Friday, July 14, 2006

After Shots!



Okay...would you ever guess this is the same quilt with the border bungles?

What I did was pinch the fullness, fold it over, and hand stitch it with a blind applique stitch to take up the pleat..it looks like there is a seam running across the border, as if it was pieced....but it looks so much better than a pucker because it is stitched down. Can you even see the seam on the close up pic? I think you might have to click on it to enlarge it to have it really be visible.

And oh you guys, don't you know me well enough to know that I would be kind and explainatory to my customer? I told her "never fear, I can fix it..here's what we will do..." And then for future reference I sent her to my website to check out my border hints page so that the next one she can measure properly, etc.

I really like how it turned out. Yes, it's the baptist fans again, but it just FITS this wonky 4patch-9patch quilt with it's eclectic fabrics, 1920's (maybe earlier..there is one chrome yellow I'm suspicious about being earlier!) all the way through 1940's.

I'm off to work, I've got a full massage schedule today, booked solid from 11 am until 6pm tonight. Whew! But the good news is...I PIECED more last night! WEeee! I'm going to keep you in the dark about that one for a bit longer. I found an antique top on ebay that I am dying to use 2.5" strips to recreate...in my own scrappy fashion of course :c)

In Stitches - - -
Bonnie

22 comments:

Ms. Jan said...

Looks fabulous!!!

Tracey said...

WOW!! I never woulda guessed that it was a 'problem child', Bonnie! You did a wonderful job! And...it's good to 'see' ya around blog-land again. :oD

Hanne said...

Very clever done Bonnie :-) The quilt is saved thanks to you.

quiltpixie said...

yup, the extra "seam" is there, but I must say, looks better than any other solution I think....

Karen said...

Wow. You are a miracle worker. We want to see the antique top!!

joyce said...

I'm impressed. Most borders have seams so one more, especially on that busy fabric is completely unobtrusive. I'll file that away for my next flared border. Lol.

Susan said...

Great solution. Just read a whole discussion about this problem. Apparently, you aren't alone in this difficulty with clients!

I love the way the whole quilt looks. Isn't that the fun thing about the business? Taking something that really isn't right and making it beautiful anyway.

Lisa D. said...

Wow, that quilt top looks fantastic with the baptist fan quilting. Thank goodness you were able to salvage the top - you went above and beyond for your customer!

Finn said...

So happy that you found a perfect way to "fix" the flare...and I think you handled it very, very well..*S*

Joanne said...

Looks great -- can barely tell there's a seam there. Glad to hear you're piecing again!

Tazzie said...

Good job Bonnie! Noone would be disappointed with that result, you're amazing! It's great to see you're having a little time to yourself again, let's hope the trend continues.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Patty said...

Looks great Bonnie, you fixed the problem beautifully !

dot said...

Great job, quick thinking on your part. You truely are a professional. Thnaks for the tip to put in my hat for the future.

ForestJane said...

The fans look really nice on that one. :)

I can hardly wait to see your new scrappy pattern!

Tonya R said...

You did marvelous. Love those fans, but good to know they aren't the way to go with a potentially wobbly quilt aka, any of mine :)

Helen in the UK said...

It has turned out beautifully - clever you :)

Judy said...

Good job fixing that huge pickering border. It hardly is visible and just looks like it was peiced!

Maureen said...

Good Job, and thanks for sharing this trick! I've machine quilted two quilts like this. The first one I tried to "quilt it out", disaster! The second one I removed the borders and sewed them back on correctly! A lot of work.
You did a great job!

Dawn said...

Great fix Bonnie! What an easy way to "fix" it, I don't know if I would have thought of that! Very clever!

Vintage Collage & Quilts said...

Looks like you saved the day for this quilt. Very innovative of you. I sometimes cover up my baclomg boo boos with an added applique or two ;)

Tina said...

Bonnie as always your quilting is beautiful and I love the way you figured out how to fix the wavey border...Now I am off to read your border tips I need all the help I can get even thou I have been making quilt tops for the past five years I am still a newby....
Hugs Tina

Sandra said...

I can't get enough of those fans - every quilt is a stunner! Great job of fixing the quilt. The customer will be delighted I'm sure!