I’ve been making progress on my current project. I made a bunch of flying geese, as described in this tutorial. They actually were the second attempt at that border. The first attempt was puss-in-the-corner blocks. I made 24 of them. They are not lovely. More importantly, they didn’t continue the clean, elegant look that the quilt was otherwise achieving. I never mind making extra blocks, for two reasons. First, sometimes you actually have to do something to know it’s the wrong thing; second, I almost always use extra blocks in other projects. I’ll use these in a VA hospital quilt, and they will be perfect there.
After making my flying geese, I called in my consultant (jim) to discuss the right arrangement of them. Should I use the light edges toward the center, or the dark edges? How should I treat the corners? Ultimately I decided to use the dark edges inside.
More borders are in process. Yesterday I made 40 hourglass blocks, and today I’ll work on 40 square-in-a-square blocks to alternate with them. Yes, that is 80 blocks in one border. Yes, medallion quilts can involve a lot of piecing. Fortunately, I believe this is the final pieced border on this quilt.