Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Laying the floor

Hi everyone!  So, I've had enough of the heat, how about you?  Ever since we got to town it's been in the high 80s and 90s and I'm pretty used up on it.  Maybe three weeks is all the summer I can stand. Yikes!  What if I'm secretly a cold-weather person and never knew it?  At least I'll have quilts to cover up in!

So, this week I am working on the Roman Floors blocks.

Oh, how I miss the fence!

I need 72 and have about 30 now.  I also got a really beautiful black batik to use for a thin sashing between the blocks.  Here's where I need your help:  I can't decide if I want a 1/2-inch sashing or a 1/4-inch sashing.  Here's the 1/2 inch: 

I measured and that is a half-inch between the blocks.  The blocks are large, so it could work, but it looked too big to me, so I tried it with a quarter inch:

I like this better, but I'm not sure how well it fits with those big blocks.  What do you think?  Maybe I'll just split the difference and go with 3/8-inch sashing.

Boring pictures, I know!  But while I was fooling around stitching the (many) hsts for the blocks, I decided to try another block based on this floor:

I did it in pink, not orange, but this is what I came up with:

I like this a LOT.  I think I made the center square too big, though, so I need to try it again with a slightly smaller center.  It's hard to see, but there is a wrinkle where I pressed the bottom left triangle away from the square, which is what leads me to believe it's too big.  But it was fun and easy to make, so that's a plus.

Anyway, that's what I've been up to this week.  I'd love to get this floors quilt done, because I think it's going to look spectacular.  Plus, I'll be wanting something cozy to cuddle up in later this year, won't I?  It really will stop being hot sometime, won't it?  Hope springs eternal!

Hope you get some good stitches in this week!  See you Friday!

Linking to Let's Bee Social, and WIP Wednesday.


Quiltdivajulie said...

We have tile floors in several areas of our house -1/4" grout lines are our preference. 1/2"is too wide. Tile floors are about the tiles and their interactions (secondary designs) - not the grout lines or, in your quilt's case, the sashing. IMHO

Really like that second block, too.

Sandra Walker said...

Love finding other quilters who are mesmerized and inspired by tile floors! I have one on my "to-do" list for my brother for in his new house (which hasn't been finished building yet) in Mexico. Some fabulous tile inspiration in their pasta tiles! As for your sashing, I like the 1/4" better than the 1/2", but it's almost not even noticeable. So if you're going for that look, then that is it, but I do like your 3/8" idea, which might be like Goldilocks, "just right"! As for heat, bite your tongue! I'm loving it, humidity and all! Not a fan of the cold. At. All.

Annie said...

I like the 1/2 inch the better. Gosh, that's a gorgeous quilt, I really like how it's coming along.

Bernie Kringel said...

Ugh... it's hot here as well. We are supposed to hit 103 by tomorrow. Enough already.

I say 1/4" or 3/8". This quilt is looking really good. I suspect you will get enough cold weather to cuddle up with a quilt or two. You are still in cold weather country - just not quite what you had before, right?

Rachel said...

Very pretty. I like the 1/4" sashing. I think it makes the quilt look more like tiles. Please don't summon the cold weather to the northeast yet... That sort of weather will be here soon enough! ;)

Marlene said...

Love these blocks. Have you considered not having sashing? I like the look of the blocks just sitting abutted in the first photo. If sashing it is then I would vote for 3/8 inch-1/4 inch you don't really notice.

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