When I finished my ninth floral block, I began thinking about ways to set the blocks. My first thought was to set them the same way as the Crooked Man's Christmas Quilt, but the purples were overpowering and needed to be subdued somehow. Green sashing was my first thought, I tried dark green, light green, medium green. None of them seemed right. The purples still hogged the show.
The blocks sat for a week until one day I noticed the light pink fabric I had used in the ninth block sitting in my basket of fabrics to put back on the shelf. I auditioned that and was quite pleased, but it needed cornerstones. A little more digging produced a scrap of dusty rose fabric that helped bring out the pinks in the floral fabrics used in the original blocks. Adding both pinks helped draw the eye back to the 9-patch blocks instead of staying on the purples.
I thought I was done at this point, until I happened to spy some scraps of a Disney Tinkerbell print (I think one of the pixies is Tinkerbell). The colors went so well with the 9-patch units and the purples that I had to find a way to use them in this project. After a little fussy-cutting, I figured I had just enough rectangular pieces to make a top and a bottom border if I pieced the rectangles together with strips of floral fabric. Hiding under a stack of Christmas fabrics, I found a little pile of floral scraps, some from the original 9-patch blocks! (Why didn't I look there sooner?!)
Soon as I began piecing the borders together, my quilt's name changed from Leftover 9-Patches to Pixie Garden. It's a quilt most any little girl would love, but I have to admit that I rather like it, too. Someday, I'll take a better photo, but this gives an idea of what the top looks like. The dark purple is the only fabric that wasn't a leftover or a scrap.