Monday, June 18, 2012
So, this is what happened
By now if you read yesterday's post you've seen the mystery quilt I made for the Wee Bee Quilters 2012 challenge using the Shoo Fly block. I wanted to use just solids for a change, just to see what the finished quilt would look like, and I have to admit I like it! This is the first quilt I've done without borders, and if you think that's not a challenge in itself, just try maintaining a straight edge while you quilt it on a surface that keeps grabbing the quilt!
As you've guessed from the blog title, it wasn't finished without a certain amount of drama attached. When I made the quilt in March, I tried three different settings for the blocks before I decided not to overthink it and just pick something ... it's just a quilt for pete's sake!
My first idea was to set the blocks side-by-side with a border (no sashing), but that was a bit too... blah.
It started off okay ... see that 12" block in the corner? BUT, the solid bands looked a little too blank for some reason. I considered placing appliqued flowers or doo-dad shapes in there, but for some reason I just couldn't get my mind wrapped around this layout.
Then I thought of the layout you see above, solid-and-white wonky shoo fly blocks alternating with solid blue blocks!
The binding (which I finished sewing down on Friday!) is a solid green, simply because I didn't have enough of that blue left. But it's actually a good touch - at 36x36 and with those bright colors, I believe this little guy will make a nice crib quilt!
As I look at the picture of the log cabin setting, it makes me want to rethink that layout. Maybe if it gets done in regular printed fabrics, it would have a totally different look? Don't be surprised if you see me do one with strings where the solid bands are... it has possibilities!
In any case, enjoy your Monday; sew forth and sew on!