I got all the clues done for the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter. When I tried to put them together it just looked too muddy and the blocks weren't able to shine. I think I chose the wrong colors of red for the sashing. It all blended in together without a place for your eye to stop and relax. So I gave up on the diamond shaped sashing strips.
I decided I wouldn't use any sashing and would just sew them together in a straight set. But, there were just too many seams to match that weren't pressed opposite each other. It was not a fun experience so I changed my mind again.
I decided to try some different sashing options.
I tried a red swirl fabric but it made the blocks too dark.
I put in a white with a red dot but it was much to light. (I'm sounding like Goldilocks here!)
Then I put the blocks on a red check. Wow! This was my favorite choice but, alas, I didn't have enough fabric to go between all 49 blocks. Boo hoo!
This is the sashing I finally chose. It is actually a print from a Christmas line. It looks a little more pink in the picture than it really is.
And here is the completed quilt top. I don't have anyone at home right now to hold it up for a picture. So I thought it was appropriate to put a watermelon quilt on my picnic table for a photo shoot.
The day is overcast and breezy so the quilt didn't stay still.
I hope no one was watching me out of their window and laughing their head off as I continually put it back up on the table! It's a fun quilt. It measures about 85" square.
Here is a picture of the Sweet Land of Liberty block for the month of January. I didn't get the economy blocks done but I can easily do them soon. I need to be so precise on the Roseville applique blocks I'm doing and these blocks are totally casual. It's a nice respite.
It's been a little difficult for me to select these dark fabrics because I'm working on The Roseville Album Quilt that uses Kaffe etc. bright prints (see previous post) I have to go back and forth between brights and homespuns and it kind of gets me out of sync. The background for the basket is a bit bright but it's done and I'm stickin' to it.