Monday, 14 July 2008

I'm Stuck.

I don't know where to take this top, I sorted scraps and cut and sewed squares, then when I put them together and it really didn't look right, so I un picked squares and got a bit fussy and put some of them back together, and it still didn't look right. So now I'm stuck and this pretty little top is hanging of the Bannister waiting.

When Moya was here on Friday we went through all of my small collection of fabric and I have nothing that looks right as a border. I did wonder about setting the fans on point and adding four huge triangles with some applique on them, or more fans, but that goes back down the wrong colour scraps route. Suggestions anyone?
While she wasn't looking I snapped a sly pic of Moya, here she is adding applique to her third ballet quilt! She must be heartily sick of these by now.

We usually manage to turn the living room into a disaster area, but it looks relatively tidy in this photo!
So having run out of steam on the fan quilt I settled down to do a jigsaw puzzle over the weekend. I started this one at lunch time on Saturday and finished it on Sunday evening! Hmm, I did take breaks, honest.

The colours are much prettier in real life, it was difficult to get a picture as it is on my sewing table, by the window.

I missed doing a give away on my 100th post and my 150th but it's my birthday soon, so I'll do something then. Not that I know yet what I'll be giving! Hahaha.

Things to do today. Break up the jigsaw and do the next part of the mystery quilt.

Have a good day.


Ali Honey said...

Would it help at all if you rearranged the placemnet of the blocks and put the very bright one in the top corner and the palest diagonally at the bottom to give a colour wash effect?

Maybe a piano key border of many fabrics might work?

Lorraine said...

I would be tempted to leave the quilt as it is .... I have a 30's Dresden Plate quilt that I put together years ago....hand pieced and have run into the same problem....I am going to leave it with a plain border (which is the same as the plain cream sashing..) I did try a multi coloured border, but it seemed to detract from the pretty blocks....leave it with you! Don't forget to show us what you come up with!!

Ginger_Curls said...

Your fan quilt is really pretty. What about a wider cream border with some fancy variegated threads quilting?

Janet said...

I love what you did with the quilt..and as for a border, I am a little prejudiced about that pretty blue fabric you used in the last quilt, and pillow covers.

I thought maybe that blue, as a solid border would look nice with all the colors in this quilt also ;)

Lynda said...

I have to audition fabrics for borders, so realy don't know why I'm putting my thruppence in! Could you bear to do some applique of leaves and stems on cream borders? I have a Dresden plate quilt like that, and it looks good.

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blackbearcabin said...

i think a nice colorful border...or a colorful band, and then back to the white for a border....or remove the white sashing, and put in a colorful one and then a white border?
Its really beautiful...youre just tired of looking at it i bet :)
take a break from it, and come back to it later. You usually work with a lot of color, so maybe thats all it needs is a little more color :)
good luck...and keep us posted!

Rose Marie said...

A piano key border (perhaps even making points like the fans) would look good with this quilt.

Gina E. said...

Hi Lou,
I'm no expert on quilting, so I don't have anything intelligent to add to this discussion about your fans quilt, but I am looking forward to seeing whatever you decide on. I bought some Japanese style fat quarters at a craft fair today, and want to use them to for a block like these.