|Paula's FINISHED Dear Jane!!|
When I auditioned the borders back in August, they "felt" too big for the small scale of the blocks. I can't tell now, after they have been attached, if they are too bulky looking. I kinda like how they enclose and protect the little blocks. Do you think they are "too much!?"
I made the sashing larger -- quite a bit larger at 1 1/2" finished as opposed to the prescribed 3/4"! -- so that my hand quilting would show up better. That's why the triangles have to be so big -- at least they have to be so big so that the points are centered in the sashing, see?
I could lop off an inch or two around the edges. The background fabric triangles would lose their points -- so I don't love that idea (I lose enough points without deliberately sabotaging them!:-D). And on a bed, the triangles would be part of the overhang and not necessarily affect the look of the blocks.
What to do!?!
Sometimes its hard to know what to "lop off" and what needs to remain to advance the best of the design. John the Baptist, teaching and assuring his followers he was not the One, said of Jesus, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30, KJV).
What a succinct and perfect analysis!! Even standing back, looking from a distance or through the lens of a camera, I can't tell what Dear Jane needs. And it's like that in my walk with God, often. I don't always know what parts of me need trimming, but I know that there must be much less of the "I" and much more of the "He." If I spend any amount of time with Him, though, He gently tells me what bits of me need cutting loose so that He can advance the intricate and beautiful parts of me He has spent so much time perfecting!