OK, but too heavy on the dark blocks in the upper left
and the next day, after rearranging and/or reversing five of the rows, the final layout looked more like this.
A little better overall distribution of lights and darks without it looking totally calculated light-dark alternating, I think.
Then, I had this batik that I absolutely love, and had hoped from the get-go to use for the outer border. And of course, the quilt was telling me it really wanted to have that dark blue narrow stop border too!
Hmm, maybe too much of a good thing? Drat, I Love this fabric!
In the end though, it seemed as though this would be the better combo, with my favored print ending up playing a minor but essential role as the binding.
So, after an awful lot of hemming and hawing, this is the the final quilt top, in all its wrinkled, crinkled glory. It looks more rectangular in the photos since I wasn't able to get the camera high enough for a center shot, especially with our low ceilings. It really is square!
I hope to find time to take it to the fellowship hall later in the week for layering and pinning, and get a start on machine quilting it by weekend. If all goes well and schedules don't get too disrupted that is. The batiks in the top span the seasons, here are just a couple of my favorite blocks.
The batik tote was crammed full when I began stitching blocks, after finishing this 91x91 inch top it is still nearly full. How does this happen??!