I still had some of these rectangles left and even though they weren't as nice as the others, thought they deserved chance to be in a piece with proportions that I liked better. Here were my first choices among my remaining pieces.
I also toyed with doing this as I do want to highlight those two remaining blue pieces and will eventually. I discarded this idea but will probably try this again when I have painted some more pieces.
I had liked the thin red strip so much that I decided that I could applique black dividers with red trim between the blocks right over the white. I literally made tubes and was then going to just sew them down. It seemed like a good idea but I know to really audition now!
I didn't like it. The red was too much in this piece (and I knew it would be in its twin horizontal version).
So then I thought maybe just window panes with just the black. I added black to the edges so that each piece would be framed with the same amount of white figuring I would just applique the tubes down. Black is very very forgiving unlike white!! Well, good thing I auditioned as the black border was just much too wide and overpowering.
I ended up appliqueing one inch "tubes" of black between all the rectangles. Then I just sewed new borders right over what was there, making sure I had about the same border of white. And here comes the hard part....
I chopped off a good chunk of the existing border and all the nicely sewn on binding!! Into the trash, but I am much much happier now with the result. I tried small red borders but the pieces already had more than their fair share of red!
Here is the horizontal piece. Guess I do have a series here. I can sleep tonight now. Those two pieces were driving me crazy as I really liked the painted pieces but didn't like the finished pieces!