Sunday, October 14, 2018

Sashing Auditions

Since early this year, I have been making Spinning Boxes blocks as one of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. The block is my own design, and you can find a tutorial for it HERE. I've made enough blocks for a throw quilt, and now is the time to figure out my setting.

All along I've felt that the blocks will look best set diagonally, and a few weeks ago I tried out a few fabrics for setting triangles. None of those fabrics seemed like the right choice, so I made partial blocks to use as the setting triangles. That leaves me with bias edges all around the quilt. To keep the stretchiness under control, I've decided to add sashing and a border for stability. Over the weekend I auditioned some fabrics from my stash.

Round one was light/medium grey prints. I like grey as a neutral with bright or rainbow blocks, but these greys didn't seem to add any life to the quilt blocks.

For the second round, I pulled out a darker grey strip, plus a few different black prints. I definitely prefer the way the black prints make the bright colors in the blocks pop. Anyone else have an opinion? 

I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, and Moving It Forward at Em's Scrapbag. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful projects that everyone is sharing! 

Julie in GA


  1. So fun and bright, love it! I like the black with the multi colored dots.

  2. I agree with Vicki! :) I like your idea to use partial blocks as the setting triangles, too!

  3. Black for sure! I'm a sucker for a rainbow quilt. It's so bright and cheery.

  4. I'd have to go with black too, it really makes those colors pop.

  5. The black is really bright and truly pops your colors. I however like the look of the gray striped fabric. Love gray with brights. Just my opinion.

  6. YES to the diagonal set, and YES to the black and dark gray sashing. Your instincts for color and value are spot-on, and that's what makes a simple piecing design like this one really sing.

  7. Those blocks are so rich in color! Love them - and the Black looks great


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