I started this quilt on retreat last October with my local guild, and just now got back to it. I had to put it aside for all the holiday activities and Christmas sewing I had to do. So, this week, I was able to find a bit of time to make progress. As is sometimes the case, a step forward sometimes means taking a step back. The blue and yellow fabrics are leftovers from a strip pack that I used in my Blue and Yellow To The Nines quilt.
I sewed the strips into a tube. Press every other fabric strip outward so that when they are placed in sequence, the seams will nest.
Cross cut strips of squares the same width as the strips. In this case, they are 4-inches.
Pick out one seam on one cross cut strip, then on a second strip, pick out the seam one patch down from the first one. Nest seams and sew the strips together.
Continue in this manner, each time offsetting the picked out seam by one square. This will give you a diagonal pattern.
I kept going until I had used up all of the strips.
I had six strips originally, and was able to get ten cross cuts.
Press the seams to one side.
The first border used the last of a bit of fabric that had the same colors in a small scale daisy print.
Then, I added a yellow thin border, using the Fibonacci sequence as a guide. I intended for the borders to be 2-1-3 inches. Best laid plans.
The fabric I intended for the final border, backing and binding looked awful. It has too much green, the scale isn’t right, and it is too busy. It is the one in the center top with the blue roses and gold flowers. Now I am stuck. None of the other prints from the
stash closet resource center look right. It needs a predominantly blue final border.
So, it will get set aside again for the time being, as I need to either make the decision not to add the third border I wanted, or go to the local quilt shop and try to find something that will work. I’ll need 2/3-3/4 yard of something, maybe a medium blue polka dot. We’ll see what I can find. Of course, that will bring my Stashbuster total down a bit, I was hoping not to buy any more fabric for a little while! Ah well. If one must shop, then one must.