My medallion top has been hanging on my design wall for weeks and weeks, waiting for inspiration to strike. What block will I make for my final border? I wanted it to be 6.5 x 6.5 inches and pieced without templates. As every other part of the quilt has been paper pieced, I'm getting a little tired of that and have been wanting to just sit and sew.
As the rest of the quilt is very angular, I thought a basic square/rectangle block might be a nice change. After a quick vote on Instagram (@fluffysheepquilting) it was decided that I'd start making super scrappy blocks on a LV background. I went to town and made 8 tester blocks.
But then when I placed them side by side on the design wall, the design didn't pop against the LV prints. Out came the seam ripper....
And instead I made matchy scrappy blocks on a LV background. Now these you could see easily.
Although the rest of the quilt is hog wild scrappy, I sort of like the grouped, color-coordinated scraps in these final little blocks.
I think the coordinated scrappiness jives relatively well next to the crazy scrappiness of the rest of the quilt.You can easily see the block pattern against the background, too.
The one thing I'm not sure about is that there's no secondary pattern between the blocks in the outer border. They seem quite jarring against one another. I tried making mirror image blocks and inserted them in between, but that's even worse.
Suggestions are welcome, but for now I'll just keep piecing these little cuties until (again) inspirations strikes and I find a better way to unify the blocks in the outer border. I have two pretty good sized piles of scraps cut ready for chain piecing, so it's perfectly mindless and rewarding just sitting and piecing a few blocks as I walk by my sewing room. Happy days.