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01 August 2009

Finished Random Blocks

Assembly was sooo easy for this top. Nine blocks! I feel like I got away with something! It came out about as well as I expected. The palest grey is maybe a little too pale really, but it's for me so who cares! It has been really hard for me to decide whether to put borders on this quilt; right now I'm leaning towards a two inch solid black just because I like outlining things in black. There just doesn't seem to be any kind of pieced border that would add something to the quilt, for the most part it seems piecing would detract from the jumbled up beauty of the top. I'll set it aside for a day or two and then look at it again before making any real commitment.

On an unrelated note, my buddy, Scrappy, has a dilemma she's working out. A friend of hers asked her to work a top in progress (a row robin) into something beautiful. At first Scrappy was going to pull the rows apart but now thinks adding borders will be good enough to bring the top into a cohesive whole. I agree with her. Ok Scraps-me-girl, what do you think of this idea? It means lots of work for you, but it sure looks good in eq6. I know the rows aren't exactly right, but I just didn't want to put that much work into a sketch, so pretend.


  1. I agree with you. A black border would really outline this quilt and anything else would detract from the interesting center.

  2. I love your quilt and I think the very pale gray adds necessary value contrast. It's great as is! The border you've designed for your friend is terrific too although she might wonder if you are mad at her. That's a lot of piecing!

  3. looks good! glad you got it finished...
    maybe a single border will be good, give the eye a rest..
    try it and see, hey! it's only strips of black and if you don't like it, take it off and use them for something else :)

  4. I actually think that in this particular case that a border will detract from the overall look. Black will draw the out to the edges. The pale pieces work well and I think the darker squares already work as mini-borders. I'd let the design 'float' without a border, it flows that way and a border would just hem it in. If it was a painting, I wouldn't put a frame on it for the above reasons - then again maybe I have been spending too much time at art museums lately.

  5. WOW!! I knew if I asked you would come up with something amazing and you did. That is just gorgeous and you are right alot of piecing. Let me see what fabrics I have to play with and let ya know if that will work. It will be huge done that way though. decisions ... decisions

  6. opps! forgot to say on your quilt. I would add a border. I think I would bind it in the black you are talking about to frame it but that is all. I love the visual interest of this one. It'll look great on your bed. You and black .... lol

  7. I love "Random Blocks". It's funny that you finished it cause I washed all my pinks and reds this weekend and need the pattern to get started on mine.

    The design for Scrappy is beautiful!

  8. Very nice. My fabric is all washed...guess I should cut it huh??


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