To tell the truth:
- The background fabric and these baskets sat on my ironing board all month where I could see them.
- As I was busily working on other things I would think, I'll work on those when ________ is finished. That is to say, I thought about them but didn't do much with them.
- The immediate need for a hand project had passed because I layered my grandson's quilt and began hand quilting that.
- I forgot that I'd claimed choosing backgrounds for these baskets for my #BraveQuilter project until Julie announced that the link-up would open. I saw her post and thought, Did I claim to do something for that this month? Sure enough....
- Despite not sewing a stitch on these blocks I felt brave working on the border for my Gwenny medallion quilt. (It just happened that it wasn't my goal for this link-up.)
When I looked again at the post stating my September goal for #BraveQuilter I realized that it was very vague: "My 'brave' this month will be pushing myself to use something other than a pale neutral background on at least one or two of these blocks."
All that being said, I suppose I can't honestly say I met my goal. But I'm linking up anyway because, though not a stitch was taken nor a decision made, I played with backgrounds.
The baskets on these backgrounds (in this photo and the one above) both look very graphic to me. The backgrounds behind the baskets are prints but the prints mostly disappear in the photos.
While I wouldn't place the baskets in this arrangement (below) I photographed them this way to see how the colors would play with the "grey" background fabric.
Three in a row is interesting. That grey plaid basket disappears on these backgrounds.
This is the same arrangement with a change in the outside fabrics. I have a stack of a dozen or so more fabric possibilities for baskets, backgrounds, sashing, and flowers.
The same grey backgrounds, just separated by "sashing."
I don't have a "vision" for a quilt made from these baskets so it makes it harder to make a decision. I do have the idea of flowers in the baskets. I have two other baskets cut out and their edges are basted but they didn't get into the photos.
Sometimes I wonder what it is about me that prevents me from just buying a pattern and using it for applique blocks. After all, there are plenty of designers who have created beautiful shapes and arrangements for quilts, better than I will ever do. And yet, I just keep doing my own shapes....
So that's my #bravequilter effort for September. (And I've proven to myself that three goals for one month is beyond my ability to accomplish -- at least when two involve creative decisions.)
I'm linking up with Julie's #BraveQuilter end-of-month post at Pink Doxies. Thanks for hosting, Julie.
P.S. If you have any opinions or thoughts about these plaid baskets and background colors, I'd be happy to read your thoughts.