Ahhhhhhhh. I MADE IT THROUGH DECEMBER! Like I said last month, this time of year is ridiculously busy for a long arm quilter. Add in family that wants to spend time together and suddenly there is NO time left for projects.
I panicked about this project last week and tried to work with the panel I’d picked out (see last post). No go. Changed my plan to this:
Gray, blue and sashing between a set of 4 blocks, because I LOVE how the pinwheels show and really wanted to include them.
As I wasn’t sure what I’d use as that center, I looked through my stash and found this pinkish red and gray, so I switched out the main color. Once I measured the flowers, I saw I needed to not only fussy cut them (blech), but I also needed to make the blocks bigger.
I also wanted the arrows to REALLY come out, so I changed the ratio and made that center strip wider, for a fatter arrow.
Once the blocks came together, I was sorely disappointed at how the arrows looked. They really just didn’t pop out!
I did like how the creamy sashing popped out, but didn’t love the quilt (except the colors). So I decided to take the left over strips, cut a few more and make a piano key border with the flower fabric in the corners.
I LOVE how it turned out with this border. If I wasn’t exhausted I might have added another round of the cream sashing to the outside of the piano keys. But I was done so here it is :). I think it’s really amazing how spending a bit of extra time on the border completely turned around how I felt about this quilt!
Now, I know this began as a 12 month challenge, but the thing is, I have 2 more planned that I feel compelled to make. But I ALSO have a challenge already set for 2015. That will take a while to execute, so I may continue sharing this project as long as it interests me :).
Happy quilting my friends. And Happy New Year!
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!