Floating Squares Update

The final 10 Floating Squares blocks have been made and added to the previous 20 to complete my 5 x 6 layout. It took several days of wandering in and out of the Annex (the room across the hall from my sewing room) and rearranging squares on my design wall to get to this point:

While I’m very happy with the balance of blocks in terms of color and scale, the feeling remains that the blocks need to be separated to tone down the cheddar factor.

If you’ve been following my progress on this from the beginning, you’ll recall that my options to achieve this were to 1) turn the blocks on point and alternate with plain cream blocks, 2) separate the blocks with sashing strips, or 3) add another round of triangles to each block using indigo or cream fabrics but not the cheddar.

I was predisposed to setting the blocks on point and alternating them with plain blocks but surprised myself by deciding on a simple 1″ lattice between blocks and rows. To test it before cutting and sewing strips I separated the blocks on my design wall:

This is so much more pleasing to my eye!

Here are the first three rows with sashing strips added between the blocks:

Totally on the right track. But it turns out I wasn’t quite finished tinkering with the design. What would it look like, I wondered, if I added cornerstones between the blocks? And what if they were cheddar? They would be tiny — only 1″ finished — so it might work.

I cut some 1″ test squares out of scraps and stuck them up on the design wall:

Oh my! I love this look. Isn’t it funny? I changed the layout of the quilt to soften the effect of the strong cheddar and then turned right around and added cheddar back into the mix.




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6 Responses to Floating Squares Update

  1. Vickie Rooks says:

    Love how playing can bring about the most amazing results! I like the addition of the light sashing and small cheddar cornerstones. Happy creating!

  2. Valerie Womack says:

    I like the cheddar cornerstones. They really add just the right “pop” to your quilt.

  3. Colleen C. says:

    Isn’t it funny how such a tiny tweak can make all the difference in the world? It is so pretty!

  4. Diane says:

    It is very interesting how the cream sashing adds a linear element that breaks up the action of the bold colors while the little cheddar squares create a softening effect. You have taken the quilt from wonderful to perfect!

  5. LINDA P says:

    Love the sashing!

  6. Sandy says:

    I really like the added sashing strips!

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