This is what I decided to do with Hill Country Baskets.
Yes, I spent Sunday watching football and ripping seams. And it didn't even take all that long, one entire game and three quarters of another game. The red fabric that I used for the setting triangles cannot be used again, so along with some black Hemming House yardage for the new cornerstones and inner border, I also ordered some more red fabric for new setting triangles. For a beginner, I'm getting very good at ordering fabric from e-bay.
Wow, you folks had some great ideas on what do with those very black cornerstones, what a creative bunch you are!
When I framed the quilt with the black black fabric for inner border, it did not tone down the cornerstones and pull everything together like I had hoped and many of you suggested, I thought it made the baskets disappear even more.
I was very tempted to go with the quilting alternative, to use light thread and heavy quilting to lighten up the dark. But I don't do my own quilting, so I wasn't sure I would be happy with what my long arm quilter would do, let alone think about my request to not only quilt my top, but to also do something to tone down the black that I used but shouldn't have.
I also really liked the idea about appliquéing a smaller square of lighter fabric over the darker fabric, so only a small amount of the dark would peak around the edge, but I thought maybe that would take away from the sashing fabric, and that still left me what to do about the inner border.
When it comes to quilting the one thing I have more of than any other thing is time, so I went with the solution that would give me the most control over a result that I think I will like. Since this was a class project, I'm wanting to more than just finish a quilt I could live with, I'm wanting to love it and have it remind me of all the fun I had in Washington. What's one day spent in front of a tv ripping seams and probably three days getting it all back together, to me, not much really.
Thanks so much for all your suggestions, tips and encouragement. I learned a lot of new things over this little bump in my road, I hope you did too!