After several false starts, this is my quilt in progress for the QAWM – Quilt Along with Melody challenge.  I used scraps of the bright novelty fabrics I’ve been collecting for some time–bits and pieces left over from other projects. I made wonky log cabin blocks with black and white centers, then cut them in half and shuffled them. When I laid the quilt out with just these blocks, it was too busy, so I used some of my black and white scraps to make half-square triangles for sashing and borders. It seems counterintuitive, but the busy triangles actually seem to give the eye a place to rest.  I think I’m going to use up some more of the bright scraps and make a piano key border out of irregular strips, but I couldn’t wait to share my progress! Hopefully I’ll be able to post the finished top by the end of the month.

Visit Melody’s blog to learn more about the challenge and see the progress of others taking the challenge.


  1. Liz on March 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Cindy,
    Have you considered putting a white column (instead of triangles) between columns 2 and 3?There’s nothing like white space to let the eye rest. That would leave a nice triangle border.

    • Cindy on March 15, 2010 at 10:55 am

      Hi Liz–I tried several different options, including a plainer fabric between the columns, but they didn’t thrill me. I’m working on adding another border after I finish my commission piece and I’ll post it again when it’s done.