Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Reality check

I am always hopeful that I will complete all the UFOs in my box, and this summer decided to finish at least one. I decided the Baltimore 9-patch was the one, and asked advice about the best way to proceed from friends. All agreed that it needed applique on the border to show off the desigh to its best advantage. What kind of friends are these?! I really wanted friends who said that it was all good, just whack a border on it and go! But, I designed a small vine and flower motif for each corner and started to sew.


Here is a close-up of the vine, in case you've missed it. Impressive, eh?

However, since I am not the Master of Patience, after sewing this small amount, I decided a quilt finished was the aim of the game, unpicked the little I'd done, layered and tacked, and have started to quilt it.

I have quilted the main body of the quilt in diamonds, and will then do a feather design round the borders. A red binding will finish it off nicely, and then it'll be out of the UFO box and all finished!

(Incidentally, I have been missing for a week as I've been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I have lots of photos of me dressed like a tramp, looking like I've had my fingers in an electrical socket down a coal mine, me fighting on the Royal Mile, me drinking, chatting, flyering, queueing, standing around and generally having a great time. Watch this space for the evidence!)

10 comments:

Gina said...

I love the quilt. It'll look great with the feathered border

Love and hugs Gina xxx

paula, the quilter said...

I was going to suggest feathered hearts or something similar to quilt in the border until I read further. Great minds and all that. Beautiful quilt, btw.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Looking forward to seeing the evidence of your wild experience in Edinburgh. :o)

Your quilt looks wonderful...any plans for the quilting of the border? I think a red binding would be perfect.

see you soon!

(just checked the diary...I'll see you 2 nights in a row next week!)

Sew Create It - Jane said...

oops just realized you said you were going to do a feathered border! Perfect choice!! (I really should be wearing my glasses so I don't miss these details!!)

loulee said...

I'm with you!! Slap a binding on it and call it done. Yippie! Great finish.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

looks great. good decision to just go for it! whee, edinburgh fringe festival? cool!

gloria g said...

I'm with you, it's beautiful just the way it is! Great job on piecing and the cross hatching is wonderful!

Quirky said...

The applique on the border was fantastic, but it also looks great without (and putting on something when your heart isn't in it is the best way to ruin a quilt...).

Enjoy the feathers! and I look forward to hearing more about Edinburgh!

Contented Caroline said...

Looks great i'm impressed. Good for you for nearly completing it - with the Edinbugh show and all. How long until you're back at school?

Mama Spark said...

Just gorgeous. I love it with or without the vine.