A smidge times 10 makes for a 1/4″ difference in your blocks from top/bottom to side/side. Trust me. I have 20 100-patch blocks that measure 10 1/2″ x 10 3/4″. So, what does a quilter do? PUNT, of course. Make it work. Stretch as needed. (I’d bet $100 that my friend Karen’s 100 patch blocks are square….she’s the BOMB of precision piecing!)
I have put together 8 options for these blocks. My first thought was to just piece them in straight rows and get it done. However, that doesn’t fit with my 2015 philosophy of enjoying the process. I don’t NEED the product. I don’t have a purpose in mind for it. It can be as small or as large as I want it to be. I enjoy cutting fabric up into little pieces and sewing it back together again so my goal as I sew this year is to simply slow down, savour and enjoy what I’m doing IN THE MOMENT.
I know there are tons of other options….sashing with cornerstones, pieced sashing, pieced borders, vine appliqué borders (thanks for that one, Candy!)…..I’m sure we could come up with so many options my head would spin. It’s not going to happen though. Option 8 is already vetoed. Too busy. I think I know which one I’m going with. Which one do YOU think I’ll end up going with?
(Next day thoughts…..ok, I THOUGHT I knew which way I was going on this but now I’m not sure. Go figure. I’m also thinking IF I decide on borders – I really don’t think I just want to slap on borders……I’d want a pieced border. I ask again…..what is WRONG with me?!)
Option 1 – straight set blocks
Option 2- Straight set with 2 borders
Option 3 – blocks on point, no borders.
Option 4 – blocks on point with 2 darkish borders
Option 5 – blocks on point with dark and caramel border
Option 6 – blocks on point with caramel & dark border
Option 7 – blocks on point and sashed with 2 different fabrics – one a print and one a darkish solid, alternating. Sashing would be 1/2″ of each color for a total of a 1″ sashing around each block. Blocks would be alternated so that each sashing strip would have 2 colours.
Option 8 – sash each block with dark, then add another 1″ checkerboard strip then separate the blocks with another dark strip.