Bonnie has revealed a stunning Orca Bay quilt. I think we should crown Bonnie the Queen of Scrappy Quilts! She has an amazing eye for color and how blocks fit together.
After laying my blocks in the final setting, I still did not like my black & white HSTs, but I also did not like the blue or purple I blogged about yesterday. I kept switching out my pieces and comparing what I was getting with Bonnie’s quilt, trying to nail down what I did and didn’t love in mine. I also was evaluating what you told me in your comments too as I did this. (Thank you all for your input, it was very helpful.)
In the end, the problem for me is that my Ohio Star blocks and the black & white HSTs are not scrappy–the black is one fabric and the white is one fabric. I love all my units individually, but for whatever reason, they just don’t play well together to my eye. For me this is a lesson well learned about what I love about scrappy quilts, that they’re scrappy!
Instead of trying to fix anything, I’m going to make a couple quilts from my pieces. I’m not disappointed in this. Actually it’s quite exciting for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this mystery. I’ve learned a lot, and have loved being part of a big group sharing the process.
One of my quilts will be the string blocks, sashed in black with orangey-red cornerstones, kinda like this (note: the colors are not showing true, they are not this saturated/bright):
Yup, sashed with black. Can you believe it after my dilemma yesterday? tee hee…
The second quilt will most likely be this:
I haven’t decided if I’m going to use the black & white HSTs in this quilt as the borders. I had an idea yesterday on how to use them in another quilt. BUT that’s a really nifty border Bonnie has on Orca Bay–I may need to do it with these blocks! I won’t make the border decision until this one is on the design wall.
Of course I need to get the design wall hung back up after moving earlier this year…
I hope you enjoyed the Ocra Bay Mystery as much as I have. I hope Bonnie will take the time to do another one next year. If she does, my primary lesson from this year is: do Bonnie’s color scheme exactly, or wait until all the Parts are posted to decide on a different color scheme.
’til later, Jillian