A fellow quilting blogger recently asked the question "At what point in your quilt construction do you get bogged down?" There were plenty of different answers. Some folks let their quilts sit for months before they get the bindings sewn on. Others love making the blocks, but hate the lay out and row construction.
I have been guilty of many delaying tactics, but I have to say, my issue is borders. I love getting those quilt tops together, and then I set them aside for a little rest. Borders are boring. Or they can be, I suppose. I had a bit of a look around the sewing room last week and discovered I had a fair number of borderless quilt tops still waiting for that final step before they go off to the quilters. I had my work cut out for me, but I made the most of this wonderful four day weekend. Aside from Thanksgiving Day, I barely left my Bernina.
Here is my completed blue and white quilt. Please don't tell me you see a block turned the wrong way around. It would be cruel at this point. My gosh, I had trouble with this lay out. I think it might have been easier if I had used blues all in the same tone. I still like the effect though.
This is Birdseye, with its final border. I will be so happy to get this one back from the quilter so I can start using it. This quilt just says "Autumn" like no other.
Remember Prairie Paisley? This poor thing has been waiting so long for its borders. Once I get this one back from the quilter, I will display it from Memorial Day to Fourth of July.
And finally, Woo Hoo! I am so proud of this one. Flowers for Clara, complete with machine appliqued borders! This is one huge quilt. I couldn't get back far enough to fit it all into my camera lens! I practically had to go outside and take the picture looking in the window.
I made it just as the pattern showed, but am thinking it would be cool to put the applique motif in all four corners, and not just two of them. Besides, I was having myself a good time once I got into the applique thing. Now, I can't stop! I am going to be putting appliques on everything.
If you have not done much machine applique, please reconsider. Start small, with dish towels to give as holiday gifts, or baby bibs, or aprons. Once you start with applique you will love it. Applique adds such a special touch to a quilt, I hope you will give it a try. I felt like a little girl again, cutting out paper dolls. My teachers always did say I had good scissor skills...
I kept referring to Barbara Brandeburg's wonderful tutorial, and it made all the difference. She shows you how to trace the shapes onto fusible interfacing, how to iron them onto the applique pieces, and what stitches to use to sew them down. Her pictures are great and she makes it look easy. Shoot, it WAS easy! I only goofed up once and ironed my interfacing to the right side of the fabric instead of the wrong side, but it was ok, I had extra fabric.
So now that I have four quilts finally off my "Finish It" list, I can buckle down on my Red and White Snowball quilt. What a good feeling to get these done!