Friday, January 9, 2009

Work in Progress....

It started with this sketch.


Then Grandma and I pieced the top. I modified the applique design and I did the applique. Then when I got to the strip borders, I discovered my 2 inch wide bias strips didn't behave as I anticipated. So it got stripped back to it's plain self. Then it sat for some time like this...

(This quilt really IS square...the angle's funny in the photo!)

I am thinking I want to finish it before the guild's quilt show in March, so, I'm trying to decide what to do in those borders. Can I find a way to make these bias strip ribbons work? Maybe if they were thinner? Applique stitched on both sides, rather than machine sewn down and folded over (which did NOT work)? What if they overlapped or intertwined? Does it need a little more applique? (I don't think I want to do a lot more.) Fill them with phenomenal quilting? (Do I know how to do that???) Hmmmmm....

Or maybe one curving border....


with some detail applique in some (all?) of the curves...

or something simpler....

Just exploring and thinking out loud.....

6 comments:

Brenda said...

I think those bias vines are easier to applique when you hand stitch both designs, and it gives you more control over the curves. I like what you're doing, and keep going with the applique. how big is it?

Carol E. said...

I love it. The one curvy addition will be fabulous, with a little bit of extra design added where you want.

justpurelovely said...

I love your thinking out loud. It's just precious that you got to do that with your Grandma. I sure wish I could have quilted with mine.

Lori
http://www.justpurelovely.typepad.com

jenny said...

I have no idea how to help, but you are an amazing quilter! What a great job!

Amy said...

I like the last photo but it looks hard. Whatever you end up with, it's very pretty and I agree with Lori - this is a good place to think out loud!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

very nice! applique... all that work! good job my fellow NY'ker