APQ's Tone it Down Quilt Along

A while ago, Lissa Alexander of Moda Lissa emailed to show off a new scrappy quilt and ask if I wanted to join in for a quilt along with American Patchwork & Quilting. I jumped at the chance and was honored to be included!
Lissa's original Tone it Down quilt.  How could I resist joining in?!
I try very hard to embrace the scrappy lifestyle, but I tend to err on the side of planned quilts. Around the time of Lissa's email, we had just seen the Wishes collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics and I immediately fell in love. The color palette was similar to Lissa's quilt, so I decided to use it in my Tone it Down quilt!

As I picked out my fabric, I tried to choose small scale prints, since some of the pieces finish at one inch. Lissa's quilt is low volume, but I have problems with busy background prints. I used a cream solid for my background. I also made mine a little smaller, using less blocks than in the pattern. All in all, this pattern is easily customizable, so feel free to add your personality to it!

Scrappy isn't my forte, so I put my organization skills to work. I wanted to give the LOOK of scrappy, but while sticking to a plan. Planned scrappy, I call it! I decided to alternate the chains with yellows and greens, and alternate the rings with reds and blues. To keep everything straight (and really show off my OCD tendencies), I made a color key to keep track of what I used for the chains and rings.

That is how I got my quilt started! Don't forget to hop over to the other bloggers participating in the Tone it Down Quilt Along, like Camille Roskelley, Carrie of La Vie en Rose, Jane of Quilt Jane, Sherri of A Quilting Life, Lisa of Primitive Gatherings, Amy of Amy's Creative Side, and Anne of Bunny Hill Designs. We will all be blogging our way through the quilting process over the next few months. Everyone did something a little different with their quilt, so there is plenty to see!

Pull fabrics from your own scrappy stash (or planned scrappy!) and pick up your copy of the February issue of American Patchwork and Quilting!

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