My first quilt top is finally done! It was an incredible learning experience all the way around. It’s about the farthest thing from perfect, but I absolutely love it. When I originally envisioned the quilt, I thought I would use the background fabrics to make a pieced border. However, the closer I got to finishing the top, the more I second guessed that plan. I spent about a week debating whether to do the pieced border, and, with the aid of some photos in which I laid out the options, I ultimately decided against it. I am so glad that I went with the borders you see below. I think they give a much sharper finish to the quilt than the pieced background fabrics would have done.
But now, while I love the way it turned out, I am left with a dilemma. Since I had planned from the beginning to do a pieced border with the background pieces, I had cut accordingly. So I now find myself with with 333 extra bricks and 157 extra squares on my hands, all in fairly neutral fabrics. I haven’t been able to think of any other quilt patterns that would use the size of bricks I have as a background, so what on earth is to be done with them? Turn them into a quilt of their own, of course!
When I examined the pictures I took to illustrate my various border options (which I refrain from sharing since they were taken at night and all turned out blurry), I found that I really liked the look of all of the background pieces up against each other. I immediately thought that they would make a fantastic low volume quilt, so I set about to do some math to figure out what size quilt I could make with those leftovers. To my great pleasure, I found that if my piecing were perfect, the top would come out to 62X74 inches, and I would be left with a mere 9 extra squares. Given that that falls within my idea of the ideal size for lap quilts, I was thrilled. I promptly took all of my neat little stacks of bricks and squares and mixed them up into a sort of scrappy soup.
That’s all I’m going to say about the design for now. That and I am super excited to make this quilt top. I love the idea of going low volume, and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. I’m thinking I may even write up a tutorial when I’m done. For now, I leave you with my sewing supervisor. That look clearly means ‘get back to work’. Why? So she can sit on my lap while I make her a quilt to cuddle with, of course.
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