Bonnie’s Celtic Solstice Reveal on January 1 was a surprising thrill for me. Thank you so much Bonnie for a wonderful mystery and beautiful design. I hope it was half the fun for you as it is for me. I’ve gained a lot of experience and much more confidence machine piecing. I’ve loved being pushed each week to get each clue finished due to my personal goal to keep up. I’ve loved the excitement of being part of a ‘virtual’ worldwide quilt guild doing this together. And, I’ve especially loved seeing everyone’s progress on the link-ups, like this week’s link-up, click below:Whether or not you used Inklingo’s printed shapes for your Celtic Solstice Mystery, please consider downloading Linda Franz’s Inklingo Clue 6 Reveal pdf. Linda designed and included in the download NINE different inspirational quilt settings using our the Celtic Solstice blocks.
After I pieced my Clue 4 four patches I didn’t like my chosen fabrics next to the already completed units. (I’m not doing scrappy, don’t have the stash for it.) After Bonnie’s reveal, I liked those four patches even less:My camera’s flash washes out the colors. In real life, the fabrics are richer/darker and more saturated. This setting is okay, but uninspiring to me. Uninspiring in my world equals an unfinished project languishing in the wings! What’s a quilter to do? My choice was to eat chocolate, stare at it and contemplate alternatives.
I decided to replace the four patches. I couldn’t find a really good substitute in my stash. Other than adding a neutral or two to my stash, I’m determined not to add more fabric to my stash until I’ve used most of what I have.
My creative friend Bree wisely suggested that before I made more four patches, I should consider one of Linda’s alternate layouts. This is a bit of one that I especially liked (page 12 of Linda’s Clue 6):Yup, this works much better for me. I had some hesitation with the border, didn’t know why, but did. Time for more chocolate and another of Linda’s border designs:Nope, I liked this even less… Bree suggested another variation of Linda’s borders (pictured on Linda’s blog post and page 13 of her Clue 6). I hesitated because I ‘knew’ it just wasn’t going to work:I was totally wrong. NOW it feels right to me. I’ll have 1.5 inch borders on either side of the border piecing, one my neutral and the other a turquoise print, with a green print piped binding.I’m back to being really excited to get this version my Celtic Solstice finished and on the bed! I do see another Celtic Solstice in my future though in Bonnie’s setting because I really like the movement in it.
’til later, Jillian
Did you see my tutorial on my new favorite star block, the Star of the Milky Way?