What a momentous feeling!
Was it worth staying up til 2am to finish the zig zag border? Yes!
Was it worth sleeping in til nearly 10am, and waking up raring to finish? Yes!
And out of everything I auditioned for the outer border, Yellow won.
I tried red – too dark…I tried cheddar --- too bright ((imagine that! TOO BRIGHT?!)) and green and pink were already in the zig-zag. Some prints were too big and busy. Some just didn’t fit the look of the quilt, but I had this one chrome yellow in a print by Judy Rothermel, and it just said YES!
The original quilt used the same fabric as the sashing for outer borders, but I believe in freedom of interpretation and that beige just was overpowering and didn’t make the other colors in the quilt sparkle….but this yellow…OH. YEAH!
Here is a pic of the quilt with just the zig-zag border, which – by wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles ---fit PERFECTLY.
Notice how GREEN everything is in my back yard! It’s hot and HUMID and heavy-aired out there!
The top with yellow border added!
Close up of left bottom corner.
Did you notice that there are new boards on my deck?
It’s Labor Day Weekend! And this weekend’s Labor Day project is replacing the deck with new wood.
Son Jeff is busy replacing the deck floor. The railing will be replaced also. It’s a big project and did I mention how hot and humid it is out there? Nary a breeze to be found. I think I’ll be finding my way to the kitchen to feed the men-folk working so hard ((And be glad that I don’t have to be outside today in it either – except for the odd quilt top pic!))
Back to this quilt top – I’m really fighting with myself on how to quilt it. I always thought I’d hand quilt it. But it is GINORMOUS. It’s about 94” X 94”. There are two other quilts basted and in the hand quilting process. When the hexagon is done – I want to hand quilt that too. That means that this one would sit SO LONG before I ever get to it, if I ever get to it ---
**Insert Incentive Here!** I have this plan ---for days when I'm home. "Hand Quilt For One Hour." Who wants to join me? That would be 7 hours a week -- we could make progress one hour at a time...if you are interested, leave me a comment below!
And then there is the problem with all the SEAMS on some of these blocks. POTHOLDERS! It’s such a busy quilt that I’m thinking machine quilting it will be best. But I’m fighting with it. I just don’t know. But in the mean time, I’ve pre-washed a red fabric that I’ve been saving for the backing and I can get that pieced together.
Those asking when Quilt Cam will be ---Oh is it a MESS down here! LOL! All my Bali stuff is in a pile and I’ve got some other house stuff that needs attending to. I’ll see if I can clear some time for Quilt Cam soon. I just need to settle in a bit more.