Today was such a grey, windy, cold day, more like days we see in late fall or early winter. It was a great day for a nap, or an old movie, or a good book. It was not a great day, or even a good day, to look at fabric and colors for a quilt.
I have been playing with background/sashing fabric for the Baskets of Plenty. It didn't take me too long to realize that using hourglass blocks for sashing were a bad idea -- or at least more challenging than my brain wants to deal with right now. There was no common denominator for length and width of the blocks to use the same size hourglass blocks for sashing. I haven't yet abandoned the idea of using the hourglass blocks in a border.
Instead of hourglasses I've been trying out solid colors for sashing. Well, trying them out with my photo program.
I'm not a huge fan of black but I think the baskets stand out more vibrantly against black than the other colors. (I have no idea where to find a black fabric as black as in this photo above. And even if I did, it probably wouldn't be black after a few washings.) These fabric below are the only colors I already have on hand that could be used for sashing. The photo was taken without a flash so the colors are close to true. I'm trying to decide whether I can use several shades of a color. I think there's already so much variety in the blocks that adding variation in the sashing would just be too much.
Which means I can choose a color I have on hand that has enough yardage or I can buy fabric.
Another thing I want to try is putting borders around each block probably using light or medium fabrics. I don't think dark fabrics would add anything to the baskets. But we'll see. So many options and considerations when creating a quilt. I sometimes wish I saw it all finished early on but then I would miss the opportunity to play and explore.
I've am adapting one of Cheri's angel patterns to use at the top of the quilt. Her angel is too narrow so I'm widening the wings, still trying to create wings I like. No photos of her yet.
I'm so used to choosing goals that require me to make visible and specific progress on something. I have to keep reminding myself that there's no pressure to make any decisions about this quilt, that I'm just playing, trying alternatives, and enjoying the process. It's almost -- almost -- like not having a goal.
I hope you're having some fun, enjoying whatever you're doing.