Two days ago I realized that I really, really want to finish something before I start Sedona Star. I think I have enough balls in the air! Edward's quilt was the closest to completion, so I've been making a big push on it.
The last time I had it out I was really stressed with it. The seams wouldn't line up, and I had to unpick a couple of times, which I hate. I literally had to shake off the tension every time I sewed a seam. It was nuts.
Since then though, I've been working on my nine patches, which have been going together so well, and they must have totally shifted my vibe. When I went back to Edward's quilt the problems had vanished. A friend of mine always says "a rising tide raises all boats." I think those nine patches have been worth gold to me!
So today I finished joining the centre blocks and started to think about the border. I'd already decided not to use my inspiration fabric because the wine-coloured circles will clash too much. I decided to use this batik with the large white kanji instead:
When I first laid it out it was so busy that it made me a little nauseous! It looks better with the red binding fabric over the edge, but I think it is still too much. Fortunately, I found a yard of this quieter fabric in my box too:
I think that will be much better. I also fiddled around with the red cornerstones. There are four different reds in the quilt, and I thought about putting one in each corner. But I definitely want to bind it in the red you see here, and I thought the red fabrics might clash more when they are right beside each other rather than scattered around the quilt. I did think that putting just this one fabric in all four corners would be nice:
This fabric has the characters for "peace" and "good fortune" and similar good wishes, which I thought would be a nice sentiment. I am still on the fence, because the two reds are a little off, although they are closer than they look in the photo once again. I do kind of think that the second option, where the corners and the binding all match, might be too perfect, if you know what I mean. We will see how it goes tomorrow. My plan is to have the top finished before I start my Sabbath at 6 pm!