I am a quilter - a retired widow living in the Nebraska Panhandle. I am surrounded by beautiful semi-arid ranch country, and treeless hills and fields under incredibly wide blue skies, located far from the upheaval found often in large towns or cities. I am blessed to have delicious time to quilt and to appreciate my peaceful moments in an unpeaceful world.
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.
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love it! The border is stunning.ReplyDelete
Elaine, I just love that quilt! It is so interesting to look at, & i love the red & plaid fabrics to brighten it.ReplyDelete
Oh, wow, this quilt just sings! And the border is so complementary. Maybe you can give us some hints on how you made it...ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt! No seams matching on purpose is my favorite way to quilt.ReplyDelete
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. :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing - love the border!
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...:DReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete
This is wonderful, Elaine! I love the colours, and the border is incredible! Wow!!! GREAT!ReplyDelete
This is stunning and I love the plaid sashing and those pieced borders!ReplyDelete
Elaine, that border just made a wonderful quilt an outstanding quilt!ReplyDelete
I love it! Great stitching.
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.ReplyDelete
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.
Yep - -retreats bring out the best of sleepless nights in all of us!ReplyDelete
Great call on that border, it's the perfect finish to those beautiful strings. Well done!
The quilt is georgous, Elaine, I especcailly like that border. Course i'm partial to blues.ReplyDelete
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.
The border makes it sing!ReplyDelete
I love this quilt......I just love all your strings, they are so "classy". You really have an eye for the colors.............ReplyDelete
Wow! Beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Very nice! The border makes a great frame.ReplyDelete
Love the border!! We make a good team!ReplyDelete
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!ReplyDelete