Friday, December 2, 2016

Quilty 365 - December Link-up

Ever since finishing up the last eight circles early in November, I've been dithering with the math and whether there is enough of my chosen background fabric to achieve this setting for a queen size quilt large enough to serve as a bedspread.
I really want to use the burnt orange fabric for the setting triangles as well as sashing the blocks, but at this point I still don't know if there's enough of the setting fabric!!  Just how hard can the math be? Well, as of now, apparently just a little too much for this aging brain since every time I sit down and try to figure it out I come up with a different number!   Most of those numbers indicate we'll run out of the chosen fabric before we run out of quilt, if it's to reach the hoped-for size, using a narrow coping border then a wide outer border of a complimentary fabric.

Several blogging friends suggested using the burnt orange to sash the circle blocks and using a different fabric for the setting triangles. So, earlier this week after attaching the sashing to about 45 of the blocks I auditioned several possibilities for alternate setting triangles.
Two dark possibilities - definitely too dark

A closer view of the left-most fabric in the previous photo, a possibility for an outer wide border - maybe
  
Nope!

Better, but ...
Not!

Hmm, maybe for a narrow coping border

Truth be told, I'm not fond of any of these choices for setting triangles, but I'm glad that I went through the exercise of auditioning some different fabrics. A straight edge for the burnt orange just looks better to my mind's eye. So now, with the still-fuzzy math and brain overtaxed, we're kind of flying by the seat of our pants so to speak.  I'll reserve enough fabric to make setting triangles in that burnt orange fabric and build whatever size quilt I can make with what is available.  As of this morning a little over 100 blocks have been sashed, though the rows have yet to be laid out for final assembly.  I'll need to take over the living room floor to do that, someday when hubby and the dog have retired for a nap or the night.

It's fun pulling out all 366 blocks and seeing all the different fabrics that have gone into this project over the past year.  Linking with Audrey at Quilty Folk, then I'll take a break from this project for a day or two and work on a couple small Christmas items.  Time to finish them so we can use them this month!





12 comments:

  1. Es difícil elegir la mejor opción, pero seguro queda un quilt precioso... Abrazos

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  2. Hope you will find enough fabric, love this setting with burnt orange triangles, perhaps add other colours for the sashing... XXX

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  3. This going to be huge! Not sure about the setting triangles being the same as the sashing. Do you have a print fabric with the burnt orange in it that could be the setting triangles? That would give you some distinction.

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  4. Love your on-point setting Pat! And that orange is marvelous. Crossing fingers with you that you have enough to do the size you want. It's going to be so wonderful!

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  5. I like the idea of the setting triangles in a different fabric. Maybe you can find a batik that would not be such a strong contrast to the sashing or what is the opposite color of the burnt orange on the color wheel? That may work too. It is fun to see the different choices in photos.

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  6. I wish you well on this journey with your circle quilt. I understand the difficulty in figuring out the math. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised that I actually figured correctly, and other times I am so off I don't know how I thought it would ever work. : )

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  7. Wow, this is a tough one, I kind of liked the dark since it made the orange pop, but something with that orange in it might look good, are you trying to avoid a trip to the fabric store?

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  8. Pretty circles. Good luck with the final finish.

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  9. So far so good. Sometimes it's hard to see the whole picture until more of it is done. Keep auditioning. The right one will come along.

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  10. Queda muy bonito con la tela naranja. ¡Felicidades!

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  11. Oh the possibilities! The burnt orange looks so good, I can see why you want to use that. The hardest math for me is the sashing. I always want to think the sashing is on all four sides of each block (instead of actually touching two blocks simultaneously) which means I usually cut out too much.:)

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  12. What ever you use Amity it will be a great quilt, do love the orange sashings makes all those circles pop. I like the darker boarder but that's my personal choice. Cheers Glenda

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