Just about there. I’ve spent the past day and a half moving diamonds around, then moving them some more. When I was more or less happy with the layout, I had to make a decision about how to border the piece.
My original thought was to make a uniform half-diamonds border with the dotted dark teal fabric I had planned on using with the original layout,
but I wasn’t happy with how the dark edge cut off the colour flow. I positioned the half-diamonds on the darker side:
The dotted dark teal blended much better both along that side and the top. I thought about trying to find a single fabric to border the rest but the colour variation is too great (from darker magenta pale blue/turquoise) – I decided to create border elements to extend the colour flow to the edge:
I am much happier with how this feels. I might be just about ready to start sewing the diagonal rows.
There are 215 pieces in this quilt top; I didn’t count as I was cutting – I must have used 90+ different fabrics, two diamonds for most of them, but I used a few fabrics three times and a few other just once. There’s huge colour variation in each diamond – I’ve positioned those with the highest contrast in strategic positions as I try to move the eye around. The photos don’t do justice to the vibrant colour I now have.
This is a very different piece from the original concept:
The challenge still remains: will I be able to sew these diamonds together and still have the panel stay flat!
I’m ready to start sewing….