Sunday, November 04, 2007

Retreat project - almost done!


Last weekend, I was at a 2-day quilting retreat - naturally having a wonderful time. Our rooms were great, and the meeting/sewing room was bright, spacious, next to the kitchen, which was overloaded with wonderful food. I believe there were 28 of us.

I brought more strings, having learned to sew something less demanding while at a retreat.

By 11:00 pm, I was nearing a finish to the quilt center, and very kindly, my friend Colleen, who was sitting next to me, offered to sew some of them. She made a good dent in them and by 1:30 am, it was altogether. That's when I happily went to bed. Odd, I normally am dead to the world, by 9:30 pm. Funny how enthusiasm works, isn't it?

The only fabric I purchased was that thin strip of red and the plaid next to it - about 1/2 yard of each. All the rest was in my stash. Sometimes I think that ANY combination of these strings might be just fine! I'm pleased with this one. They are so addictive!

This last week I worked on the border, and this is what I came up with. Now I need to remove the telephone book pages -- it comes off easily.

Now, about this border, for some months, I've been admiring glimpses of a quilt border on Fons and Porter, during their "Tips" section, in the 900 Series. They never spoke about it, and 4 e-mails to them did not result in any explanation to how the border on the quilt was made. One day, (oh dear, I don't remember who) one of you Bloggers made something like it, and gave me some idea of how it was done. (Very simply, by the way!). Once again, thank you to all, for all the ideas and enthusiasm. In case I need to mention it, NO seams are matching, on purpose.

21 comments:

Sweet P said...

love it! The border is stunning.

meggie said...

Elaine, I just love that quilt! It is so interesting to look at, & i love the red & plaid fabrics to brighten it.
Well done.

KCQuilter said...

Oh, wow, this quilt just sings! And the border is so complementary. Maybe you can give us some hints on how you made it...

atet said...

What a lovely quilt! I do love all of the string quilts I keep seeing, they are all made of the same basic elements but all so different!

Tanya said...

The quilt and the border are both lovely! The border really makes the quilt so interesting! I'm going to have to put a bit more creativity in my borders!

joyce said...

Beautiful quilt! No seams matching on purpose is my favorite way to quilt.

Darlene said...

Another beautiful string quilt. I've only made two string quilts however everytime I see one I have a strong desire to make another one. :-)

Thanks for sharing - love the border!

Angie said...

It's gorgeous, Elaine! I do think it's my favorite of all the strings you've done so far. The blue blocks remind me of spools...:D

Laurie Ann said...

Oh Elaine! Another FANTASTIC string quilt! I love it and really think the strip of red along with the plaid gives it great pizzaz and continuity. GREAT!

Anne Ida said...

This is wonderful, Elaine! I love the colours, and the border is incredible! Wow!!! GREAT!

Rose Marie said...

This is stunning and I love the plaid sashing and those pieced borders!

Jeanne said...

Elaine, that border just made a wonderful quilt an outstanding quilt!
I love it! Great stitching.

Kathie said...

This is just a perfect combination of its parts--randomness in the blocks reined in by the red and plaid bordering each block. And the border sets it all off perfectly.

I love retreats for the same reason--the enthusiasm is contagious and I always end up sewing till 1:30 a.m. too! Then it takes me three days to recover when I get home, but it's all worth it.

Su Bee said...

Yep - -retreats bring out the best of sleepless nights in all of us!
Great call on that border, it's the perfect finish to those beautiful strings. Well done!

Eileen said...

The quilt is georgous, Elaine, I especcailly like that border. Course i'm partial to blues.

The retreat I used to go to with our guild was like that . Some would stay up all night to get something finished. I can't do that.

Gypsy Quilter said...

The border makes it sing!

Annie said...

I love this quilt......I just love all your strings, they are so "classy". You really have an eye for the colors.............

Carole said...

Wow! Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

Very nice! The border makes a great frame.

Colleen said...

Love the border!! We make a good team!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

All your sting quilts are GREAT! I love the way you organize your color selections and then add a few zingers (some that pop and others that are more subtle!). You just might inspire me to sort my fabric by colors instead of sizes!

Cheers!

Evelyn