Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My block party blocks

25th block March

As I posted last, I received all of my March Tethered Threads blocks, putting me at an even 24. I plan on setting this quilt 5 x 5, so I made the 25th block, pictured above. Since I had everything out, I figured I'd lay out all 25 blocks and see what they look like together:

March blocks laid out

What say you? I'm a little embarrassed to admit this, but.... I don't love it :( I certainly don't hate it, but it's not love at first sight, you know? It just looks much crazier than I thought it would. I mean, I love sampler quilts! There are so many cool block party quilts out there! I'm just afraid this isn't one of them... but the thing is, I love all of the individual blocks! The ladies in my group did a really great job! I just don't know how to make those great building blocks (pardon the pun) equal an amazing whole.

Iris on March blocks 2

So, where do I go from here? Suggestions?? I was originally planning on building each row with pieced sections around the blocks, so that the blocks are off-kilter. I thought that the wonkiness of the blocks would lose something if I sashed the whole thing with a solid grid. But now I'm wondering if that might be the way to go. Thoughts?? HELP!


Kris said...

What a great set of blocks, but I think you're right that it's a bit too much all set together like that. I had the same dilema when I got all of my bee blocks back last fall. I think the lighter blue/gray would make a great sashing choice. I've seen some bee quilt where they did wider sashing and it really helped to let each block showcase itself.

Here are some links to a couple I was thinking of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/35939871@N05/4627287721/in/pool-quiltingbeequilts

Quiltrobin said...

This is a beautiful set of blocks, but together they aren't quite singing just yet, only humming. I think you and Kris are correct that sashing will help this piece sparkle as a whole while accentuating the individual blocks. In addition to that, please also consider arranging the blocks so the lightest ones are in the center with the darkest or heaviest blocks ringing around that. Good luck with it - it will be a beautiful quilt!

Shannon Hillinger said...

I think a different layout would help. There's part of a strong vertical line running through the second column. Maybe if you lay it out so there's more continuous visual queues like that it would look less random.