Work In Progress Wednesday
I have been a busy little bee trying to make progress on my rainbow pinwheel quilt!
I got all of the base pinwheels made this week. I also played with the layout to find a good randomness to the solid backgrounds. To me they feel like a glimmer off a gem. I hope this is not the final layout because looking at the picture now I don’t like it! Ha! But this is an older photo (days old I tell you!) So who knows what I did since then.
Here she is on the (too small) design wall. I don’t have the room to spread it all out yet, but you get the idea on the left.
I have decided to sew it together in rows. The purple and red pinwheels are attached with their wings in between. Any other wings are just stuck up there for effect.
I will end up with long rows of pinwheels and rows of wings that I will put together. Then I need to figure the outside border with wings for the perimeter pinwheels. After that, I think I will add a final all white border so that none of my tips get cut off in binding. I think it will give it a better look to be floating in a sea of white… and the size addition won’t hurt!
This isn’t the best shot but you can see a little better how the pinwheels will play together.
I have piles and piles of HSTs to trim for the wings. I haven’t begun to cut my background whites for the interior (between 4 pinwheels there is a small square of negative space) or for the borders.
This quilt is for a May wedding so I have time. I am enjoying the process on this one a lot. I got so angry at my HSTs at the beginning but it is becoming soothing to me to work on.
The next project on my table is another May wedding quilt. A great friend gifted me the fabric for this one. I have jelly rolls for the front and FQs for the back. I am thinking about doing the 3 Dudes block on the front with borders. I may just lay out the FQs in a giant 16 patch for the back. I want it to be calming after the business of the front.
The other option I have come up with for the back is this grid pattern. It would only use 14 FQs. But before I figure out the back I have to make decisions about the front.
I started working on these as leaders/enders for my pinwheel rows. I divided the strips into “light” and “dark” piles. A few of the batiks run from dark at one end to almost white on the other, but it is MOSTLY divided.
Right now I am stitching them together in light dark pairs. Then i will combine pairs to get groups of 4. Then… I’m not sure.
The pattern calls for sets of four, but it looks like using more would just make for bigger blocks. I THINK that is right. But I don’t want to cut into it and find out I’m wrong. Plus, will I like it with more stripes? Decisions decisions!
I found a beautiful teal in my stash that I will bind it in. I think it is going to be great!