Today after clearing off my cutting surface I decided to take time off from working on the major projects which have kept me busy for the month of September and spilled into October. There was what had been a pile of fabrics that had morphed into a puddle spreading out from the closet into the room at large that I cleaned up. That meant doing significant rearranging in the closet itself so those floor fabrics could be put away.
When that was finished I looked around and the design wall caught my eye. Or more specifically one work-in-progress called my attention. It was the beginning of a project that has been on the design wall since it was put up and which has been glaring at me for several years. You see, the project was far more difficult than any of us in the class had anticipated, but originally, I had thought about adding a few more blocks (instead of turning it into a bed quilt) to make a decent wall-hanging.
The trouble with that is I couldn't locate the pattern, can't remember the designer, and don't seem to have any of the fabrics except the white with the tree design. So I just sewed the 4 blocks together, and here it is:
I knew I'd have to find something to use as a intermediate border before the white with the trees (the only fabric I kept). The blue that forms the intersecting rings was impossible to match so I tried oranges and greens and even yellow, but nothing worked. I figured I'd have to take the piece in to a quilt shop to see if there would be something I could use.
Fortunately, a piece of fabric caught my eye, and I thought it might match the navy blue of the tree trunks. Imagine my surprise when I opened it up and found this:
I think it just might be perfect - for a large border. It won't do for the narrow one I had in mind because of its large design. Should I try that narrow orange border that again? It might do quite well . . . but what will I do with all that white w/tree fabric? There's both too much to use as backing, and it's too special to hide.
So what do you think - does this blue work? And what about the tree fabric - should I use it or save it for something else?