They (the fabric manufactures/designers) have finally made a cat print that repulses me... (The x-ray one creeped me out, but that is different - I have some of that for ABC quilts - "x" is a hard letter!) & I e-mailed a quick blog post to share it.... It did not land in blog.... UGH!
Anyway, here it is: Elizabethan cats.
Granted there are many others that I probably would not purchase & MANY that I only purchased because of the cats, but that one is just plain yucky.... (I admitted yesterday in the post that disappeared & I state it again, it this particular print was cartoony - I would probably like it... I am not sure why I dislike this so much, but there you have it.)
O Kay & now for the ponderable...
Sashing When, why, how?
Let me start by saying that I know sashing has its place... I know that it is sometimes easier to add sashing than to make more blocks to get your quilt to be big enough, etc.
But I really like the secondary designs... What brought this on all of a sudden?
Mereth was talking about a quilt that her sister Keryn made and referenced the book that holds the pattern... Legacy The Story of Talula Gilbert Bottoms and Her Quilts by: Nancilu Burdick. As is the case for quite a few of the books on Amazon, they give you a sneak peak into the book. :o) In this book, you can see a Goose Tracks quilt. For me that is a PRIME example of why not to add sashing...
But then you can go to Anne's blog and see sashing used in a wonderful way! (I can't wait to see her appliqued border...)
Unfortunately, (maybe only in my mind) sashing often has an "I thought you had to use sashing" effect - not that I would use one as an example here - but I think you know what I mean...
Another reason what I am pondering this is one of my own quilts from the past - that is somehow related to Morah's recent postings about Marti Michell's templates... (I know my mind works in wierd convoluted ways...) I had to look... & then I searched the website further (These sites generally hide free bee quilt shows... & I love a virtual quilt show!) and saw this: World With Out End block (scroll to the bottom) which is the block that I used to make this quilt:
Blue & Yellow Stars. A quilt made well before I had any clue about 1/4 inch seams... It is still a quilt even though 1/2 the points do not match! & It was my first scrappy quilt & it is still one of my favorites!
Can you see how sashing would have ruined the effect? The yellow stars are a secondary design & the blue stars are a Tertiary design.
Which basically means that you have to put 4 blocks together to get the yellow star and the blue star.
On a side note, I am glad that I did not know to fear bias edges when I made this or it would still be a UFO - maybe not, back then I finished 99% of what I started... Even if it did not deserve it....
Why am I mentioning this... I have considered doing this quilt again - I think the templates would help....
Also, I am thinking that templates might help with my card tricks quilt too. (I am o.k. with the HST, but the quarter squares are a bit iffy...)