Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Why is it ....

Why is it that the easiest quilts in the world give me so many problems?

This quilt for instance.



The blocks were made in like two hours and then I put it aside for months, mainly because I hate sewing rows on the diagonal. I get myself all discombobulated doing that no matter how many notes, arrows and other reminders I stick to the rows. Anyway, I drug it out again last weekend and got it all done to this point -- and thought I was done. What's that other fabric in the project tub? Wait, there is another border? Sheesh ...

Anyway, I was chatting with my online quilty group about being done with it, and then admitting that, no, I wasn't. Speculation about what the final border would look like. The striped fabric came in this Quilts in a Bag kit. But someone mentioned that they hoped the outer border was the large floral fabric.

Well, that got me to thinking that maybe I had some of that up in the stash. Yep, I found four yards of it up there. It's amazing what's hiding up there in Neverneverland (not to be confused with Neverland). So I piled it all on the dining room table. There were various opinions about which one I should use.



What do you all think? Whichever one isn't used is, unfortunately, going back in the stash because I've already pieced the backing for this quilt. I'm leaning towards the stripes sewn on lengthwise just like they are shown in the picture. I'm sick of this quilt and just need it done! Opinions, please!

Gratitudes:

~ Three nights of after-work errands done tonight!
~ Bonus week! :)
~ A domestic decision -- I think. LOL

11 comments:

JudyL said...

I say go with the stripe. What would you do with it if you didn't use it in this quilt anyway? Bonus week . . finally!!!

Mar said...

Hmmm what about the using the strip in a skinny border the other way and then the floral. I like the floral bestest! I remember when you bought that kit at the glendale show! xoxo

Cheryl said...

I agree with Mar...I love stripes when they run in to the border and then the floral outside. Shall we celebrate when we get our quilts done? :-)

Doodlebug Gail said...

Both are nice ....I like the stripes but you'll have to do mitred corners - they look perfect done with stripes. However, I do prefer the floral for a nice wide border. You'll be happy to get it finished - won't you?

Vicki W said...

Sorry for recommending extra work but I like Mar's idea too!

Kairle said...

I likes the stripes, too. I think you've motivated me to get my next project finished. It has blocks set on point and is halfway put together.

Anonymous said...

I like what Mar said. If you can't to the stripes going the other way, I like the floral better.

doni said...

I love the floral - and I'm not a floral kind of gal! :>

My favorite binding is bias cut stripe - that would be a great use of your stripe!

Good luck!

Lisa Boyer said...

Another opinion: I would use a thin border of the brown (is that dark one brown?) and then go back to the beige you used in the outside setting blocks for the wide outer border. This would make all your other patchwork "float" in a thin brown frame and tone the entire quilt down.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

The stripe is really beautiful - and you will be very brave to use it - because if your quilt isn't completely straight - it will show. But I would use it anyway and not care if it was off a smidge. You don't often see quilts with stripped borders - so I would go with the stripe. Very pretty!

Cheers!
Evelyn

Nan said...

I know what you mean about the easiest quilts giving the most trouble! I'm glad I'm not the only one with that problem. Love the photo of your girl with the quilt, which is beautiful, by the by!