Then, every time I walk by the design wall, I move blocks, and try to remember to take a picture. Still no spark of inspiration.
Next, I printed out tiny versions of the blocks, and played with the layout that way.
Now I am looking at plan B...and plan C, plan D, plan E, etc.
I have been studying all my idea books where I saved pictures of Baltimore style quilts...LOTS of sticky notes of things I liked at the time I saved them.
I have been scouring all my quilt books that contain antique Baltimore album quilts....A LOT MORE sticky notes, and books scattered all over the quilt cave.
I've been doodling around on my computer, too. I am a very visual person...I really need to see it. A lot of the antique Baltimore style quilts I've been studying seem really busy. While I was making the blocks, I was thinking I would put tiny sawtooth sashing around every block.
But now I think that is too busy. Sue Garmon can really pull that off...she has a great eye for how to balance all the elements, but I seem a little lost. I doodled around with other possibilities...not sure any of them really grab me.
Even a thin, basic strip sashing seems blaring to me when done in green, red, or brown, but maybe if it is done in a very light brown so that it doesn't jump out at me, maybe I will like it. I've studied some more recent Baltimore style quilts that incorporated this idea.
Then I found examples that had sashing made from the background, which looks like no sashing, but does space the blocks out a bit more so that they are not "doing battle with each other." That started looking very elegant to me. Then I stumbled on this roman knot inner border idea.
This would have no applique border...just lots of (hopefully) stunning hand quilting (and mitered outer borders)...hmmm...
Then I wondered about a very subtle, thin, light brown sashing AND this roman knot idea...hmmm, may be getting busy again.
Then I thought about a wider sashing, but still with the thin subtle brown strips and a cornerstone, accompanied by a more traditional scallop outer border...or a vine...
Then I thought about spacing the blocks out with sashing made from background fabric, then add an inner border around all the blocks of some kind...plain strip or sawtooth, followed by a more traditional appliqued outer border (I don't have the inner border doodled in below, but it is there, in my brain...).
I was sad to have to reject the blocks that had the G and F clef signs and the lyre in them. I could introduce those ideas in an appliqued outer border, either with a vine or scallop motif. What do you think of the heart motif?
It is actually an F clef, with its mirror image, as a very crude doodle. These clefs are asymmetrical and difficult to use unless you get creative...
So there I am...basically thinking of either plan A...
Or some version of plan B...
That is where I am...now...today. Who knows where I will be tomorrow...(maybe plan C).
We got a little bit of ice and some snow in southeast lower Michigan last night, so my daughter is enjoying a snow day from high school and an unplanned 3-day weekend (if fact, I think she is still in bed, tut-tut). Good luck to everyone who will be getting a bigger dose of snow, wind, and misery today, tonight, and tomorrow.