Although George had a different original intent (chronicled here), he ultimately follows in the 18th century tradition of medallion quilts. Any worthwhile book on quilt history will include a section on this construction and its strong connection to the early printing of toiles, but there are few online sources that present the concept well. Take a moment and read up on them briefly here and view the Google image gallery to get the idea.
I’ve been studying the examples in my own library to understand scale, balance and quilting choices. And I finally decided how to finish up the patchwork and chose a traditional quilting design that is also “modern”–namely, crosshatching.
Assembly line precision piecing of lots of identical blocks is so incredibly not how I like to work these days. Many of my choices in the inner rounds lent themselves well to this in that I didn’t have to make full rounds of the same blocks very often; I could change over to a different one just about when I got bored. This final border of square-in-square will go all the way around and it’s taxing my patience to sew all 48 of those identical blocks.
Of course, I did audition the border before committing to it. I don’t have a design wall–the pros and cons of which we should discuss sometime–and I actually like some of the resulting “design blindness” because it keeps me from overthinking. But these after-the-fact photos tend to bring me enough perspective and sometimes comfort.
A brief note: On Sunday I begin six weeks of intensive work in RealJob. Not sure what that means about regular or irregular blogging during that time. I’ve prepared a few post ideas and hope to keep up with what you’re doing all around the web when I get breaks here and there.