Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Next Thing I Knew it was 2:30 PM

and I had not even showered!

All day today I was working on the next border for the rose quilt (I need to think of a name for it).

At first I auditioned the log cabin blocks again.

They are just too visually heavy and it's not likely they will end up in this quilt. Since I have only made six of them, it's no big deal. I may turn them into a table runner (my current favorite thing to use up quilt blocks gone bad).

Almost immediately after I rejected them, I though of using the same border I put around the original rose block.
Bingo! It was just what I needed to do.

However I had a few problems and had to do some tearing out.
It is 1000% more painful to tear out when you are doing foundation piecing with tiny little stitches. Unfortunately I did not lay out the top and bottom border before I sewed all the blocks together. I should know by now that it never pays to take shortcuts! It ended up that I had made 2 extra blocks. ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGG...there was nothing to do but rip it out.

Anyway I finally finished and I am very, very pleased.

Now I have a problem. The quilt is 56" x 42". Only a baby size. I don't have enough of the same fabrics left. I am in BIG trouble now! I will have to think this over for awhile.

It's almost 4:00 pm so I have to go find something to make for dinner.

Last night we had frost. The neighbor's roof was a lovely glittery white color when I got up. I've been too busy to even go out and check my plants.

I also have not checked the pupae since yesterday morning. I am assuming they are going to hang around all winter since it's been over three weeks since they went into the chrysalis stage.

Well, I must go. I do hope I have time to read some blogs later this evening!

7:30pm update:

I went out and checked my plants on the deck. Except for the coleus, they are all fine. I did pick the few sunflowers that bloomed and brought them inside to enjoy. Combined with a few dahlias they made a nice bouquet. That orange dahlia in the front is the one I blogged about a few days ago. I am still not sure which dahlia it is.

I also picked most of the little tomatoes. I have enough for salad for the next few days.


  1. Congratulations!!! You really did a great job! I like your patchwork very much! You are an artist!
    Enjoy the rest of the day and relax!!!
    Greetings from Switzerland, Barbara

  2. The quilt is very pretty - great idea on the second border.
    Frost - not ready for that! We lucked out and didn't get any Fri/Sat - they did in some parts of the cities tho. Your sunflowers make a very pretty bouquet with the dahlias.
    (sorry you couldn't hear the video - whassup with that?? But you didn't miss much - there are better recordings of Pavarotti)

  3. I admire the thought and organization that go into piecing a quilt together. It takes a good eye. I think your final project looks great.

  4. Your quilt is gorgeous! I'm sure you'll think of something to make it bigger.
    I see you have some Autumn Harvest sunflowers-pretty. Save the seeds.
    : )

  5. You have a great eye for color and arrangement. It will be interesting to see what you come up with next. Unfortunately, I think we will be hearing the dreaded F word (frost) more frequently now.

  6. wow! you've been busy!
    The quilt is beautiful, the colors and textures fit perfectly.

  7. What a lovely quilt! Im quite envious! ;-) My cats are too because this would be just the right size for them. :-)

    Love the bouquet you picked too, such cheerful colours!

    BTW how were the tomatoes?


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