It's never too soon to plan one's next quilt, right?...I told myself when the silk hexie quilt top was finished that I could start thinking about what to do with these fabrics. There are a dozen or so fat quarters that I gathered at both Houston and Paducah. They come from a wonderful vendor that only visits a few shows a year. She does little yardage, but if you are lucky enough to get a FQ with a selvage then more can be ordered (as I did with a few of them that I really like). It's pretty challenging to make anything but a scrap quilt with only fat quarters.
I sat down with EQ7 to play with some designs. My first criteria is that I design a unique block. I initially conceived this being a mariner's star, but somehow this resulted. It's a bit finicky to put together, but certainly fits the "stitch by hand" desire, and I really like how it looks when on point.
I still don't like that scrappy green outer border, but I DO want plenty of green in the finished piece. No point collecting dozens of yards of delicious greens to make the quilt purple! But the purple outer edge does ground it nicely :-) This style of wavy border has been done before. Heck, nearly everything I draft has likely been done before. It's really hard to be creative and unique. May come down to my quilting.