|Planned Layout for my Jingle Quilt|
- My existing blocks are fine, and I don't need to swap out any more pieced blocks. Once the blocks are surrounded by the red poinsettia fabric of the setting triangles, they blend together much better than they do when I look at them against the off white backdrop of my design wall.
- I want to set my center applique medallion straight rather than an point. I really hated the idea of giant green setting triangles around the center medallion, for one thing, and I really want to do some pieced borders with these blocks without the quilt growing to an unmanageable size. Setting the center medallion straight should give me about 5 1/2" between the medallion and the other blocks, enough for several smaller pieced borders, and I can also do multiple pieced and plain borders in place of the wide green outer border as well.
Here is how Erin's pattern calls for the blocks to be set:
|Original Pattern Designer's Layout|
I think this looks great with Erin's fabric choices, but I just have not been able to find a green print fabric that I like well enough between the blocks and the medallion, and when I scroll through my Pinterest boards, I find that the sampler quilts that catch my eye again and again seem to be the ones with multiple pieced and plain borders that are scaled smaller than the blocks they frame. Do I have the skills to get all of these borders to lay nice and flat and fit together properly? Well, that remains to be seen. This whole project has been a learning experience, just like every other project has been, come to think of it. I think the pieced borders will be worth it even if I struggle with them, because I used a LOT of different fabrics in this quilt and mixing those up in pieced borders will help to tie it all together and unify the finished quilt much better than gigantic pieces of fabrics could possibly do, regardless of whether I used green solid fabric or a green print.
Meanwhile, I'm still working on the applique hand work for the center medallion and I do have a ways to go with that. I'm probably a good two weeks out from finishing, since I only work on it for 30 minutes to an hour each day. Stay tuned... :-)