I've made my setting decision....and I'll share it with you now. No matter how hard I tried to line up all of the seams when I sewed the baskets together.....it wasn't working. So, to solve the problem, I put a one-inch (1/2" finished) spacer bar between the baskets. Works like a charm and gives me more space to quilt little pebbles or whirligigs.
This rich, blue fabric is from a Windham line called History Repeated. I'm using it for the setting triangles and borders. I'll probably put a thin gold inner strip between the triangles and border. Since the border is directional, I'm going to have to pay attention!
Half of the baskets are now together in 9" blocks. I have a few more baskets to make before I can start putting all of the rows together. The baskets remind me of a new box full of crayons. I mentioned that to Mr. Joe, and he said I should name the quilt Crayola Payola. That's not going to happen! I looked at the Crayola website and I was amazed at all the information it contained. I wanted to name the quilt from a retired color, but Blizzard Blue, retired in 2003, doesn't do anything for me. What do you think of Bittersweet Baskets? There is a crayon color called Bittersweet. Who knew?
I've been doodling on some Press'n Seal as I think about what I want to quilt in the setting squares. This is the only doodling that is blogworthy. The rest are in the trash can. I have to doodle to get the hands linked to the brain so I can transfer my idea to the long arm. If I can't draw it, I can't quilt it. I'll use rulers to make the baskets and the rest will be free motion quilting.
If anyone comes up with a brilliant name for the quilt, please pass it on to me. I'm open for suggestions, and I'll entertain any of your thoughts, except for Crayola Payola! I'm sure I can come up with a nice prize for the winner......some plaid fat quarters come to mind.