A while ago (so long I can’t remember when exactly) I signed up with Kristen at Meadowbrook for a nine patch QAL. I put her button in my side bar and started dreaming in nine patches…
In my head I trialled virtually all my fabric in endless combinations but I never actually got round to sewing until last week. I’ve been trying to decide what to do with these red paisley prints for ages but they never seem to go with anything else so I decided to just put them with white because I happened to have enough of it. The squares are 5″ which I chose so I could get a reasonably sized quilt out of them.
It came together very quickly but the white areas are looking very big and very white. So I’ve been wondering whether to embellish it with applique or maybe dresdens…or whether to resist and go with a ‘less is more’ theme…What do you think?
|nine patch top currently 67 1/2″ square|
At the moment I’m thinking I’ll add a thin white border (to get it to 72″ square because I’ve got most of a queen sized piece of wadding), do some straight line quilting and use the little I have left of these fabrics, together with some solid red, for the binding. Then I’ll see whether it looks ok or needs something more to break up all the white…
Still on the ‘less is more’ theme, the other thing I’ve been thinking about over the Summer is low volume. I came across it back in June when Karen blogged about this lovely quilt she had made. I went to visit this flickr group and drooled over all the beautiful, restful quilts and I resolved to try sewing a bit more quietly. But I haven’t been doing very well! I somehow missed Rebecca Lynne’s Low Volume Swap until it was too late and, although I’ve been very quiet on the blogging front, my sewing seems to have gone to the other extreme. This is my block for Sana in the ‘Scrappy? Sew Be It!’ Bee. Sana said “I love bright colors“. I hope I haven’t taken her too literally…this is an indoor photo and the colours haven’t come out quite right but there’s no getting away from the fact that this is loud!
What have you been thinking about lately? Come over and share your musings at TNT.
I also have two small finishes – Sana’s block and this little bag (blogged here) and the bag has a little hand stitching, although it’s not easy to see in the photo.