I think I'm in love. I wish this pic was as bright and happy as these blocks are in person.
Now that the 30 blocks are done and most of them are up on the design wall, that feeling of these are getting tedious and boring I was beginning to feel every time I looked at those scrappy four patches has flown. I can see myself making another one like this with the left-over four-patches, only the next time ignoring that little voice in my brain that says this colour is too loud and using bright sashing corners - yellow, orange or lime green perhaps... a neon pink, a vivid purple... Maybe a scrappy one using many fabrics of the same colour... as I'm about to start taming the scraps in the scrap bin, I could cut 3.5" squares from whatever colours I choose to use the next time. (Mental note - just remember to stop cutting them when I get to 280 squares.)
After I finished block assembly and pressed them all, I flipped the blocks over to check my seams, I discovered I only had two half flipped seams, and one totally flipped seam. That's miraculous for me, considering how many seams were being sewn over to make 30 blocks. I usually have to spend some time ripping the few stitches that hold the flipped seam and running those bits through the sewing machine again. I've had projects where every single block had to be re-touched.
Fixed those three minor seam issues, then trimmed a few protruding bits off the blocks (I confess I'm not the straightest sewer). Another miraculous happenstance! This is all I had to trim from 30 blocks.
If I hadn't already named it Shady Lanes, I could have named it Happy Frogs. I'm certainly one happy camper (or quilter) at this point. Take a look at this close-up.
And here's another one, only this one looks like he's winking at us.
This is going to end up being 60" x 72" once the 30 blocks are joined. Don't know yet what I want to do for a border. I have severe border disorder issues and difficulties making decisions. Anybody care to share their all-time favourite scrappy border ideas with me?