Have you ever seen a quilting pattern that you loved, but didn’t make it because of a single element that intimidated you?
For me, this is usually appliqué. I might love a sampler, or a medallion or other project, but applique usually rules it out for me. It’s too bad, because it really limits me creatively to avoid a certain technique.
That said, it’s also important to know limitations. How many unfinished projects do we all have because we set out on something our hearts weren’t really in?
I was intimidated by the Midnight at the Oasis pattern (see our Quilt-Along page Here)
because of the appliqué, but decided to get out of my comfort zone and do it anyway. The first border we are working on now is the little orange peel blocks, which are appliqué.
guess what? I am actually going to applique the blocks, and I love what I have done so far!
But, I did think of a few alternatives for those who maybe don’t have time or inclination to appliqué, but want to make this beautiful quilt. One option (above): piecing squares on point almost mimics the shapes of the orange peels without the curves. I think this would be super cute all the way around the center star. Continuing the background fabric from the star (white) for setting the printed squares, creates a secondary saw-tooth pattern….cute!
Option two: hourglass blocks, above. Now, obviously, these are too big. I made these to experiment, but I think smaller ones would be a really cute alternative to the appliqué border.
One of my favorite parts of quilting is creating my own designs. You can even make a pre-made pattern your own by adding your own variations, just like this.
As you might imagine. Sometimes this causes me problems when I have so many ideas I get kind of paralyzed by indecision.
When it comes to being creative, lots of decisions are a good thing, though, right??