Despite all the evidence to the contrary (you know, kaleidoscopes, piglets, buckeyes, and so forth) I really have been applying myself to my main project.
Every day I've been pushing further forward with it. Here's what it looked like when I left off yesterday. (You know, to play with kaleidoscopes and piglets, and so forth)
Today I got the rest of the blocks joined in columns, and all the sashing strips are now assembled. The left and center sections are ready to sew to each other. A few more long seams and I'll have the center of the top done.
That means it's Border Time! Let the dithering begin!
The first step will be to resolve all those little stars in the sashing. I mocked up some of the cream background with blue triangles to see what it would look like.
I think it's way too light - too much open space that draws the eye right off the edge.
So I grabbed a stack of things and experimented.
First a gold batik that's comparable in value to some of the golds in the stars.
I kind of like it. Maybe tone down the brightness a little.
How about a darker gold?
And maybe with the gold extended beyond the edges of the blue star-frames?
I didn't try any greens because off all the green in the sashing, but on further thought I might experiment with that too.
I also pulled out a striped neutral that's a little darker than the cream background. (It's slightly darker than it looks in this photo.
Maybe with a gold edge?
I stepped back a little to get some more perspective on it, then decided to call it a day. I left the neutral in place so that it's what I'll see when I walk through the door next time. I've found that's usually a good way to tell if something is going to work.
If I start screaming 'Gah!!! Ick ick ick!' as soon as I see it, it's usually a sign to start over...