Sunday, March 27, 2011
The picture could be better, but I'm sure you'll forgive me - it's almost 10pm and so it's quite dark. But of course I couldn't wait until tomorrow morning to share.
Now I just have to wait until my backing fabric arrives, and I'll be able to get busy with the quilting. Happy days!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I'm much happier with this arrangement. Even though it's not how the original quilt is put together, I really like how the narrow inner border defines the edge of the pieced blocks. I also like how it tamed the problem of all the bumpy seam intersections between the main body of the quilt and the zig-zags. There are only two further zig-zag sides to put on, and then it's the final wide border, which is the same fabric as the sashing strips and the narrow inner border.
So happy with how this is progressing, I'm really on the home stretch :-)
Just one thing I'd like to share - this border doesn't really fit the quilt. I drew the centre up in EQ7 using the dimensions in the book and it sizes to 76-3/4", and making the border up as directed it measures 78".
As you see, I've eased it in place, but I'm wondering if I should take it off and add a narrow border 1/2" finished all around inbetween the blocks and the zig zag border. It's not in keeping with the original quilt, but it would solve the problem, and also make the issue of very bulky seam intersections between the blocks and the zig zag disappear. What do you think? And for anyone that has finished the quilt top, how did you deal with this? I just don't think the suggestion in the book of playing with the seam allowance is accurate enough.
Monday, March 21, 2011
When I was imagining how this border would go, I was certain that I'd choose tan and navy, but Jenny and I auditioned fabrics the other day, and we selected these pink and green fabrics which are the colours they used in the book. Looks nice, yes?
I'll be looking forward to getting more done ... I'll check back in soon :-)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Next on the agenda is the zig-zag border. My dear friend Jenny visited yesterday, and we spent a little time hunting in my stash and have found the perfect combination for the zig-zag's. After dinner is done with tonight, I'll make up a little test piece to ensure it's what I'm looking for. Happy days!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
How exciting to have completed all the blocks, it has been hard going at times, but utterly worth it. I have one little thing I'd like to finally do, and that is to alter Block 80. It's a little crookedy, and if I'm going to fix it, now is the time to do it - I don't want it to bug me for all eternity.
I'm so pumped to start putting that zig zag border together. Bring it on!
Monday, March 14, 2011
I made a small error with this block - the large cream outer triangles should have been green, and the smaller green triangles should have been cream. Having said that, I'm still thrilled with the way the block looks, so it's staying as is.
Rock on Thursday, I'm dying to get the last block made!!
Only two blocks to go now, and they're drawn up and ready to go!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
To get the block to sit flat for a photograph, I've soaked it with so much 'best press' that it feels like a little piece of cardboard!
And for the purists, you'll notice that I added a couple of tiny squares in the middle, and slightly altered the second last, and last row of triangles for symmetry's sake. The wonky nature of some of the blocks irks me a little. So, because of my changes, there may be a couple more than 181 pieces in this block ... I just don't feel like counting them right now! :-)
Update: I've completed the centre to the first row of green triangles ... now we're getting to the really tiny pieces! Pictures soon :-)
Monday, March 7, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
It's just short of 11pm Sunday now, so it's fairly safe to say that I'm done for the weekend. Tomorrow is my day off though, so there may be another NI block in my near future :-)
If you're counting along, you'll know I only have six blocks remaining now ... let's see if I can get another done before the end of the weekend ...
Saturday, March 5, 2011
I didn't realise until I looked at the picture just now how similar that tan print and one of the cream prints is - how fun! Once again, for this block I used a variety of small scraps - many of my NI fabrics are tiny pieces now. I'll have to make up some small log cabin blocks or something to use the last of the little bits.
I have only 7 blocks left to make - I'd like to get another one prepared tonight, and perhaps I'll get it done tomorrow :-)
Friday, March 4, 2011
Have managed to finish Block # 6
DONE! Here is BLOCK 17
What a mission this one was. It has taken me on and off a couple of days to get it right. ( or as near as)
I think I went about the piecing in the wrong order, then ended up with a bit of a mess. Thank goodness its done.