As lazy as I've been about quilting and blogging lately, I couldn't let yesterday go by without doing something quilty. I visited one of my favorite stores, Keanes, in Mason. They have a lovely little store with lots of home dec items, and a nice little fabric department. I also visited a store nearby, Yards of Fabric. I was soooo tempted to buy some pretty spring-like fabric but I held mysef back.
I decided to pull out one of my UFO's to see if I could finish it. I made these New York Beauty blocks in a class, probably 4 or 5 years ago. At the time, I was pretty new to quilting and into everything being matchy-matchy. I found a lot of batiks that I liked, and the teacher encouraged me to make the blocks all different. She said, "Just start making the blocks without worrying how they will go together". So, I did just that and ended up with 24 blocks that I really liked. I tried putting them together in a pleasing arrangement and quickly got overwhelmed, so it became a UFO. Since I had 24 blocks, I tried putting them together in a 4 x 6 arrangement, but I just couldn't get the pattern I liked. So after fooling around, I ended up with a 6 x 6 pattern, which meant that I was now short by 12 blocks. If this was going to get finished, I knew I had to do something different than making 12 more blocks. So, I found some dark purple batik in my stash, and used that as a filler. I like this better as it calms the pattern down a bit, and sets off the blocks This is the pattern I came up with.
I don’t think I like the bottom yellow block. It kind of shouts at me. Do you like this arrangement better?
Here’s the center block. A little low contrast on one of the blocks. Would you swap that block out for something with more contrast? I was going for similar colors in the middle.
The only problem is now I have a 64 x 64 quilt. My ordered brain says that the quilt should be longer than wider. Any ideas on a border (if I even need one)? I don’t have any more of the purple batik I used for the filler, but I do have lots of batik fabrics.
Hope your weekend was a good one!