I am a quilter - a retired widow living in the Nebraska Panhandle. I am surrounded by beautiful semi-arid ranch country, and treeless hills and fields under incredibly wide blue skies, located far from the upheaval found often in large towns or cities. I am blessed to have delicious time to quilt and to appreciate my peaceful moments in an unpeaceful world.
I quilted each of the 4 borders in a different design. Hey, a gal needs to keep practicing. I did swirls, circles, paisleys and a leafy/viney thing in the borders. Red on top, white on back resulted in "pokies" on the back. The few pokies in the top just needed a permanent Sharpie. No solution for the back pokies - many efforts -- I finally admitted defeat and called it good! 8-)) Thank you again, Ms. Bonnie Hunter for this fine project.
The lesson I learned was that I used JUST WHAT WAS IN THE BOX. No fiddling, trying new fabrics, trying to match, colors, etc. I DID add the red and white, but somehow, forcing myself to just use what was available, resulted in a faster process, an amazing number of fabric combos that I would never have used before, and a delightful surprise when almost each block looked really fine! There's a good lesson for all of us who struggle with colors, matching, to the point of over-analysis which leads to paralysis.
This is 83 in. square - a big machine quilting project on my domestic machine. It's easy to make and you can reduce the number of blocks for a smaller quilt. Bonnie's pattern is in her latest current book.