When you sew a mystery quilt you never know how it's going to turn out. That's my favourite part of the process! And sometimes when you're putting the pieces together, the quilt starts to get a mind of it's own.
I have been playing on the design wall with the pieces of On Ringo Lake. I am very happy with my colour choices, and I love these blocks!
I tried the on point setting, and then tried a straight setting, with sashing and without, with dark and light cornerstones. I took pictures of all the layouts and looked at them on the design wall and on the computer screen.
It's a hard decision. But I noticed that with my fabric choices, when I added the sashing, it felt too chaotic and my energy for the project decreased.
Then I tried a bunch of different ways to use the sashing units as a border. I had already sewn the 120 sashing units together (see parts department photo here) and was trying to find some way to use them as they were.
But what to do? I started to disassemble a few units and sew them together on the long side (instead of the ends) and I started to like what was happening.
I much prefer the sashing units as an accordion type border. But then the plaid units started calling attention to themselves. Check out the top and right border vs. the left and bottom. Without the plaid, there is still variation in the value, but the darker plaid doesn't jump out.
Okay next decision made. The sashing is now the border. Just a hundred more border blocks to unsew and resew.
And I also like the little light connecting corners added where the medium blue squares come together once the blocks are put side by side (with no sashing).
So that was a lot of decisions made today! Straight set, no sashing, "accordion" border, and the connecting corners on all the blocks.
Back to the sewing machine...