Possum Magic: Round 3

As the Possum Magic quilts get bigger, I can see it will become trickier to add to them! In the third round, I had to add to Sharon’s quilt.

Each time a new project arrives, I think it is my favourite, and I really like how this scrappy quilt is developing. Sharon (of Motherdragon’s Musings) started with a Dresden-plate centre, in which she used eighty different fabrics and some tiny fussy-cut hexagons.  Jo of Riddle and Whimsy added the print border and loads and loads of tiny triangles, setting the Dresden plate on point and framing it really well. Jo took Sharon’s scrappy plan to heart and deliberately added 140 different fabrics. Then, Serena of Sew Giving added some granny squares, separated by white space, which I think was precisely what was needed to frame what had been done before. My job was not to muck it up!

I knew straightaway that I wanted to continue the traditional scrappy look that Sharon had started. For me, the obvious step was to include more scrappy triangles like Jo’s so the two borders looked related and balanced on either side of Serena’s.

I started sketching.

Scrappy patchwork border ideas

I scribbled a few ideas on a bit of paper.

Then, I transferred some of my ideas into clearer drawings using Adobe Illustrator.

SharonsBorder2 SharonsBorder4
SharonsBorder1 SharonsBorder3

I asked Serena and Jo for their opinions, and, as always seems to be the case, we all liked different borders for different reasons. In the end, I threw reason out the window, and went with my gut and chose pinwheels.

Because of my neat-freak nature, my scrap box is tidy and small. I started by using any of my pre-cut triangle scraps that were large enough and any scraps that I had not yet cut into small squares, but I soon had to start cutting into my stash. I simply do not have enough scrap! I put in a little bit of most colours, but I avoided brown and black, as I did not see any of those in Sharon’s centre, and I also did not use much of anything too bright or garish that might draw the eye. I wanted the attention to stay focused on the middle.

Pulling all of my stash out of the cupboard and cutting small bits from the fabrics forced me to do a bit of a tidy and sort. My fabric stash is nice and neat at the moment … until I start rummaging about in it again.

My border contains 192 coloured triangles, and I never used the same fabric more than twice. Many are one-offs. Without counting accurately, I am confident that I have added at least a hundred fabrics to the quilt, and that does not include the several white prints I used. Adding together the different fabrics contributed by all four of us, I estimate at least 330 fabrics have been used. The total is probably closer to 340.

Scrappy round-robin medallion quilt with half-square triangles, granny squares and a Dresden plate

I added a border of scrappy pinwheels, made up of 1¾-inch half-square triangles.

The quilt top is now 46 inches square, and it is ready to send to Jane of Where Jane Creates.

What do you think? Did I make the right call with pinwheels? What border would you have chosen? Or, what would you do next if you were Jane?

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45 thoughts on “Possum Magic: Round 3

  1. You absolutely made the correct choice with the pinwheels. They have given more breathing space to the prettiness! I think Jane will need to mimic the granny squares in some way! It’s lovely!

  2. It’s looking great Carla. Reading your blog post was like reading a suspense novel. I resisted the temptation to scroll to the bottom and take a sneak peek, and instead I carefully read through your thought processes first. I love what you’ve done, but the problem you’ve created for me is that I might have to give in and buy some white fabric when it’s my turn. Everyone else so far has used white, and I don’t own any white. Can you believe that?
    I see different parts of this quilt coming to the fore each time I look at it. Great job.

    • I wasn’t being deliberately suspenseful. I simply forgot to take a ‘before’ photo of what I received from Serena and only had one image of the finished article.
      I love that you do not have any white fabric. Yes, I can believe that in your colour-rich world boring white is not very useful, but it is my go-to background colour. By the time it reaches you, it might need a colour-rich frame to add some pop to all that white!

    • I carefully measured Jo’s triangles and deliberately made mine the same size, and that is why the scale matches. Serena cleverly added a bit of extra white so that I could trim it back to suit the measurements I needed to make it all work.

    • Serena gave me a bit of room for movement by adding extra white to her border. It is a thoughtful and clever trick that allows the next person to adjust the size to suit. It made it much easier to fit!

  3. Holy Balls Carla this looks perfect……..man the pressure is on to keep up with the scrappy/charm philosophy of not using a fabric more than once! My attention span isn’t that long LOL

  4. Hello Carla, I love your triangular border… and it is a harmonical quilt: it starts with quadrangles in the center circle which is surrounded by triangles… then a rectangular border, surrounded by flying geese triangles… then squares surrounded by your triangular windmills … perfect!

    • I confess I briefly considered adding more hexagons, like in Sharon’s centre.
      I am glad you think it harmonious. My aim was to add something subtle that added to the overall effect of the quilt without being the feature.

  5. The pinwheels are perfect! I have to say I’m glad I got this one at the beginning. The bigger it gets, the harder it’s going to be to find enough scraps to use 😉

    • I am rather proud of how neat my pinwheel points and joins are. I was surprised by how well they came together.
      I am glad you got this one early too. You set the tone for the project, and I think your plan has worked beautifully.

  6. Your pinwheel round added the perfect whimsical intensity and balance to Jo’s triangles and the center medallion. Really nice project. So much pressure to come up with the next border. I know it will be great. Thanks for sharing this quilting journey..

  7. Oh my goodness, this is incredible! If something scrappy could win me over this is definitely it. I think you chose the right border since it offset Jo’s triangles perfectly. I’ll be curious to see what Jane comes up with next.

    • Have you ever heard of ‘planned scrappy’? I quite like that – where you edit your scraps looking for common features. Also, I find scrappy plus one (such as white in this case) can tie a whole load of what might otherwise be mismatched fabrics together.

    • I don’t really remember either. I hope I get to use the diamond border later. I like it, but I thought the scrappy triangles looked more like Jo’s when separated by white. There are 192 white triangles too! So that’s 384 triangles. Eek!

  8. Really like how this turned out – not sure what i would have picked not that I see the chosen pninwheels on the quilt – seems to be perfect for it!

  9. Wow! This is amazing. How am I meant to follow this one? I think I have an idea…. maybe… kinda… I know it involves as many fabrics as possible. I can’t wait to see this in real life!!

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  11. I just LOVE the round you added! It was PERFECT! I have wanted to join an “Add a pieced border” group. I have a couple of quilts made this way that I just love! If a new group ever starts I’d love to be informed!

    • We formed this group in Australia and New Zealand as most of the similar groups are based in North America, and we couldn’t sensibly take part. With the round robins, unlike block-based groups, the quilt grows and the cost of postage grows with each round. They get too big to post internationally, so it is better if you can find people within your own country or region. Maybe the other Stash Bee girls might be interested!

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