I have started putting together the top for my Scrappy Swap Christmas Hedgerow blocks. 6 of them are swapped from Nicole, Melissa D and Leisel and 6 of them are made by me.
Putting them up on the "design wall" and playing around a bit, I decided to make scrappy strippy borders out of the rest of my strings that were cut for the blocks. Starting out, I just alternated light and dark strips.
Then I sped up the progress by using longer strips, sewing 10 into one strata that got sliced into three 5" pieces. These three pieces was placed next to each other on the design wall with one open stripe between them. Quite happy with the repetition this provided, I continued doing so. One strata for each of the 4 sides. Spreading these out around the center, I then added the green strips to bind it all together. This "design as you go" worked out like a charm this time.
I guess this "controlled randomness" is a compromise between very scrappy, and very organized, and suits me very well.
The sashing is next. Think I'll go for solid white Kona cotton. If you feel up for some more pictures to get you in a mood for Christmas, there is more pictures of these swap blocks in the flickr group over here.
This is the first quilt I'll make with blocks from a swap. It was great fun and I am very happy to look at these pretty blocks - thank you ladies!!!
Anybody else started thinking about Christmas, yet?