These little HST four-patches started out as just a little side thing. While I was working on this project, it seemed so easy to cut a few extra triangles each time I made a block. I'd sew them into little squares and stick them on the flannel down at the end of my wall. They got to be a little too much fun and I found myself making several when I had only a short time to sew. They started to take over a disproportionate area of the design wall and as they multiplied, their propensity to flutter off at the slightest breeze became painfully apparent. They needed to be assembled or stored.
This wasn't intended to become a new project. Really. But as I chain-pieced them into a large block, I needed a a few more here and there and started thinking ahead to where this was going, other than into a stack of unfinished tops. I thought an appliqué border might make a nice contrast to the tight structure of the center, so I pulled out two that happened to be within easy reach (no wisecracks!) just to get a feel for if I was on the right track. Eh. I didn't like them at all, though I knew that they really weren't what I had in mind...too dark and solid looking, the leaves too loopy. I started reconsidering that UFO pile.
I didn't want to shelve it though, even temporarily. So I did what I always do when confronted with a quilt design dilemma...I pulled out my archive of antique quilt books and photos for some new (old) solutions. Soon I was drafting a pattern and handpiecing up a bunch of stars. Hmmm...I liked it! Especially on that yellow.
When I got up this morning, I tiptoed into the sewing room for a fresh look. Not so sure. I had to test my original idea...an applique border loosely based on Susan McCord's famous vines. I grabbed a ball of yarn from the recently neglected knitting stash, slapped a viney strand on the wall and started cutting some freehand leaves from my scraps.
Although the borders are very different, I kind of like them both. I've decided to give it a few days of darting in and out for more *fresh looks*. Whichever design I choose (and to be honest, I'm considering a third idea) I have several ideas for quilts using the one I don't. I can see a disturbing trend developing here, can't you?