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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 477082 views.

oh, no the one you see in the upper right is the one that was wrong (blue & rust).  I was just saying I also didn't like the llamas either, but that's a harder fix. I've already fixed the blue & rust - that was only 1 block.

I have been known to darken up light places in fabric with fabric markers.....just a suggestion for the llamas.




Ha Ha, I knew you would!  The llamas don't bother me! Still a crazy nice quilt, I would mess it up!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)


and I have now finished the top of Gathering of Quails Forever Project. :-)  Although there was a small bit of drama involved.

The original pattern has 4 rows of quails with a narrow border then a wider border for a final quilt size of 49"x57".  This is a small quilt for me and I wanted a bigger one.  It seemed to me that  making the rows slightly longer (WOF), adding another row of quails, and making the borders respectively larger would do the trick for me.  And so I did.

I had a "goodly" amount of an ecru tone-on-tone fabric that I used for the background.  I planned on using this fabric for the wide outer border.  Then, as I continued to work on it, I became dissatisfied with the simple wide border and decided to do a pieced border  of scrappy piano keys instead.  As I worked on those borders, it became increasingly clear to me that my "goodly" amount of ecru fabric wasn't going to be enough.  In fact, I was going to be about a yard short.  No amount of creative problem solving was going to get me more of that fabric.  I had purchased this fabric years ago from who-knows-where, so simply buying more wasn't an option.

So, I looked through my stash.  I didn't have an ecru tone-on-tone that was the same shade, as what I had was just "off" in some manner .. too light, too dark, too yellow, too brown ... they all looked *different* from what was already used.  Then I found a mottled ecru .. no tone-on-tone design .. but the shade was kinda/sorta/almost/maybe the same look and feel.  I used it and interspersed this new background fabric in amongst the existing piano keys so they would be kinda/sorta/maybe scattered in between the original ecru background fabric.   The four cornerstones also needed to be cut from this new background fabric.

When all is said and done, I think it turned out pretty well, all things considered.  The two different background fabrics are now a "design feature" rather than a desperate attempt to make lemonade from some lemons.  And if some sharp eyed person notices that there are two different background fabrics, I will give them kudos for having keen eyesight and direct them to look at some other aspect of the quilt.  :-)

The top now gets hung up with all the other tops, to await its turn to be quilted.  Someday .... that's a different project. :-)

Here's the completed top.  The size is 70"x100", which is only a tad bigger than measurements for a twin sized bed .. which is what I was aiming for.   It's longer than my display space is high, so it extends out onto the floor for picture taking.  :-)


From: judyinohio


Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

So, I looked through my stash.

Isn't is wonderful to have a FOREVER stash to go with your FOREVER projects?  Great job, dear Pirate!

Very nice finish. Sometimes the substitute is better than the original.

Suze (casuzenn)

From: Suze (casuzenn)


lovely quails! clever solution!

viola (sissly4)

From: viola (sissly4)


Shelley you did a nice job your quilt.


From: Midkid5


The quilt looks great, cute and bright.



From: Mishii


That turned out fantastic!  Is your background different colors of ecru?  Seems slightly different in places.