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What Are You Working On Now?   General Discussion

Started 11/19/17 by MarciainMD; 406490 views.

since I was cutting all weekend, I decided to sew last night.  I started on this pattern.  I really like how it's coming out.  I've sewn all the blocks I had cut.  But I need more 2.5" squares for 10 more 9 patch blocks.   So I'm going to have to go through and cut more strips off my yardage to get more squares - not sure where the scraps all went, guess I used them all up on other recent quilts.  And honestly I'm very tired of cutting and folding.  So I'm going to put this one away for a while and work on one of the other kits.  If I can stand leaving something unfinished.  I also need more triangles for one of the other kits.  So maybe I'll work on that one next until I run out, then cut triangles and squares from the same yardage.

Yup pulling out and cutting fabric is not too bad but then having to refold it and put it away is not fun. Also pressing is not my favorite either.

I wish I could finish each quilt as I start it. I am improving though. I do not have any newer UFO'S because I have made more effort recently to finish stuff. 

latterberry

From: latterberry

May-12

Well, thank you!  Sometimes you just want something easy and mindless to work on.

latterberry

From: latterberry

May-12

Thank you!  I get a lot of y inspirations from here too.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-12

Here's the latest progress on my at-home Forever Project, "A Gathering of Quails".  These rows are 39" long by 12" high.   The pattern calls for 4 of these rows plus 3 alternating rows of appliqued eggs.  All of the rows are surrounded by a narrow border, then a wider border.  The finished project is approximately 49"x57".

That is a small project for me.  I'm not sure how "useful" such a size would be.  Since it's needleturn, it's not going to be a charity quilt ... yep, I'm just that selfish.  :-)

I've been mulling a couple of ideas to enlarge it.   
A twin size is about 65"x95.   For this enlargement, I could add one more quail row and one more egg row, then put another 8" border around everything.  This is the simplest idea. 

Anything larger would require a LOT more applique work and clever manipulation of borders to make it look right.  I'm not sure I'm up to working on something quite that ambitious at this point.  I *do* have another applique project in the wings.  :-)

So, I'm leaning heavily towards a twin enlargement.  :-)


 

love it so far.  What about adding some rows/borders of pieced blocks?

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-12

Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:

What about adding some rows/borders of pieced blocks?

The existing pattern calls for a narrow ("stop") border which is unquilted and then a very nice wider border in plain fabric that they have done exceptionally nice linear quilting.  It looks great.  See the photo below; that is the pattern cover.

If I add another 8" border, it will need to coordinate with what is there.

Hmmmm.... I do like the idea of replacing their original quilted outer border with a pieced border, although I was thinking more along the lines of another appliqued border .. leaves on a vine?  and have my final outer border have their linear quilting.  I'll need to mull over the idea of the pieced border in terms of what would work.  My brain isn't so exceptionally creative these days.

I like mixing applique & pieced blocks, not sure why I just do.  since you said you want this to be a larger quilt, you could split up the rows of birds among other blocks - but it would significantly change the look of the quilt.  I guess it really depends on what it is you like about the quilt, if it's the gathering of birds, what I was thinking of wouldn't be what you want.

I think it would look great as a wall quilt!

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

May-12

Ami_Quilts (sewingupasto) said:

I think it would look great as a wall quilt!

yeah, but I don't have any more wall space!  :-)

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