Thursday, August 21, 2014

Progess after 3+ years

My blue snowflakes have resurfaced after taking me almost 3-1/2 years to applique 9 blocks. I thought I had decided how I would lay them out and the number of each type (light on dark or dark on light) was determined by this layout. But, after some analysis, drawing, calculating, whining, and recalculating I decided on a different direction.

I admit that my taste has changed over the years and although I still love the colors and the focal fabric (above), I didn't want to use a traditional on-point layout with sashing and borders which was my original plan. But I also do not (I repeat: DO NOT) want to make any more applique blocks. So, I added 1/2 square trianges to the corners to put the blocks on point without needing to mess with setting trianges. This also made all of the blocks one color, so the mix/match of the dark and light backgrounds would be less obvious.

I kept wanting to introduce some green, then maybe use the focal fabric as a few blocks. But this fabric is busy and it all looked too much. But without it, all the fabrics didn't quite go with each other and there was too much white.

So with mom's advice, I have gone back to sashing - wide 4 inch sashing and borders using the focal fabric. It does work, I think because of all that white to break up the busy print and not distract from the applique. The size of the quilt will be a bit odd as a 58-inch square - not exactly a king single which was the plan.

I'm already thinking about how to quilt it. There will be a lot of negative space, so it will require something interesting. Hopefully it won't be 3 years until I get around to finishing it.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday.


  1. This is lovely! And I totally understanding not wanting to make more blocks! I have a quilt that's been in my head for a few years ~ I finally sat down with graph paper a few days ago (no fancy software here) and figured out how to make it work. Now that I've figured it out, though, I'm not entirely sure I want to actually MAKE the quilt as it will be a ton of tedious work and I think I'll tire of it before I get a decent sized quilt. Darn!

  2. That is detailed applique! No wonder they have taken a while.

  3. I can understand why you don't want to make more, but they are so beautiful. I congratulate you on picking up an old project and getting it done. It will be fun to quilt with all the extra space.

  4. Oh, I really like it as is. I'm sure it will be lovely with the sashing, too.