Saturday, March 31, 2012

Valentine for Granny

I have finished the Granny squares quilt top:

My original plan was to put red borders on it, but when I saw them sewn on, I thought the large red outer border was too overpowering for the center squares.  Here is the "before" picture:

Faced with the prospect of unsewing the four borders, I decided instead to just trim them down instead and then add a white border.  The red trimmings won't go to waste.  They are just wide enough to use as binding.  I think a red binding will be just the finish this quilt needs.

I really enjoyed making this quilt, and am thinking of making another one using Civil War repros.

On the knitting side of things, I have finished the front of the sweater I am making for my son:

The shoulder shaping on the first side was less difficult than I thought it would be, but I had a hard time reversing the shaping for the other side.  The instructions tell you to work the same as the first side, just reversing the shaping.  I had to write out by hand the reverse shaping because I couldn't seem to keep it straight in my head.

Now it's on to the sleeves!

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8 comments:

  1. Great border save. I like the skinny red as an inner border much better.

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  2. I sort of liked the "before" shot myself, but then I can't get enough red. I do like how you will be able to reuse the trimmings. That is something I would do myself!

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  3. I liked both tops! They both look nice. I can't believe you've done so much on the sweater! I still have to see it!!

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  4. Love red and white quilts. The sweater is really coming along.

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  5. Pretty! Good decision on the border. A little red on the edge is a good finish...more was, well, too much.

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  6. I love this sweater, I hope to be brave enough to start one soon

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  7. The quilt top looks great!
    Looking forward to seeing it in
    your Civil War reproduction fabric.

    The sweater front looks terrific,
    too!

    Happy Easter, Auntie Em!
    Cheers,
    Gwen

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  8. Beautiful quilt! I agree the red border was too much. It looks much better with the skinny stopper border. I used to knit sweaters for my kids and they turned out well but I always had trouble shaping the opposite side as well. I'm trying to get back into knitting but I don't think I'll be trying anything that will have to fit a person. Afghans are as far as I'm planning to go so far.

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