Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Spikey Border Blocks

Are Finally Done!

I am very happy with them. The border was my first paper-piecing project and it took a long time (about 33 hours of actual sewing time)-- much longer than it takes to just cut strips of fabric and make a plain border. But it was worth it.

Every block finished at exactly 10.5 inches. It was quite a breeze to sew on.

There was not one piece where I had to "make it fit" -- how wonderful is that?

I am happy to report that tearing off the back paper is not nearly as tedious as I expected it to be. I've only just begun that part, but it's going quite quickly. I've already discovered that the secret is to sew with a very small stitch (which is NOT so wonderful when you have to rip out sections--believe me, I did my fair share of ripping out).

I can't wait to start my next quilt. I've purchased another Carol Doak book full of 9-patch paper-pieced star blocks.

I am now an official paper-piecing addict!


  1. Wow!! Your quilt looks absolutely amazing. You have every right to be proud of it. So what's next in the project Not that I'm putting any pressure on you that is...vbg.

  2. Well, Calidore, this makes two quilt tops waiting to be hopefully I begin to quilt one of them! LOL

    I did purchase the backing fabric last weekend, so that's a start.

  3. The border is beautiful. I can't believe how fast you can put together a log cabin quilt. I have been working on mine off and on for several years now.

  4. Hi Maddy,
    I only made the border in 33 hours. I made the log portion LAST year. It usually takes me a good 2 yrs to complete one of these king size monsters. Last year I quilted another log cabin and it took 100 hours--that's 100 hours just to quilt it (I hand quilt).

  5. This is lovely. What wonderful colors!

  6. It's stunning-so many beautiful colors and shapes! Please tell me you will enter it in a quilting contest.
    Great job!

  7. zoey, the quilt is beautiful. When are you going to make me one.

  8. Thanks, everyone.

    No, Dianne, there is no quilting contest that it will be entered in. To my knowledge there are no quilting contests in my area. I just make them as a hobby.

    Mom, I would love to make you one. I didn't think you even liked quilts. We will have to discuss this when I see you.

  9. Your quilt looks wonderful and that's quite an achievement to have it all fit so perfectly. Congratulations.

  10. While you are making one for your can make me one too:).

  11. wow. Very striking!


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