There is a blank wall opposite the door and above the computer. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the baskets till they weren't there and I saw an empty wall as I walked down the hall.
Now they lie on the floor with possible sashings around them, patiently awaiting play time.
Before I can move forward I want to consider and then decide on several things, listed below in no particular order. I think most of these considerations will resolve themselves as I play and try out ideas.
- Layout. Tall ones in a row, short ones in a row, or some other arrangement?
- Sashing colors/fabrics. Which colors/tints/shades will look best with these blocks? I think black is too strong but perhaps the others are too bland.
- Will I make them look more "primitive" by adding walnut dye (similar to but more permanent than Cheri Payne's tea/coffee dye)? I think most of the backgrounds are very light, maybe too light. And if I turn them "primitive," will the black still be too dark or just right?
- Do I need to make another basket block or can I fill in with pieced blocks? I don't really want to make another basket but it's more about what the quilt needs than whether I want to make another basket.
- Width of sashing. I want a quilt that's large enough to nap under. Seven of these blocks are 10½" x 13½" (with one horizontal), and one is 7½" x 10½". That's a lot of sashing to make the quilt larger. Of course, the other option is to make more blocks. Or add a border or two....
- And does that horizontal block with the dark background and the coral/peach/salmon blocks look too out of place?
There are so many considerations when creating a scrappy quilt. These baskets and fabrics have only been on the floor since Saturday and I gave them no attention until late last night. I'm just beginning to play with layout, sashing, etc.
That large white section at the very top is a paper angel I think I will use. Cheri created it to go with a different sew-along but I really like her and think she could be perfect at the top of this quilt. I enlarged the original pattern 200% which makes her about 20" wide.
My family will be coming into town next Wednesday so I either need to hurry and decide or take lots of photographs and keep the fabrics together. I think this happened last year when I had to take up the medallion quilt. Sometimes I bemoan my slowness....
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