At guild a long time ago, I picked up a kit to make a twin sized charity quilt. The Rail Fence pattern needs one dark, one medium and one light. The kit had two darks and a light. So it sat a while.
I had a lot of left overs from the Urban Chickens quilt–strips conveniently 3 1/2 inches wide. Lots of medium, but not a single color. I decided to sew and figure out an arrangement later. I finished the sewing of the blocks at last year’s fall retreat. I delayed a long while because I don’t particularly like trimming blocks and these needed it.
Today I am getting ready for this year’s fall retreat, so finally trimmed. Next comes the fun part, arranging the colors. I started out alternating horizontal rows. I dismantled that before I thought of photos, but trust me, it didn’t look good.
I think because the design moves diagonally that alternating diagonal rows works better. (To echo or to contrast? That is the question. Today the answer was to echo. )I’ll have to stare at it for a while and move a block or two before I pack it up.
It will need a border. I don’t like the fabric from the kit for the border either. I’ll go stash diving later and see what I have that works. I guess that kit will end up making two tops.
Assembly should go fairly quickly. I have one other project kitted and another two planned. Lots of cutting in my week to get ready!
7 responses to “Mostly Traditional”
To me, it’s crying out for a bright border, but everyone likes different things. Whatever you choose will be great 🙂
It’s on the “Design Bed” 🙂
I think echo quilting would be cool.
It’s hard to works on a quilt or really any project that doesn’t sing to you. It does look nice though. You have done a great job!
That turned out well!
I have never constructed one of these beauties! Amazing the play of color and placement can be so geometrical! This is the makings of a beautiful quilt!
I like the current layout. Random, but darks and lights are well defined. Enjoy your retreat, lucky you!
This looks good. It would be wonderful to be able to get two quilts out of that one kit! Kudos on the Welcome Blanket finish too!