Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Auditioning fabric/borders for The Bloomin' Rose

Watching a quilt come together is a wonderful thing. Just knowing it's almost done is uplifting to me. Putting on the binding is my favorite part, because that means it's practically on my lap in time for morning coffee comfort. Or, the quilt could be on my bed, where a quilt is always beautiful. And, dare I say it-it could be on the wall...smile.

The auditioning of fabric-no this is not a play about fabric or quilters-has led me to choose from my stash, this stripe. Auditioning fabrics means holding fabric up to other fabrics for your perusal-a visual of the quilt in your minds eye, before you do all the work. Of course you can always cheat and buy a kit of the material already selected, but where's the fun in that? I say that, even though I've been known to do buy a kit. That being said, selecting/auditioning fabrics is something I really enjoy. Back to this quilt, one of my favorite inner borders is a stripe and here it is again. This is our signature quilt for our group, Northeast Quilting Friends. We will have a party at the end of June and all the tops are due for display at that time. I don't know if I'll get it quilted by then, but, right now all I need is another border and it's done! You can audition quilt block designs. I thought I'd make pinwheels for this border, but, when I auditioned this hourglass type of block, I like the way it mimics the pieced roses and the quilt spoke to me and said that's it! Decision made, that was that!

As of late, life has gotten in the way of my quilting and that's okay, but, I do have some catchin' up to do. Whoopee! I think I'll look for a lovely backing at Lavender's next week and I'll be using the silk batting, I've been dying to use.


Elaine Adair said...

What? No other opinions here as to your border? OK, you didn't ask but ... I like the gold with the blue ish something or other - flowers?

It's fun to look at those fabrics for days, and then one of them becomes more favorite than the other.

Pretty quilt - I like that brightish blue that jumps out. Great job!

Anonymous said...

Bloomin rose looks beautiful! Great colors looks like a garden to me.
Love the nine patch quilt behind it...I made a quilt like that with hourglass blocks too...you can see it in the new McCall's America Loves SCrap quilts magazine.

The Calico Cat said...

I like to use stripes like that for binding...


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