Remember this pretty basket block made with Drunkard’s Path blocks? I made the blocks over five years ago and they sat. Mostly because, while I love the design which I saw in an older Australian Patchwork & Quilting magazine, the instructions for the sashing and border elements are – well, very hard to decipher for one who is used to working with finished element sizes rather than oversized rotary cutting sizes to be cut down to the a different size after sewing.
Over the weekend, I got the blocks out as they’ve always been lurking in the back of my mind plus I think I was in need of the prospect of some curved piecing. Somehow I must have thought the mysteries of the pattern would have been decoded by time alone. But I decided to tackle the problem again and this time I’ve got it figured out – I think. This has been a real challenge possibly because I rarely, if ever, follow a written pattern and because it wasn’t written with finished sizes of block elements. But I think I’ve finally got it sorted out! As an aside, I really, really wish this has been written with finished sizes given as well – I have become very accustomed to thinking about blocks and block elements that way with Inklingo and it makes so much more sense!
Of course – of course! – I didn’t save any of the white on white I was using for the blocks and whatever I had of it left over after this project was used elsewhere. So the next challenge was finding a fabric that was close enough that it wouldn’t stand out too, too much and I pulled a number of choices. Part of the problem is there’s a 1″ sashing of the white on white that goes right around the blocks so there’s no buffer at all between the two whites. And I want to use that 1″ sashing as it really does a lot to help make the design work.
This is my best choice of the white on white fabrics I have that are large enough pieces. But I think it may be a bit too beige.
Then we get to what I thought was my second choice, but it’s far too beige.
Most of my white on whites are very white in comparison to the one used in those blocks and will make the fabric in the blocks look as though it has yellowed a bit, I think. First there’s this one.
Then this one. I had initially thought this was my best choice until I looked at the photograph and realized how yellow the original fabric looked beside it.
Finally, there’s this one.
There’s another possibility and it’s one that I absolutely am open to. I can take the blocks apart and use the pieces with the glorious blue floral print with a new white on white of which I’d have enough for the whole project. I don’t have that much left of the print beyond what I’ll need for the sashing and border elements. I’m sure I’d never be able to find it again, given that it had been in my stash for some time to begin with before I made the blocks. Oh, how I wish I had yards of that print – it is absolutely gorgeous and would be fabulous for fussy cutting/printing for various projects as well!!
The finished piece will be about 50″ square, I think (again, deciphering a pattern and using different size blocks as well as working with finished size versus unfinished measurements), and is definitely going to be a wallhanging. I’ve looked at the back of the blocks and it wouldn’t be difficult at all to take them apart, if I do go that route.
So now I’d love to hear some of your thoughts. Would you go with my first choice, one of the other four possibilities or, accepting that I really do not find this an awful idea, take the blocks apart and remake them with a white on white that will be consistent throughout? I think the floral print is quite elegant so I really don’t want to distract from it.
“Guru say, ‘When in doubt, ribbit, ribbit.'”
Baxter got a new catnip toy on the weekend. At one point, he had it with him in the tunnel. We’re not sure if he was falling asleep like this or just inhaling catnip fumes.
I know my blogging has been a bit inconsistent again but this time I have a good excuse. I’m cat-sitting Nigel, a very cute little black cat with two white toes and a tiny white bib. His person is in hospital and I’m in charge of afternoon and evening visits with Nigel and play time for him.