If I didn't love John Q. Adams so much I'd probably be turning this into a mini quilt and keeping it for myself! John has given us members of the NGAQB2 carte blanche when it comes to adding borders to his centre block. After much deliberation, I decided to take inspiration from the seasonal, woodland colours of John's feathers. I imagined them drifting through the dappled light of the sun, falling to the ground onto a bed of golden leaves. I also wanted to reference the structured shape of these paper pieced feathers. To do this I chose to use all equilateral triangles and diamonds to achieve a controlled, improvisational vibe.
Over 266 pieces later I have created the beginnings of a quilt top measuring 23" that I think will be right up John's alley. I mostly used my Bloc_Loc Diamond in a Triangle ruler, but also hand-drafted a few paper piecing templates for the corners. I have even surprised myself at what a wildly different look this is than when I used the same ruler to create my Shimmer 2 cushion! I knew I wanted it to look painterly, with large brush strokes, and thankfully after piecing it all together it is exactly as I had envisioned. (There was a moment half way through when I hated it, and thought it would never work!)
This is the first time I've participated in a round robin, medallion style quilt bee. I already think I'm going to love it! It is allowing me to bring my own creativity and style to each quilt top (unlike the prescripted nature of a block style quilt bee). Now then, let's bring on round two!