- I'm more linear and concrete than improv and abstract. That surprised me!
- This project forces me to use my stash so I can enjoy it everyday.
- No more being afraid to cut into my absolute favorite stuff -- it's only fabric, not gold!
- Thinking and problem solving. This hasn't turned out anywhere remotely close to my plan. I started using a book, then found the book's weakness (lucky me) and had to change plans.
- Do not set your blocks on point if you plan on making a quilt from the book, Blocks, Borders and Quilts and expect to follow the "grid." It won't work. Setting the center block on point ruins the "grid" and you cannot use the borders in the book as written (too lazy to redo the math and redraw everything -- very disappointing!). :-(
- The fabrics all work well together. Think of the prints not as prints, but as colors. Makes sense?
- Colors can blend but shouldn't match. Trying to "match" stuff will drive you crazy. Case in point, the yellows and the greens I used on the sawtooth borders. The base colors don't necessary match, but when you put it all together it reads well.
- Vary the value of the colors/placement as much as possible. Darks and lights... Contrast creates movement, and similar values create volume.
I still have a ways to go before I finish. I'm thinking of three more borders then finishing off with a scrappy binding. We'll see. I'll keep you posted.