It took longer than I thought.
The trimming, de-papering, strip inserting, re-squaring process of making this border.
I LOVE pieced borders. I do. I think you know that. If there is going to be a border I like it to really make a statement, and if it is pieced, it ends the quilt right there. Very rarely is there a “plain fabric” border outside of my pieced one.
Usually because the quilt is already reached maximum size!
And because I feel the statement made by a pieced border is somehow diminished and minimalized by the addition of a plain fabric border outside of it.
I just want the design to stop at the edge of the canvas. If this were a painting, adding another border would be the same as leaving an unpainted margin around the outside of the picture.
Of course, it depends on the quilt, but I do love it when I have a pieced border and it stops. Right there. At the edge of the piecing.
Things were trimmed and ready to be de-papered when I realized I could be multi-tasking, and it would be SO “EASY!?”
I do solemnly swear to never purchase an oven that does not include an auto clean feature ever again! Contrary to what this label says, it was not easy, and it didn't come off. #heinousjob #chemicalwarfare #nolovinfromthisoven
After posting this on Facebook, I received so many alternative (and not nearly so caustic) cleaning ideas that I vow to never use THIS STUFF again, either!
The oven culprit? The amazing sweet potato casserole from Christmas had boiled over during baking and there was a burned sugar mess that I had put off dealing with mostly because I didn’t have anything up here at the cabin to deal with it, and once here, who wants to run to town for forgotten items?
Oh, and for those wanting the recipe? It was so good. I pinned it here.
Job done. back to this:
“I Heart Canada!”
I do NOT Heart Sliver Trimming, but it had to happen!
By this time it was getting late. This job had taken ALL DAY. I’m talking 10pm late here. And it can’t all be blamed on the time it took to clean the dang oven. But I kept going.
Must document the LAST SEAM!
And we have a TOP!!
Dawn’s Early Light is now a TOP! This has been an ongoing project for months and months, and finally we are here.
I am headed home today, I’ve got to finish up the pattern writing for both En Provence, the DIGITAL version and for Garlic Knots as well. As soon as those are done, En Provence the MYSTERY version will be retired and unavailable. Be SURE you have saved and printed all of your parts, and KNOW where to find them. I will be unable to provide steps for you.
Depending on how long finishing touches take, it may be late on Feb 1st before the switch happens, and it may be Feb 2nd. Ground Hog day could use a bit of excitement, couldn’t it? Be watching. Just to give you a heads up, there is likely to be a sale on ALL digital patterns once these two are uploaded and ready to roll.
Weather on the mountains!
I am at a low enough elevation that things are not accumulating here, but can you see the white on the upper ridge in the distance? That top ridge is the Blue Ridge Parkway. They’ve got snow. We don’t. This makes me happy!
But Quilt Villa VA is at a much higher elevation. There will be much more snow in my future winters!
Time for breakfast, packing up Moby, and heading home.
There are book orders to get out. There is a backing to piece, and a quilt top to quilt, and pattern writing to do.
Oh, and along with the Quiltville Creative Grids 2 1/2’’ x 6 1/2’’ ruler, PLAYING CARDS are now back in stock. I’ve got a limited amount of cards, but more are on their way. You’ll find them in the Quiltville Store.
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage grandmother's fan quilt found in North Carolina.
The truth is, we find what we search for. If you look for beauty, you will find it everywhere.
Have a great Monday, everyone!