So here we are… FINALLY!
November is quite a busy time for a longarm quilter, so it was a really difficult for me to fit this in, on top of being quite unsure as to what I was even going to make!
Originally I thought fall colors, because they’re my favorite, but I’ve really already done that. Someone suggested a panel with the blocks around it, so I envisioned a cornucopia in the center with coordinating blocks around it. Couldn’t find a panel I liked at all.
Despite the busy season, I had signed up for a retreat with some friends I hadn’t retreated with in forever (okay, like 2 years) at a center that was rumored to be fabulous. So I decided to make it there.
I had toyed with the idea of alternating blocks, and maybe making the center of ‘the’ blocks into tiny 9 patches. When I drew that up it looked too busy, so I decided to do a 9 patch as the alternating block. Still unsure of my colors though.
Two days before going on retreat I was packing up my baggies of scraps and potential projects and suddenly decided that I wanted to use the leftover black and white fabric I had from making a rag quilt for a customer. I thought about gray accents, but ultimately ruled that out. So I cut up the black and white and brought some red and black print, thinking that would be a great border.
I was a little concerned that the black with white and white with black would blend too well and end up looking a mess. But when I put the top together, I REALLY liked how it was coming along.
With the blocks together I decided it needed a small inner white border to be like a break in the action, and then grabbed my “Plaster of Paris” line of fabrics, which are bright, rich colors that aren’t quite solids – they almost look like colored stucco. The turquoise was undeniable, so that became the middle border = the pop of color. I decided plain black was the best outer border, as it was a calm frame.
So let’s compare again:
“The” block –
January result – all scraps in turquoise, bright pink and green (and white)
February result – scrap white and purple dyed, sashing matches center blocks (focal fabric)
March result – different center, but magenta and purple and white match it. I placed the white and purple triangles specifically to ensure the pinwheel came out
April result – crayon box threw up. center squares were inspiration, all brights were scraps that matched lines in center squares. totally random placement
May’s version – I think this should be called sunburst
Here is the quilt WITH the border –
I keep these two photos in here because I think it’s SO important to include a border on quilts. It makes a frame, which is like closure for your eyes. I think it makes a quilt look finished.
And here’s June –
While I like the more complete/less sparse look of July over June, I think if I made this quilt top in different colors, with something lighter than the red, that I might like the finished product even more.
See how many different quilts can be made with just one block and a little imagination? Don’t be put off by a quilt pattern photo in colors you don’t like – give the pattern a good, hearty look, and consider how YOU could make it with fabric you DO like! Or change the setting, add alternating blocks even! It might end up becoming your favorite quilt!
Can’t wait to see December? Well, I HAVE a plan, AND I HAVE the fabric, so hopefully it won’t take me another 30 days to get this one done!! Also, I have a special surprise for you in January! Stay tuned, and happy quilting my friends!