Do these ring a bell? I started these schoolhouse blocks a few years ago after many years of mooning over this cover quilt on an old Country Living magazine. After assembling a quilt top of nine by nine blocks, I put it aside to ponder. This happens a lot...I begin a quilt with the intention of making a wall piece, only to get to a certain stage, love where it's going and start to rethink my original size intention. And I wanted some kind of a border on it, something that the original quilt didn't have.
So it languished until last week, when two members of our quilt group shared their recent experiences at one of Gwen Marston's annual retreats. I'm a big fan of Gwen's. I have her books, I understand her philosophy. But something about seeing my friends' fabulous retreat pieces, assembled from unfinished quilt projects brought to life with new *parts*...sawtooth edges, applique accents...moved me from thinking about trying it someday to needing to start now. I could hardly wait to get home and dig this piece out.
Not wanting to abandon the other projects I'm working on, I've been adding options to the schoolhouse piece in my spare moments in the sewing room...waiting for the iron to heat up, after marking applique pieces, before assembling a few new rings for the wagon wheel blocks. How about a red & white sawtooth edge? Too much white? I'll think about it.
How about red & cheddar? That may be better. What about borders? More cheddar (top)? A different brown print (side)? How about a star in the corner...two corners? All four?
If not stars, how about a sun? I saw something similar in another antique quilt...this could be a possibility. Or not. Sometimes when I look at it, it looks wonderful. Sometimes, too much.
I'm trying to introduce some other colors. Difficult, when the center is so stark. But I'll keep playing until something works. It's a lot of fun and quite easy to do in little *found* moments. In fact, I think it's easier to pin something up for consideration and move away from it for a while. It gives you the opportunity to come back to it with a fresh eye.
That was some response to the jelly roll question in the last post. Did you notice that Moda just introduced a Sampler Box at Quilt Market this week? (Mmmm, I could sure go for some Whitman chocolates right now....) Thanks to everyone who left a comment and contributed to the conversation!