I’m still working on a quilt design with Deb Tucker’s Signature Collection called “William’s Garden,” just released by Island Batik. In the last post, I made two sets of Shaded 4-Patch blocks, reversing the colorway to make the blocks a little more interesting.
Now, let’s play with the layout! I’ve had these two designs knocking around for a while, so I’ll start there.
I started with Design 11, tweaked it a little, and came up with this.
Somehow, it just doesn’t call to me. I played with it, stared at it for a couple of days, but it just doesn’t bring me joy. So I moved on to Design 9 – same blocks, different layout.
O.k., this is better, but it needs a little something. Let’s extend some pieces out into a border.
With my trusty Tucker Trimmer 1, I made 8 half-square triangle blocks, and trimmed them down to the same size as the Shaded 4-Patch blocks.
Look how perfectly that seam goes right into the corner where it belongs! (It’s the little things that make me happy.)
I added these half-square triangle blocks to some border strips, extending some of the arrows. What a difference! Adding more dark fabric highlights the pink and turquoise, instead of the colors being bunched together. And the half-square triangle blocks add some interest to the border.
I’m liking this design, but now I have a decision to make. No border (first photo)? A narrow border to float the design a little (middle photo)? Or a wider border to float the design a lot (third photo) (ignore the white spots in the corners)?
I’ll leave it on the design wall for a while and let it incubate.
What do you think?? In the comments below, tell me which border, or lack thereof, you prefer. One lucky person will win a free copy of the new pattern. 🤔😎
If you love these batiks as much as I do, stop by my friend, Deb Kalenty’s, online shop to pick up your favorites from the William’s Garden Collection from Island Batik. Shop at Quilter’s Obsession today!