Mixing it up

Happy 2012 to all of you! I hope that you are spending the dawn of this new year with those you love and cherish. I suspect that I am not alone in choosing a quiet evening at home in the company of my sewing machine. My hubby initiated himself in Pilates on Saturday morning and spent the rest of the day flat out on the couch after working muscles that he never knew he had. This left me to my own devices all day and I indulged in applique, hand stitching and machine sewing. What a great day! I did feed him meals and tucked him back in as I skipped back to my sewing cave.

So, now that the formalities have been dispensed with, I must ask your opinion on my current project. I finished off 20 red and white basket blocks for a special project. They were inspired by a tattered old small quilt I own. I wanted them to look chunky and a little primitive.

After consulting with Kathie and Linda, I decided to emphasize the red in this project. But I am torn between two setting choices. I don’t have much in the way of design wall so you’ll have to ignore the clutter and imagine the 20 blocks without distractions. This one (below) is my on-point version.

Or, do you prefer the straight setting which actually places the baskets at an angle? I am thinking of a narrow sashing (perhaps 1″?) with a very slightly wider outside border. The actual quilt would be 4 blocks wide by 5 blocks long.

I would love to hear your opinion on these settings or give me other ideas if you have them. Again, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year with loads and loads of time for quilting!

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  1. I kept going back and forth, looking at each setting….then realized that it was the first setting that really drew me in. So, that's my pick.

  2. I only read a few comments but I too, like the 1st one. It seems more graphic. Can't wait to see what you choose. Your tumbling blocks is going to be a great take along project.

  3. I liked the first one until I saw the second option. Now I'm back to the first one. I think I like that the best. It's a tough decision, but either way you go will be a good choice!

  4. Looks like lots of people have opinions :0) I like the on point setting. I think it has a more antique look to it. Either way it will be wonderful!

  5. I really like them both, but I think I like setting #2 better. In setting #1, I think the upside down baskets would bother me somewhat. Happy New Year. I truly enjoy your blog.

  6. I love the first setting as I think the on point is a little predictable. As long as you are having fun with chunky blocks might as well have some fun with the setting. JMHO, of course. They are such cute blocks!!

  7. That's a tough one because they are both great settings. I guess it depends on whether you prefer the primitive look of the first one or a more traditional or formal look of the second one. The red and white is great either way! Love it.

    Have a wonderful New Year!!

    P.S. Those Pilates are hard work!

  8. Taryn…sounds like a great New Year to me…The first one is so much more traditional in my opinion. I really love the red..great job and I spy some little T blocks in the corner..yeah for the red. Guess I will do more red myself this year.

  9. Happy New Year and you are starting it off right!

    If it's about emphasizing the red then the first one is the one! Plus I find it visually more interesting.

    That doesn't make the second one bad, just not as much fun!

  10. Depends what era you are trying to emulate?? I see the on-point version as appearing more antique-y circa 1880's than the sashed version which to me looks "vintage" 30s or '40s. My personal preference… On-point. Either way they are super cute!!

  11. Happy New Year Taryn.
    I think I have to say I do like both with onpoint slightly my first choice.. Red and White quilts do look wonderful.
    Love your beach photo. Have just been down there myself but it is very hot here at the moment. Even the water was warm.

  12. I can see the dilemma. I love on point, but I like the interest of having the sashing and the baskets all pointing in one direction. I'm glad it's your choice, not mine.

  13. Lovely new yrar's start! I'll put one vote for the option #1 I just don't like the baskets will be placed on angle. Otherwise, red and white quilts are on my list this year and will follow your progress.

  14. I so often see the setting in your first option used in vintage quilts. I guess because of that it has more of a primitive look to me than the second option. I'm no expert, that is just my initial reaction.

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