I've been playing with the Buckeye Beauty blocks again. Lynn Roddy Brown's original quilt (scroll down at this link) had blocks with both light and dark centers sewn together slightly differently. In her layout all the light centers went in one direction and the dark centers in another. Something about my blocks with that layout bothered me so I cut and sewed more blocks with dark centers and tried a layout with only those.
I wasn't sure I liked all darks any better than I did my original lights and darks. Something doesn't work, in my opinion.
With more darks to choose from I tried the light/dark layout again.
I think this might be a go. (Unfortunately my vacuum ate one of the light-centered blocks this afternoon so I'll have to figure out which one and either remake it or unstitch a finished dark-center block and restitch it as a light-center block.) There may be one or two blocks I will change out and there may be some changes in the block placements. This quilt will also get a border, probably green, maybe plaid, or maybe brown. I suppose I should try out border fabrics before I sew the blocks together?
This is probably not a quilt I will ever love but I don't dislike it. I know that I'll make another, different quilt in the future for the little guy who will get this when it's finished. For now he can lie on it, spit up on it, play peek-a-boo with it, and cuddle up in it when winter comes. It will withstand all of those and endure for many years (unless it gets lost like his sister's quilt), until he outgrows it.
I'm learning that every quilt will not be spectacular. We hope they all will be but some quilts will be fabulous quilts, some will be great quilts, and some will be okay, everyday quilts. But they can all keep someone warm, and perhaps warm that someone's heart because of the love that was sewn into every seam and stitch.
Happy quilting to you.
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