It's amazing what a good night's sleep away from your project can do.
First off. I know there are awesome sewing machine dealers out there. They work hard and do a wonderful job. They know/love their business and how to work will all kinds of people. I just had a nosy lady that just wouldn't leave me alone about buying my machine from another store. It just set me off that day.
Back to my project:
With a fresh look at this quilt I realized I had made this WAY harder than it should be. I went through and realized the quilt was 36 blocks wide and 40 blocks down. If I did my math right, all I needed to do was set up 36 sets with 40 fabrics in each one. Sound about right?
I set up 3 rows of 12 and started putting my patches in the piles. I only have a little over 300, but just tried to have at least one of each fabric in each set as I went. I really only need enough fabric to give some variety. If I wanted to be crazy, I'd need 40 blocks each of 36 different prints.
Here's what I set up:
I feel so much more confident after laying out piles. The quilt doesn't seem nearly as intimidating and I can easily decide where I want the different blocks for their placement. I went to another store and purchased some more half-yards of some purple fabric that I hadn't' seen.
This is going to be an awesome looking quilt!