Friday, February 29, 2008

Princeton Plainsboro

If you understand the title of this post, you know what I'm doing on Tuesday nights. (Thank goodness the writer's strike is over.)

I've named my house quilt "Princeton Plainsboro". It's a play on words that came to me when I was putting the blocks together with the sashing. It might only be a working title, but we'll see.

These blocks were part of the Piecemaker's exchange in 2007. I had just finished the applique borders for Betty's house quilt when I started working on this one. I wanted my quilt to be as large as hers (mine is 12 blocks, hers was 16) so I knew I'd need bigger sashing and borders.

For whatever reason this time I decided to graph out my design rather than using EQ. It was fun to play with different markers.

Ultimately I chose star sashing, which in retrospect might overshadow the houses, what do you think? I still like the quilt, but it's not the effect I thought I would get.

I put plain borders on it, planning to applique the same vine and flowers design I had done on Betty's quilt, but I've decided that won't work for my design. So I'm going to have to take these borders off and do something else. Maybe piano keys? Maybe some kind of block border. I've spent hours on EQ5 trying to find something I'll really like. Nothing that really jumps out at me yet.

I'm like that. Especially with borders. It takes me a long time to solve a problem and then suddenly I'll get an idea and it all goes pretty quickly from there, or the project dies and it goes into the UFO pile. LOL. I like this quilt too much to let the patient die. If I can't find a proper treatment, I guess I'll have to take it to a specialist... paging Dr. House.

1 comment:

Tine said...

It a fantastic quilt! I love the star-sashing, and the black&white!!