Well . . . it's been a long road to get to this point, but here you go. I boogied my butt this weekend to hook the sashing up with these blocks and for now, I'm here with my Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee Quilt:
I monkeyed with that layout for the better part of a week. Just about every time I'd walk by the sewing room I would peek my head in and change something on the wall. In the end, I'm happy with the layout I chose. I tried to balance the heavier blocks with the ones with a bit more background and blocks with triangles with the ones that were more square.
With this quilt top I wasn't seeking perfection . . . a good idea since some of the blocks were really off in size. I had to bulk out 4 or 5 of the blocks which really slowed my progress and jacked just a wee bit with the aesthetic of the thing. I'm hoping that with quilting some of that won't be so noticeable. Don't get me wrong, I'm not terribly hung up on the "mistakes" and it will not detract from my enjoyment/use of it, it's just a wee bit more wonky than I was first envisioning.
The other thing I wasn't counting on back when I started receiving my first blocks in the mail was how LILAC it would end up being. Purple hasn't really been my color since I was about 11, but it worked the best (to my eye - as well as to the eyes of the ladies at my LQS) so I went with it. It's like they say when framing a picture, you're supposed to frame it and mat it to the artwork and not the room it's going in. That is, if you're trying to enhance the artwork and make it look its best.
And yes, I did learn all that stuff about framing art from chatting with the frame shop guys back when I used to work at the Hob-Lob.
So there it you have it. The Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee quilt of lilac loveliness. I'm thinking I'm going to beef the borders up some more (with a different color . . . blue . . . green?) to make it a bit bigger. I'm thinking this would make a lovely picnic/beach blanket.
What do you think?