Key West quilt continues to evolve. While it had still been in the planning stages, I shopped for a solid color for sashes or borders. I looked for something that would help feature the prints. I didn't want black and thought white or cream would be bland. I'd been admiring a bunch of lovely quilts with grey in them and really wanted to try that.
I ended up buying some steel grey Kona fabric. It looked stunning against the yellow, pinks and blues. When I settled on a pattern, I began to cut the strips and sew it all together.
I hated it.
The steel grey looked terrific with each color, but as the blocks started to take shape, I wondered if I had made a mistake. Too much grey? Would it overwhelm the rest of it? However, I plowed ahead thinking if the grey looked good against each fabric, it had to look good as a whole. As I sewed my strips of blocks, I wondered how bad it would be to rip the whole thing apart. What color could I choose that would be better? What would I do a yard's worth of 1.5" strips? Then I finished piecing the top.
It's a terrible photo, but you get the idea. The four odd blocks on the edges will be part of the border - which is
still in the design and piecing stage. I'll need more fabric for
that; not sure what color it will be, but probably not more grey.
It's still growing on me. I wouldn't be surprised if I go through another round of hating it, but in the end I think I'll be very happy with the quilt.
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