Quilting Treasures for the center medallion but created my own pieced border. The pictures came from Quilting Treasures' GWTW line of fabric issued to commemorate the 70th anniversary of GWTW. I thought it came out rather nicely.
However, the reception was quite different than what I expected. Graciously received but not liked. After some discussion, we determined that it just wasn't liked (one specific reason and a couple of general ones). Curiously, I was not unhappy eventhough I had thought it would be a real hit. The one specific reason was the picture I had put in the center ... but even with it's removal, the top was still not liked. (I've blanked out the center image in the above photo.)
Upon ruminating, I have decided that I *will* finish the top and put it up for sale. I hope I will be able to connect with a buyer.
During the construction, I accumulated a LOT of half-square triangles, as all of the blocks with pictures are made snowball-style. The half-square triangles were of a sufficiently decent size that there was now way I could toss them. :-) I was left with ANOTHER unintended project: use up the half-square triangles.
This entailed an internet search and ended in my good friend Marcia Hohn's "Quilters' Cache" website. I swear, if her site doesn't have a block, it doesn't exist anywhere! I found "Carpenter's Wheel" and was able to make THREE blocks from the surplus half-square triangles. A quick trip to Joann's and I obtained some more of the necessary fabric for a fourth block ... luckily, both fabrics are a standard on the calico wall.
All the applique was needle-turn. Since I found a technique for needle-turn applique that I like (from Pacific Rim Quilt Company's two fabric quilt line of patterns), I no longer avoid applique. I am a happy camper when it comes to applique. [You can see the first project I made from their pattern here. The technique is AWESOME.]
Eventually, the applique was finished and I pinned the first border to the center medallion of Carpenter's Wheel blocks. Then I hung it up on my design wall to admire.
And it looked weird ... but in a good way. It was different from my EQ graphic ... how?
The problem with EQ version? When the cluster of green diamonds is next to the sawtooth border, there is a lot of empty space between the sawtooth blocks and the swirly applique. This simply did not register with me.
But look at the physical quilt above (yes, the quilt is too long for my design wall, so the bottom border is dragging on the floor). You can see that the empty space is now at the outer edges of the borders, which is more visually pleasing ... at least to me. Since it's my quilt, that is what matters. :-)
This Carpenter's Wheel top will now join its sibling tops in the pile of Quilts to be Quilted. ::sigh:: There are quite a few of them.
I really gotta get back to Lizzie to restart quilting. :-)