The quilt was designed by Kristy Daum who blogs at stlouisfolkvictorian.blogspot.com. Her finished product is at left. I thought it would be neat to utilize my American Jane "Breath of Avignon" fabrics that I have been
hoarding carefully saving for just the right project. I purchased them two years ago at VCQ Celebration at Smith Mountain Lake, and since I'm headed back there in two months, I decided it was time to use up some of my treasured goods (before I added to them).
I wanted a pattern that would highlight the beautiful patterns in the fabric, but with a fun, geometric style, and this just fits the bill.
I am pretty pleased with the layout below, but of course I've worked myself into a dilemma. I have three yards of the most gorgeous floral, that is part of this line. I fully intended to use it for a nice large border, bringing this quilt up to a 70 x 82 size (I'm getting a little tired of my 60 x 60 square quilts.
Of course, dummy that I am, it never occurred to me that my floral border wouldn't work because my "setting" puzzle squares are BRIGHT white, and my floral white yardage isn't white at all, it's CREAM (a pale, very pale cream, but cream, nevertheless.
You probably can't see the difference from the photos, but boy, can you see them when the fabric is held up to the main body of the quilt. Now I'm back to "square one." Pondering a narrow sashing border, with some other border that doesn't "quite" match. Using the floral for the back; saving the floral for another quilt........aargh. I guess the only good thing about this is that I did not "stubbornly" sew on a border, convincing myself that it worked, when I knew it didn't.
What are your "best laid plans" that went astray lately? I am pleased with the basic top; I think it does showcase the fabric as I had hoped. But I had a finished quilt in mind, and that's probably not going to happen the way I "saw it" in my mind.
Guess I'll do a little judicious shopping at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival tomorrow....the hubby and I are here so he can see some gorgeous long-arm quilting (his first major Quilt Show). Plus, I suspect, we'll do a little shopping. Superior Threads has a booth here, so we're also aiming to beef up our thread collection.
I'll let you know how I solved my dilemma (and am happy to listen to some comments and suggestions, folks).....
I guess we'll call this "Wanderings on Wednesday" since I'm 230 miles from home and wondering what to do next.........