Everything takes me longer than I think it will. (Maybe that's the way things go for many introverts. Or maybe it's just me....) At the beginning of the month I thought I had things under control for choosing sashing for this quilt and that it would sew up quickly in an afternoon. About two weeks into the month, when I began to look closely, I realized that what I thought I was going to do wasn't what the quilt wanted.
When I should have been at least half-finished I was beginning all over again. I finally chose brown for the sashing and a red/rust for the cornerstones. I cut the sashing and cornerstones, no problem, and I thought stitching would take an afternoon. Hah! As I said, things take longer than I think they will. And then, as usually happens, partway through stitching the top together I wondered if I'd made a bad choice for the sashing color and again questioned the arrangement of blocks. I'm satisfied with the sashing and cornerstones.
My lesson with this goal is not to set a time limit on a creative decision. I really can't rush creativity. I need time to imagine possibilities, play with options, and let the quilt speak. (Maybe it's another introvert thing.)
Above is a flash photo taken inside. The colors are just a tad too bright. Below is a photo taken between rainbursts today when the clouds thinned out just a little. The colors appear greyed and less warm than they really are. (But this quilt will have other opportunities to be photographed.)
Despite the problems I mentioned yesterday and despite how it looks in the photo above, the quilt did turn out very close to square -- an attribute I always aim for because it means my piecing and stitching are becoming more accurate.
As it is now, the top measures 59" x 82". I think it needs a border. I've had several ideas but need to play and dream a bit before deciding.
Even without the border, I've accomplished my One Monthly Goal for March: to sew the star blocks together with sashing.
Please visit OMG: It's Finished! Prizes added to March Linkup! at Red Letter Quilts to see other quilters' finishes for March.
I'm also linking this post to
> Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
> finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts
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