I finally figured out what to do with the scrappy mystery quilt top I began with Joy McDonald's mystery project. I considered several border options once I had the blocks sewn together per Joy's instructions. It helped to have the blog post Joy published with photos of some of the other flimsies made during the mystery series. In a way it also didn't help as it proffered up options I hadn't previously considered. 😉
While the mystery quilt was percolating in the back of my brain I had the opportunity to create some additional scraps. That was the pendulum that helped me decide to go for a scrappier border than I thought I could pull off originally. So, here's the flimsy before the border was added:
And this is how it looks now:
This didn't qualify for Scrap Happy Day because I'd purchased the light yellow background fabric specifically for this project. The squares and diamonds created by those light patches made it pretty simple to christen this quilt Diamonds and Squares. I will very likely put a scrappy binding on it when the time comes. It should finish at about 46" wide by 60" long. All it needs now is a back!