So, while I was on a Jane-Sassaman-fabric kick, I got this piece to use for practice.
And I cut it up into triangles and made this top. This was just for practice, so I sewed it together all the way and added borders of another Sassaman fabric.
I think I like the print borders better than the solid black I was trying out on the “real” Sassaman quilt I blogged about last week. This practice one is about 54″ square.
Meanwhile, my friend Jean suggested I look at quilts by Bruce Seeds. He doesn’t distribute the blocks randomly as suggested in the One Block Wonder books, he uses them to make a big design (from all the blocks with fancy little designs). Check out his quilts here: BruceSeeds.com. They are terrific! He has used little strips of fabric to outline parts of quilts, as I was thinking about doing. And he’s obviously used more than one fabric in some quilts. I’m definitely going to study his quilts more before I decide on a final design for mine.
Thanks to Jean for the great suggestion!
You are so welcome, Mary. Your practice piece is fantastic. The second fabric around the edge really works. Can’t wait to see what you do with your “real” project. Mr. Seeds certainly floods the brain with possibilities. 😊
Of course I’m now on the hunt for the perfect leaf fabric to border the “real” Quilt.
Enjoyed the link; the quilts I like best of his are the ones where hexies burst out of the center into the border. Random? I haven’t seen anyone randomly arrange their ‘flowers’; rather lots of moving around and tweaking. I agree that your leaves border works well in the practice piece–extends the flower theme and blends more like the ‘flowers’ do.
Which raises the question of whether to extend flowers into a leaf border! Lots of tweaking ahead!
Thanks! I was pretty amazed myself–much easier to do than I had feared.