Saturday, March 5, 2011

What Color Should the Border Be?

Finally the blocks are arranged in a way that looks good to me.  Once I have the layout the way I want it on my design wall, aka the living room floor, I like to take a picture.  That way if I get mixed up during the construction of the quilt top I can always refer back to the photo. 

The rows of sashing are sewed on and the top is together!  I took this over to my local quilt shop today to audition some fabrics for borders.  I found several pieces I like but I am going to sleep on it over the weekend and make sure I still like them on Monday or Tuesday.  What color would you use for the border?

This project was a $5 block of the month quilt at our local quilt shop with 12 blocks.  I wanted my quilt bigger than that so I carefully cut out my pieces each month and saved the scraps.  One day I sat down with my Creative Memories digital scrapbooking software and designed 8 more blocks.  Son #3, 16 years old, watched me do this and wondered who this quilt was going to be for.  When I told him I didn't have anyone in mind, he wondered if it could be for him?  Well, I couldn't have been more pleased and the quilt got an owner right then and there.  This will be for him to take with him when he marries and starts a new home.

I was able to get all 8 extra blocks out of the scrap pieces I had carefully saved without having to go buy more fabric.  This was my very first project using batiks.  We could choose between civil war reproductions or batiks and I decided to go out of my comfort zone.  I'm glad I did, because I really like the way this turned out.

Now I am on to the next project, under the watchful eye of Puma the cat.  She likes to sneak into my sewing room any chance she gets.  Can you find her in the picture?  Silly girl!

1 comment:

  1. What a gorgeous quilt!! I just love the scrappy goodness of it!