Now is a good time to admit that the first time I saw this pattern, I thought what you see below (the pattern cover) was the entire quilt. Though I later realized it was just a close-up, I do want to make the quilt below, just enlarged. I think it would be very cool.
Clearly part of what makes Tula's quilt so fantastic is the quilting in the background. My quilting is not quite up to that level yet (ha!), so I decided to add background interest by piecing. Here's my finished top:
When it came to adding the letters, I knew I wanted to use a black fabric so they'd pop against the relatively busy background. I auditioned a few different options, as I had it stuck in my head that it might look neat to have a letter color backgrounds that were opposite that quadrant's background (the words might not make sense, but look at the next couple pictures and you'll know what I mean).
First, I tried pink on pink.
Then I rearranged, and tried the pink L with the orange background, thinking I'd switch the colors kitty corner.
I didn't like it.
Then I tried switching the colors across the way, so that each letter background was on the complementary background.
I really wanted to like this, but I didn't.
Ultimately I went back to my first attempt. It looks more seamless this way, don't you think?
Here's a close-up of the center section:
Now that I've entered this in the Sew Along, I'm going to do what I mentioned in my previous post about quilts for those displaced by Hurricane Sandy: add a black inner border and additional pieced blocks to make it bigger, quilt it, and send it to the East Coast.
Also, I'm linking up to share with Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Friday Can I get a whoop whoop?!
Have a great weekend!