Second attempt...much wonkier!! In case you're wondering, that is "corn" fabric that I'm using for the ground. Worked well, considering the colors I had to choose from.
This is where I had to do some thinking. Originally, I just put red and orange strips on the outside and then was going to bind it. However, it was just too boring. So then I thought of a checkerboard and came up with this.
It worked well, but I didn't have enough to go all the way around. Back to the drawing board--or design wall. I played around with it a bit and thought about the fact that the house was wonky, so why shouldn't the border be a bit off as well?
From that came this. Having run out of the orange, I decided to play a bit.
Worked for me! From there it went onto my longarm. Yes, I know...overkill. However, since I've started longarming, I have not been able to quilt on my domestic machine. I don't know how people switch back and forth. Everything, no matter the size, goes on the longarm to be quilted.
A few pics of the finished product:
And the back...
We turned them in just the other day. There were 31 entries, I believe. Mine does not stand a chance of winning, but I did win my own challenge. I came up with fabrics, the design idea, finished the top, quilted and bound it and turned it in. For me, that's a huge win. I will often come up with ideas, but that's where I fail. I never seem to get things put together, or if I do, I don't get them finished in time. This time I did it.
We will vote on the winner at the next business meeting of our guild and then they will all be hung at the quilt show. I will show pics of the entries next. Including the super cute ribbons we all get just for entering!
Thanks for putting up with my convoluted design process!