In the last week I have gone from this:
and finally to this:
I decided on two slightly different shades of solid brown for the spools, especially important where the spools were touching and going in the same direction. Should maybe have gone a little lighter with the brown, but I worked with what I had in my stash because (a) it was already in my stash and (b) I didn't have the time to order something different.
My next dilemma will be the borders. I need to use the challenge fabric somewhere, so the obvious choice will be in the border.
I'm thinking about separating the main part of the quilt from the border with a 1" border of brown and white stripes. Thoughts?
Then on to quilting. I want to big stitch using perle cotton. Still thinking exactly what kind of quilting. Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, one more thing: I was thinking of putting the challenge fabric border only on the top and two sides. On the bottom I would put a border of Kona snow and applique a needle and then big stitch some thread. Dumb idea? Too busy? Just a thought...
Check out what everyone else is working on here and here.