the design, but not attempt to cover basic piecing and quilting techniques.
Step 1: Source Pattern, Two-color Inspiration
There's lots of cool two color designs that would make dramatic quilts. I was looking for a maze generator to make printouts with to amuse my young son, and when I found Unikatissima's Maze Generator applet
, I was inspired to make a maze quilt.
Unikatissma has a Random Squares Pattern Generator
that looks fun. I also find Cellular Automata patterns a good source of inspiration for two color designs, and my favorite tool for exploring them is Mirek's Java Cellebration
. My next quilt is planned based on a "Life 012345678/1" rule automata.
Step 2: Color Choices - Lights
I used Robert Kaufman Kona solids and for the nearly-whites I chose the lightest colors available to me, ending up with white, plus ten nearly-whites. They're all in a pretty tight range of values.
Step 3: Color Choices - Darks
I've overexposed the photo so that you can distinguish the darks; they all read as distinct from each other in person, and they cover a wider range of values than the lights do. I started by pulling from stash, and even in the cases where I bought fabric for this project, I often did not choose the darkest shade available to me. I have black, plus fifteen dark colors. I had several very similar blues in stash, and using one fewer would not have been noticeable (140 Nightfall, is present in the quilt but not in the annotated picture).