Sunday, March 23, 2008

Turned out just fine!


Well, finally, all the corners are done, matched well, and mitered properly! Whew! I knew what I was doing all along, sort of. The diagonal borders met the inside border very well - I had to unsew enough seams to make up for about 1/2 inch. A small matter indeed. The dimensions are about 62 x 78 in. The outer border was added because my outer triangles are cut with bias on the outside. I know better but when you are strip piecing, that was the easiest to think about.

I LOVE it, and so does my DH! I was up and wide awake at 4:00 am Sunday, eager to start the hand quilting.

Funny thing - Taniwa has been working on her When-oh-When handquilted project for a long time. Months ago, she put on a border that I even remembered commenting about - it was so fresh and clever. She just recently finished the quilt and posted her lovely finished quilt and coincidentally, my border just made in the last 2-3 weeks is just like hers which she started a while ago. I'd like to say "Great Minds Think Alike." I don't think I gave it a thought when I made mine but that clever design must have implanted itself in my feeble brain. Or, it may be that we've both hit upon a generic beautiful design. Thanks Tanya! Love that Eye Candy and all the inspiration from ALL you quilters!

23 comments:

dot said...

Thia quilt turned out lovely. The border is just wonderful.

Gypsy Quilter said...

It's simply wonderful!

Carol E. said...

This quilt is gorgeous, and I LOVE the border. By the way, the answer to your question at my blog is in the sentence:
"sign language represents my career"
(American Sign Language interpreter).

Paula said...

Very nice quilt Elaine! Love it! I've got your spools tutorial bookmarked. Can't wait to get through with some projects so I can make some blocks.

jane said...

Having seen that I need to get back to my jelly roll and make more than the two I made after watching the tutorial.
Isn't motivation wonderful. We see something another has done and it just gives us that kick of encouragement.
Thanks for that.

Patti said...

Absolutely beautiful Elaine! And I'm so very impressed that you worked out the math for the border. And that you had the patience to do so! It makes for a very striking, eye catching design. Will you hand quilt or machine quilt this beauty?

meggie said...

You are right to be very proud of this -it is wonderful! Love that border!!

Purple Pam said...

What a great design! You made it! Congratulations for hanging in there! It really paid off in a striking quilt. WOW! WOW! WOW!

May Britt said...

Your quilt is beautiful and the border is so nice.

Lisa Boyer said...

Totally love it!!! So pretty, Elaine. The piecing is so beautiful!

Helen in the UK said...

This is a great quilt. Enjoy the hand quilting process :)

Berglind said...

Your quilt looks so clean, bright and beautiful Elaine. I wish you and your family a happy Easter!

Marilyn said...

Love your quilt, especially the border and the colors you used. Thumbs up!

Jeanne said...

Elaine, the border really adds to the quilt! It is wonderful. Nice finish.

paula, the quilter said...

I love the looks of pieced borders. It really is eye catching! And yours is lovely. Have you ever seen Pam Bono's borders? Check out this quilt for a really nice pieced border. What do you think? I've always wanted to do this border but just never had the right quilt. Maybe I'll do yours instead. Thanks for the mental nudge.

Lindah said...

Oh, wow! It turned out so nicely!
I like! I like! You do such neat designs.

Tanya said...

Thank you Elaine. Your quilt and border are beautiful and the border looks so right, so "done the way it's supposed to be done"! The next time I try this border I'll check back on your instructions. All I can say about mine is that the imperfections quilted out.

andsewitis Holly said...

Hi Elaine - This quilt turned out lovely! Thanks for recommending Pieced Borders by JM and MM. I'm definately going to order it. I took the personality test - those things are always fun. I would hope if I were to ask a close friend to be honest about how I come across that they would be. I have no problem being completely honest (with gentleness and humility) if someone asked me to be - *hehe*. What's the point of asking if you don't get the truth, right? I also completely understand about wanting to be incognito. Fun catching up with you :)

Shelina said...

It is a great border, and it looks beautiful on this quilt. That is some smart thinking to hide those bias edges.

Hedgehog said...

Love the spool quilt!!

Owens Family Adventures said...

OHHHHHHHH Pretty!! That turned out soo good!
dawn

Mary said...

I really like this quilt too - I've been eyeing several spool blocks and one of the days I'm going to make one for myself. I think it's a great pattern for a really scrappy quilt - my favorite kind.

Marcie said...

You and your beautiful pieced borders! It really gives your beautiful quilt a fantastic finish!