Saturday, October 30, 2021

Scrappy Rainbow Saturday--Week 44, 2021

The last of my Sew Colorful Stars blocks, one of my projects for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, were made last week, and now I am trying to figure out how I want to put them together. Here is the design from the pattern cover, which uses the background fabric for sashing and a wider border.

My background fabric has a little bit of a pattern on it, but it's still mostly white. This is Pin Drop by Christopher Thompson for Riley Blake.

My concern is whether the quilt will be too much white. I've been considering some options for adding some color in the sashing/cornerstones. My first idea was little shoo-fly corners between the blocks.

Noooo! That is just way too bright and distracts from the stars. Maybe a paler color?

Maybe...That's definitely better. I could use a different color at each intersection. Should I go even lighter?

This one blends in so well that it makes me wonder "why bother?" What about that fabric as the sashing?

That's okay, but it's not telling me "Yes, yes, I'm the perfect choice!" (Don't your quilts talk to you like that?) Of all the options I've considered, my favorite is the pale aqua shoo-fly. However, as I look at all these options for adding a little something extra to the setting, I keep thinking they all distract from the blocks. After piecing all of those many triangles, the blocks need to be the "stars" in this quilt. I'm leaning toward following the pattern and using the same background fabric for the sashing and borders. 

Be sure to check out all of the wonderful scrappy projects at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge every Saturday and at Oh Scrap! over at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.

Julie in GA


  1. Thta is a gorgeous block - and I like the it with the shoo fly - maybe the pastel version? I like that it makes your eye move from block to block

  2. I don't think the shoo-fly distracts at all. I think it's a nice surprise in between the blocks. Otherwise, you're right, there might be too much white. I never say this, but how about a pale gray for the sashing?

  3. I love your background fabric, Julie! So perfect for a rainbow of stars. I understand exactly what you're going through - trying to decide how to pull them all together. I like your shoofly idea with the sashing! You could also just add a colorful square as a cornerstone where the sashings meet.

  4. Lovely blocks and I kinda like the pale shoo fly block in the sashing!

  5. Decisions, decisions! I'm sure you will come up with the perfect one.

  6. Did you give up on friendship stars?

  7. Weighing the options is part of the process, Julie. Completing as described is a perfectly good choice. Happy finishing!

  8. What about making your corner stone a tiny hourglass an then you could make the stars multi colored to match each block. That would match all those HSTs. I love what you have so far. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  9. Yes, my quilts talk to me too. . .sometimes. . .it is years before I understand what they want. I think that you have a good idea. You will figure out the solution soon!


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