Measure the block you want to add to and decide if you want to add a border to bring the block up to a different size that might be easier to add to. For example, my 16" block could be made bigger to 18" or 20", if I wanted to add a border that needs pieces 3" or 5" high, to make up the next border.
If I use a white border, then my block will float in the frame and the border will disappear into the background.
I can also add a border in a solid or print that reads as solid to frame my block and make it stand out before adding the next round of piecing or applique. Melanie @ Catbird Quilts has an excellent series on Medallion quilts and recommends the round 1 border combination be approximately 5" wide.
|Carla's original block image used with permission from Wendy's Quilts & More|
|Round 1- dark skinny border from scraps provided to frame it and wider patchwork border 5 in total to emphasise the greens in the original block by Jane @Where Jane Creates- image used with permission from Wendy's Quilts and More|
Echoing the original block can be a very effective way of adding to and emphasising the main block idea. In the above example, Jame echoed the colours used in Carla's orignal block. In the example below, Carla @ Granny Mauds Girl added to this block from Serena @ Sew Giving by creating another circle around it.
|Serena's original block image courtesy of Granny Maud's Girl|
|Carla's addition echoing the original block image courtesy of Granny Maud's Girl|
The addition to the original block doesn't have to be symmetrical. In this starting block by Jo@Riddle & Whimsy the arrow resulted in a long rectangular block. Serena squared it up by adding in half arrows on either side and Carla took it back to rectangle again in the round after that!
|Jo's arrow block image courtesy of Sew Giving|
|Serena's first round addition to top and bottom only! Image courtesy of Sew Giving|
|Sharon @ Mother Dragons Musings original block image courtesy of Wendy's Quilts & More|
|Jo's (Riddle & Whimsy) colourful addition framed and turned on point image courtesy of Wendy's Quilts & More|
link up this months progress on round robin or medallion quilts - closing date for this months draw is tomorrow with winners announced on Saturday!
Looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for our next round of Modern Irish Bee 2016-Round Robin style!