Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I wouldn't give you 2 cents for it until ...


What a difference a border makes!

I've been in the pits, looking at this top, getting careless in my sewing, because I could not fathom all these scraps turning into anything useful. I had visions of stashing it in the car trunk for road-side emergencies and not ever looking at it again. Another lesson to ME ... a decent border always gives an 'ordinary' quilt pizzazz!

We are expecting warmer temps this weekend - the garage is full of clumps of mud, horse manure, slop, from our outdoor wedding adventure but I still want to baste this quilt Sunday.

And below is my current Fabric Diet. I have been faithful in logging everything purchased that was sewing-related. Fabric IN is still gaining over fabric OUT, but at a slower rate than in 2008 (sounds like Federal budget conversation).

2009 Fabric in 95.50
2009 Fabric used (83.20)
2009 $ spent for sewing supplies, etc. $1,439.12

21 comments:

CJ said...

Well I think the quilt is lovely and probably was without the border too. Me thinks you are too critical of your work??? ;)

knitnoid said...

I like it! That looks like Star Stuck, and I've been contemplating making one myself.

Lindah said...

That is a beautiful quilt and the border is icing on the cake!

The Calico Quilter said...

Are all those itty bitty half square triangles in the border made from the cutoffs after adding triangle corners in the blocks? The border is beautiful and really sets off the quilt; of course, I liked the center of the quilt before you added the border, too. Mercy, you're mitering the corners. What a brave soul you are!

Shari said...

I like this border - and the quilt. Looks like a Bonnie Hunter? Well done - I'm always amazed at how much you accomplish...

SubeeSews said...

You have made the Star Struck your very own!!!!! Love the tiny border.

Keep it in the trunk??? No way now! HA!

We are to get a rain/snow mix today. YEA!!!!!!!!

Subee XOXOOXOXOXO

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful! I love this border!

paula, the quilter said...

Wow, Elaine, this is great. The HST border just 'makes' the quilt.

*karendianne. said...

I've always liked this quilt but the border is fantastic. Really rests, wraps and settles the quilt. I get it. :)

~Joan said...

Elaine, the border adds a certain va va va voom!! Congratulations on making this a show-stopper.

~Joan

~Joan said...

Can you easily share how you worked out the math so that the triangles and HSTs for the border were the right size so they perfectly frame the center?

LC said...

Elaine, this is just lovely... and the border is perfect. Keep up the good work. Your comments actually encourage me because I'm quilting one that I don't like, but now I'm wondering if I should trust my own opinion! heeheh!

jovaliquilts said...

It *is* a great border, but I have to disagree that it's an ordinary quilt -- I like it!

AnnieO said...

I sure wouldn't call this great scrap quilt "ordinary" but I agree that your border is perfect for it. Once you get it quilted you will love it as you have others you were doubtful of :)

Joyce said...

The border definitely makes all the difference in the world. It's beautiful.

Tanya said...

Oh, gosh! That is a fantastic border! What inspiration! I've got to remember this. I'm copying your border picture and putting it in my QUILTS I LIKE folder!

Anita Allen said...

Elaine, I love the border. I love the colors. So happy and bold. It makes me want to get to work and make some. I finally posted to by block a few pictures, which you have already seen. LOL
Anita

Meggie said...

I cant wait to see a full pic of this lovely quilt, all finished!

julieQ said...

I will give your two cents!! Hee, Elaine, it is so wonderful, I am glad you added the border. I love it!

bingo~bonnie said...

Ooough la-LA! What an awesome quilt! that border is perfect for those star stuck blocks on point!!!

I will have to remember your HST border when I get to that point - which will be about a year or so from now as the blocks are my current leader/ender project ;)

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Nettie said...

That border is a testament to what borders can do--just beautiful--but the quilt was already lovely. I've been mulling over what kind of border to use for my latest quilt so this is good food for thought. I'd also be interested in how you calculated the size of HSTs you needed, if it isn't too much trouble to explain.