Saturday, April 28, 2012

Changing Gears

It looks innocent enough, doesn't it? Just a simple square within a square.

Well, about a year ago I was dying to try making this block - no big plans for it, just wanted to try it (almost sounds like how an addiction starts, doesn't it?). Well, one thing led to another and before you know it I was planning a quilt top around it. And now with Martha's Star finished it was the first thing that I picked up when I went back to the WIP chair to see what was next on my list.

I wanted a mix of blocks and lots of white to show off the cheery prints. 9-patches form the centre, they are bordered by 4-patch blocks in a lighter palette...

and then it's all contained by the square-in-a-square blocks. I think I'll call it Spring Garden. My quandary is in what to do next.

I have this airy alphabet print for the backing (another great sale - I never pay full price for my backings) and thought that a variety of green 2" blocks on the point with white spacers would work, picking up the green in the print, but it just looked like an argyle - too heavy and not what I wanted.

Now I'm thinking that I'd like to incorporate a picot edge with a number of blue prints to make it a little playful - the bottom polka dot print is an old sun dress - remember those Betty? Not sure if it will be right against this panel or with a bit of a white spacer. Or maybe as the outside edge. Still a little planning to do but that's part of the fun, isn't it? All suggestions welcome!

But it won't be sewn together in the next day or two because after the workout that my machine got recently I've sent it to the 'spa' for a tune up. I've noticed that the knob to drop my feed dogs is stuck too so maybe they can loosen that up. All of which means that it's back to hand sewing and a little cutting for the next few days, or maybe cleaning up my table - a nice change of pace...M


imquilternity said...

I'm loving what you're doing with this quilt. It's going to be quite wonderful, I think. Very imaginative and that's what I like about us quilters. We are all very original in our own little way, aren't we? I especially like the way you've put the lighter blocks surrounding the darker, brighter ones. That will really make that center pop.

imquilternity said...

Oh, I meant to say "thank you" for the lovely comment you left for me on my blog.