There could be multiple updates on this project since I’m just not feeling the overall design. Over the weekend I was prepared to add white around the blocks that I had already pieced. I was going to buzz right through them and then add a gray border.
Well I buzzed right through them and then went to press the seams. Reality set in.
The truth is I hate that white border now. I was only able to add to two sides and after pressing I stopped. The white is drowning out all the color in the tiny blocks. I wanted it to create a frame.
For now I have not ripped off the white strips, but it is very tempting. Another idea is floating around in my head that I may try.
Creating with no pattern
Since I like to freehand create quilts and let them develop organically, this happens quite frequently. Typically, I can work through the design and be happy with the results. When a quilt has no pattern, I get to stretch myself creatively. Improvising challenges me to work through the creative process. It can be frustrating to hit many roadblocks, but I’m not going to put out a quilt that I’m not pleased with.
I have been contemplating the next steps for a couple of days. One design that I keep envisioning is more simple. Rather than frame the little squares in white, let’s skip that portion and just frame in gray. From there I would float the framed squares around the quilt. Maybe this needs to be bigger than a baby size to play with scale more. Check back next week to see where I have taken this project.
I’m open to suggestions if you have any input.