Remember this quilt?
This is my current, in process leaders and enders quilt. Well, I have been piecing the first border, leaders and enders style, and I was about ready to put it on. I decided to hang up the quilt center and see what I thought about it from a few steps back. In the first picture I liked what I saw - at first. Then, I started really looking at my quilt. I DON'T like how I have used an even number of blocks across the top and sides - this means that I have a 16-patch on the top left and an X-block top right. Hmmm, maybe it will be ok.
Let's audition the first border.
Nope, I don't like how that X-block looks in the corner! I do like how the 16-patch looks as a corner though. So, now what to do?? I think that if this bothers me this much now it will always bother me in the future. Since I like this quilt top a lot so far, and I have spent a lot of time on it, I think that the only thing to do, for me, is try to make this more visually appealing.
As I see it I have two options.
- Rip off one side border and add it to the bottom of the quilt - yuck frog stitching :-(
- Start piecing more X-Blocks to add to one side and the bottom of the quilt to make the quilt an 11 x 11 block setting instead of 10 x 10.
The first thing I did was check to see if I had any more of the off-white background fabric - yes I do! And I think I might have just enough! So, since the thought of ripping all of that off the side (and potentially damaging all the piecing) just makes me cringe, I got out my tools and I am about to start cutting up more background squares.
Just when I thought I was done with the center - here I am cutting for more! Luckily I have some bits left and I always have lots of 16-patch blocks sitting around. I'm going to look at this as being half-done the work I need to do LOL!!
If you would like to see how I do my leaders and enders and/or how to construct the X-block you can click on the videos tab at the top and check out my YouTube videos.
So what would you have done? Ripped or cut more?