Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Oh, Snap!

This unusual cold snap we are experiencing is a great excuse for staying in and sewing.  I have finished quilting the interior of my Monkey Wrench quilt:

I just did stitch-in-the-ditch quilting around the main pieces of the block.  My humble quilting is not going to knock anyone's socks off, but as they say  "Finished is better than perfect"!

I had to stop at this point because I want to switch to a brown thread to quilt the border, and I don't have any on hand.  I'm not going to brave the frigid temps just to buy thread.  There's always another project to work on in the meantime.

This won't be the first time that the borders have caused me to put this project aside.  After all the piecing was done in the center, I had a hard time choosing a border fabric.  I took the quilt to a shop that specializes in Civil War reproduction fabrics, and (with the help of a staff member), I  picked out a CW brown floral, but after I got it home, I just wasn't feeling it. (Caution: badly lit photo ahead)

Something about the print of the fabric was just not working.  The colors were perfect, but I felt it was too loud,  and some of the cornerstones in the sashing were blending into it.  I think I had let the shop staff have to much input into my choice of fabric.

Anyhow, the project got shelved for a bit until I figured out what to do.  Eventually, I decided to do  a double border.  I chose a narrow border of deep red which didn't appear anywhere else in the quilt, and then paired it with a quieter  brown for the border.

Much better!

Someday very soon, I'll get this border quilted.  In the meantime, I'm going to take a tip from Toby for keeping warm.....keep my nose tucked in and my tail wrapped around me.

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  1. I am totally with you on the border choice. I've also been there when I've let a shop staffer convince me of something I wasn't sure of. Now they probably think I'm snooty because I don't ask for much help--unless I'm truly stuck. I really have a "thing" for when fabrics "bleed" into each other--I think it looks messy. I love your red inner border and the new "quieter" brown. It is perfect. And again, you are so right--"finished is better than perfect!"

  2. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I love the ticking in the lattice, too! Great choice!

  3. oh bless him, he looks very cosy!

  4. love your quilt! love the colors you used

  5. I like the second border fabric much better than the first. I want to rest like Toby too!!

  6. I know some people like lots of help when choosing fabrics but I'm not one of those - if it doesn't look right I'd rather blame myself! :) I love this quilt - would be perfect in my house! blessings, marlene

  7. What a beautiful quilt and adding the little bit of red is perfect!


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