I have the hardest time laying out my blocks.
I knew I was going to be moving these blocks all around
so my usual lay-out-the-quilt-on-the-bed
wasn't really going to work for this quilt.
and re-calculated (twice)
how much I would need, then I carefully cut my batting
and tossed it up over a curtain rod in the living room,
stuck in a few pins so it wouldn't slip off
and ended up with a nice little temporary design wall.
I left it up several days and moved blocks around occasionally.
I got it to where I was satisfied.
Not thrilled, mind you,
knocked over half of my blocks off!!
and I was back to square one.
I ended up completely changing my plan
(again ~ this quilt has had a mind of its own)
and went with 6 x 9 rows
instead of 7 x 8.
Once I got them rearranged
I stuck a pin through each one;
they weren't going anywhere this time.
I got a little sidetracked in my sewing on Saturday
but then Saturday night,
I sat down to put the white thread back in the machine.
I had to get those blocks sewn together!
As soon as I had my machine threaded though,
my stack of to-do's stuck behind the serger
caught my eye.
That cheery sunshine started calling my name.
And before I knew it - I'd made this little number,
inspired by a little girl's dress I'd seen at church 6 days earlier.
When I showed it to Lex' in the morning,
she was so tickled!
"A tutu dress? Thank-you, Mommy!"
I love that she says thank-you without being prompted to.
Of course, Lily wondered where her dress was...
Taking some time here and there throughout the week,
I finally did get around to sewing those blocks together.
Then I added the horizontal sashing
and I'm getting close to getting the whole top sewn up.
I'm stuck on what to use as a border, though.
I don't typically do borders,
but I think it'd add to the 'paintbox' feel if it had one.
Plus, it could stand a few extra inches;
I like my throws nice & big.
The back will be gray
with one 3" block of each fabric.
Should I use gray?
Two narrowish borders ~ gray, then white??
Something different entirely???