Thoughts on various aspects of this quilt top:
The nine patches and snowballs are all sewn together. They stay as they are (for better or worse).
the stop border
You can barely see it there on the left side, a light/bright and very narrow strip of turquoise and white check. Now I wonder if it's too light. I've tried several other colors and tones/shades and haven't been happy with any of them. And maybe it's too narrow. I'm not sure how wide to make it on a quilt this size. Width? Color?
the outer border
It is intentionally uneven, narrower on the top and right side, wider on the bottom and left side. Should it be even wider on the left and bottom? Will the quilt look okay with an uneven border? How wide is too wide, how narrow is too narrow?
I researched border sizes a little and learned that current thought suggests that the most effective border width is based on a numerical equation called phi, equal to 1.618. Multiply the block size by .618 and by 1.618 to find out the best width range for a border. The blocks in this quilt are 4½". The range for the border is between 2¾" and 7¼". That's a really wide range for a quilt center that measures 31½" x 40½". As the borders are laid out now, the left and lower borders are 7", the right and top borders are 5". Hmmmm.
The pinks are not really pink but small red prints on white/off white grounds (and two plaids), but they look very pink. The greens and blues are also on white (or vice versa). I think the colors will work but I don't like the placement.
the applique flowers
The vine is a piece of yarn to give the impression of a vine but I don't think a vine will be effective on this quilt so I'm taking it out.
Only a few applique flowers are laying on the border but I'm thinking of clusters of flowers with leaves on the wide borders; single flowers and leaves on the narrow borders. Maybe the flowers are too small....
It's all just play for now but I can't play too long or our grandbaby girl will be 2 before it's finished! I've decided that in my case, creativity can not be rushed. It will take its time or the result will be less than my creative best and will look insincere. There are so many variables in the creation of a quilt. It seems to me that some people have an intuitive ability to make "perfect" decisions. And some of us just puzzle our way through it learning a little from each quilt.
I'm linking this post to:
- A Lovely Year of Finishes at Fiber of All Sorts. My goal is to have this top completely stitched by the end of November. I would love to have it layered and partly quilted before the end of the month, too. It may happen but I'm not claiming that as a goal for A Lovely Year of Finishes.
- Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts.