I really, really like how Stellar Breeze turned out. I was working on a different design when just one part of it caught my eye. That one part seemed to want to be the focus, so I started over. EQ8 got a workout that day!
Would you believe that my favourite parts of this design are actually the two that I least like to sew? For me, the sashing and border are what take this from OK to "Ooh, I like". They open up the design just a little, making it seem a little lighter and a little more delicate.
The sashing has the added bonus of coming between the points, so if the points don't line up perfectly, no one will notice. Well, unless someone grabs a straight edge and checks, but anyone who would do that wouldn't get a quilt form me!
Matching the border to the background made the quilt lighter, but the skinny border and matching binding work together to turn the borders into a frame anyway, without the visual weight of colored borders.
That said, different fabric choices will change the look. I like these EQ mock-ups too. What would you choose? Light or dark background? Brights or neutrals? Something else?
My thanks to my pattern testers Sandie L, Kathi Kivi and Kathy Bruckman for providing valuable feedback for the pattern. Check out Sandie's version on her blog, and Kathi Kivi's progress photos on Instagram of her lovely version in rich fall colors.
The pattern is now in my shop. Get yours at 25% regular price now through October 7th.