A blog reader, Joni, asked how and why I decided to go with the tan “toothy” part of the blocks. Here’s the design with those tan “teeth”:
And here it is without:
It’s really just a preference. I don’t think anyone would look at either completed quilt and say one is wrong and one is right. The blocks are going to be either 11″ or 12″ finished and I felt that was an awful lot of “white space” without the teeth. To me, when I look at the second drawing, it looks like those little nine patches were an afterthought but when I look at the first drawing, the tan “teeth” are kinda like a shadow of the nine patches and that keeps those nine patches from appearing so “stuck on top” of the design. I feel that those little teeth sort of “anchor” the design and bring those outer blocks together with the center of the quilt.
That’s just how I see it . . you all may see it completely differently and like the second drawing better. That’s why we all love EQ so much! We can make it any way we like it!