Awhile back I remember telling someone that I have difficulty setting blocks together unless the rows are even repeats and very symmetrical. Then, while playing with these cactus basket blocks, I kept coming back to the fact that something was clearly missing in the layout. I couldn't make it work.
Cactus Basket quilt
I would carefully place the blocks into an 'even steven' layout and while it looked nice, it also looked boring and maybe even a little too sweet. Ughh. I do not do sweet quilts on purpose. So the quilt blocks would get folded up and put away to simmer until they could learn to behave.*wink
Starting to put the top together
This happened a couple times until finally I hit on the perfect solution--an asymmetrical layout. What? Me? And then it wasn't difficult at all because that's what this quilt was demanding! All along it was telling me to go with quirky, fun and random but I didn't hear or properly understand. Why is it so hard to get out of the groove of what we 'normally' do? Because it always works so perfectly well for us that we don't dare change things up and try something new?
A different kind of setting for me....
Anyway, making it asymmetrical changed my entire mind set about the quilt. Now I'm embracing the quirky side of this quilt and seeing positive changes in the energy and movement of the quilt. Fingers crossed I can just carry it through to the next border! This is me doing what I love best--trying to add a little bit of character to my quilts...