From worst to first? Somehow I managed to take my most problematic medallion start and turn it into my favorite finish so far.
See any problems? I do. Too few colors, too little value variation. In addition, it is very blocky with only squares and rectangles, no triangles. Making borders support this center would be tough. I got this far and wasn’t sure what to do next. To create some contrast, I added the first border including a 1″ print of pale aqua. I think it worked pretty well, but still wasn’t enough.
You can tell, leaving the red angles in the centers begged to extend them out to points. And I still needed more color. I consulted with my sister Cathie way back in early October and she helped me see better what colors could be used.
I decided to add lavender, but it was already late in the game. In order to make later borders relate to the interior, I did some surgery. I inserted triangles in a couple of places. Can you find it?
The yellow brightened prospects considerably. I tried several variations of the yellow and turquoise sawteeth before sewing them on. I tried different corner blocks, too. EXPERIMENT! My word for the year.
Once I got this far I was pretty excited.
According the Track 1 instructions, the border including yellow was to be 4″. But the sawtooth part of it was only 3″. Then the last border set would be 2″ and 6″. I decided to stop the sawtooth border where it was and include the last inch with the next 2″ border. In this way it became 3″, to be followed by 6″. Clear as mud, huh?
The final border of 6″ would be my last puzzle. (Nope! I also had to decide binding and backing fabric, as well as quilting!) I opened EQ7 to try out a couple of things. My first try was pretty random and used all the colors already presented. After refining a little, I built the border as drawn. Then it was finished with the red for binding.
I learned a lot with this little quilt. Lessons included color, value, and shape variation and how to correct for problems; how to use strip borders to rest the eyes; and how to fracture color into the outer borders.
More than that, I learned lessons in patience and experimentation. It’s true that not all quilt designs are salvageable, but this one was. I persisted and the resulting quilt is one I love.
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