Went to "late night" (aka stitch-n-bitch) this week at Something to Crow About. Finished one more block for the 1930s reproduction quilt I am making.
Before: the original block was awkwardly bordered. There was a sister block of the same Friendship Star, so I wanted to make them more matchy-matchy. (The 21 challenge blocks I received were made by many hands, with many fabrics. I feel justified in trying to unify things a bit by tweaking.)
And, along the way, made some decisions about the overall layout of the quilt. (We'll see how many times I change my mind before now and Quilt Camp/Retreat at the end of the month.)
Smashing Sets- Exciting ways to arrange quilt blocks by Margaret Miller; Setting Solutions by Sharyn Craig; Sensational Settings- Over 80 ways to arrange your quilt blocks by Joan Hanson (all available from my local library). I really wanted the central area to be very white, as I love the crisp white areas of 1930s quilt designs.
Had an AHA! moment when explaining my desire for "lots of white" in the central area: several of the blocks feature white backgrounds. How about, instead of agonizing about the Basket block and its need for an on-point setting, I just place all the blocks with white backgrounds in the center, and all the more colorful blocks around the outside, like a picture frame? Eureka!
Shift in focus: smaller, partial block pieces need to be made into full-size blocks. I only need one more white-background block, so the coffee cup blocks (my own design!) will be put into more colorful settings. I have a game plan!
So ready for Quilt Camp. Two weeks to go.