Neutral Quilt / Birds in the Air Block
My blocks are piling up ! It's time to start sewing the quilt together.
Progress has been smooth going so far on this quilt. Mixing up the fabrics gives it an interesting look. I have changed my mind about size several times and have made far too many blocks, there will be enough for another design.. Until I got to the border !!!!
Finding a fabric for the set in triangle border has been a challenge ! The piece of fabric I had in mind is a fraction too small. So........ back to the design drawing board. I decided to sleep on this.......... it's always better to think out a problem in the morning. I have come up with an option I like, it also helps the fabric go further. As usual when this happens, I like this idea much better then my original plan. Glad I made all those extra blocks, almost like it was supposed to be this way. That's what I love about designing quilts is you never completely know the end result. I always have an idea, plan, or concept of what I want to achieve to begin with. But !!! somewhere through the process decisions need to be made that can change the whole outcome. Oh what fun ! Here is my selection process.
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Trial border fabric, too light ![/caption]
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Trial border options, too many fabrics[/caption]
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Final decision on border options[/caption]
I hope you can see, I have placed a block in the border, in between the setting triangles. This made my border fabric go a little further and I was able to use the fabric that was a fraction too small. This fabric is the same tone as the rest of the quilt and really looks so much better then the lighter one. I also like the look of the quilt better with the added blocks, it makes it a bit more interesting.
Now to baste my quilt. I am looking forward to the quilting. Already thinking of what design I will quilt.
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The Roses quilt is coming along nicely, I have been squeezing in time over the weekend to stitch the applique Roses onto the third border and I can see the quilt starting to take shape. Today I hope to have the third border stitched in place and start prepping the fourth border of Roses. This will complete the center of the quilt. From there I have a vague idea of what will come next, I am hoping it will come clearer to me as I progress.
This morning I am sewing the border fabrics together for the top and bottom borders of the Roses quilt. I have selected and range of tone on tone prints some light and some with a little bit of colour to give a bit of interest. I love to mix up the fabrics, using a large selection. Something I find helpful when piecing the strips is to pin at least the end of the seam so the fabrics don't shift while you are sewing and end up with one end longer than the other.
I am not in a hurry to get to the finish line with this quilt, I love the whole process, every step and stitch. This week has had me finding the perfect fabric for the birds, I have used a window to get the perfect area of the fabric to make the birds look their best. Trying many different fabrics, I now have more birds than I need and some to set aside for another quilt. This is usually the case in many of my applique quilts, so I have a little pile of orphan pieces waiting for the perfect quilt to be stitched into.