here's the current status of my scrappy trip around the world quilt. i'm just trying to decide, should i make it bigger? if i quit right now, it will be about 56"x56". originally I had thought maybe a toddler bed quilt kind of size, so this would be perfect.
now though, i'm thinking it might be better used as a larger lap quilt. and i can't just add one row on the bottom. i guess i'm a little strange, but it's important to me that i get full diamonds. so i'd have to add two rows of blocks, whether it was just on the bottom, or on the side too. either way, that means i'll have to more than double it! and i really think that i'm never gonna finish it then...
one other option is to make a wide border around like this one.
i received an email asking me 'if i were to make one more Hope Valley quilt, what design would i use?"
i love this question!! and it was so timely, because i do have enough of this line left to make one big quilt! and i'm not completely decided yet.
on thing i do know though, is that i LOVE Hope Valley in a rainbow. i think the strips on the back of this quilt is my favorite ever use of this line.
So I think I might possibly do something like this, kind of a mix of a coin quilt, but possibly a bit more random with varying widths on the strips. I would use Essex Linen in natural as my background fabric, because i love how it plays with these fabrics.
if you want to see a coin quilt made with these fabrics, check out Jeni's. i can picture something a lot like that, only with the colors arranged in a rainbow.
OR, here's a similiar idea, but a bit more colorful. Do rainbow strips like this, but take away the natural colored background strips and just make it full, full full! of Hope Valley.
something a little bit like this.
OR, what about copying one of my fave quilts ever, and doing a rainbowy something like this?
seriously, what could be better than some improv chevron strips (of course with Robert Kaufman Essex Line n in Natural as the background)
i know i've had lots of other ideas in the past for this fabric, but this seems to be what i'm stuck on right now. what would you do with Hope Valley? (provided you actually like it, of course!)
just one more thought, i think this line works really well in a modern design, because the colors and designs of the fabric read more traditional. this makes for a wonderful pairing with a modern pattern.
(i'll show you the rest of this quilt yet)
one more announcement! you may already be aware, but if you're not, there is a way us quilters can help out with the tornadoes in OK. The Oklahoma City Modern Quilt Guild has a blog post here, where you can read details.