Whoo-hoo! I'm doing the happy dance today! The reason is that my Pickle Dish blocks are finally completely fixed, and they're all sewn together. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. I'm so glad I forced myself to fix them now rather than let this project languish as a UFO.
Here's the top on my design wall; sorry for the indoor photo.
Fixing the blocks was so worth it. They came together nicely. I pressed all the seams open and they lay as smooth as possible. The points came out nice and sharp where the background comes together.
The busy background works exactly as I hoped it would - it hides the seams within those diamond shapes. If you know there are seams you can see them, but they aren't immediately apparent and they don't distract from the focus on the rings.
This part of the quilt currently measures 60 x 60". I want a rectangular quilt rather than a square one, so it needs borders. First will be 3" of background print added to the top and bottom. Then pieced borders using the colors of the rings. Then finally 3" of background fabric all around for a finished size of 66 x 78". I need to work out the pieced borders, but I have some deadline projects, so the borders will have to wait until later next month.
I'm Whoop-Whooping with Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict