This was close, but I did finish Eventide by the deadline! I got my scrappy border on over the weekend, and it's done. After a false start, I chose to make my large alternate hour glass blocks (which form a secondary star pattern) very subtle. Playing up the smaller Ohio Star blocks and the red inner border was the way I wanted to go.
Not everyone who has made Eventide on this sew along took that path. Many people chose to emphasize those alternate blocks, and got such a different, but gorgeous effect. The variety of quilts that have resulted from this one pattern (by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co.) is staggering. Every one of them has its own unique look. Be sure to check out Thelma's blog Cupcakes 'n' Daisies today to see all the beautiful quilts.
I'd like to take a moment to thank Thelma for all the work she put into organizing this sew along. It was a lot of work for her, linking to and uploading everyone's progress photos each week, and it made for such an entertaining event for all of us who participated, and also for those who chose just to observe. She gave out super prizes, and I offer my congratulations to all the winners! Her weekly posts on all of our progress were terrific. If you read them, did you notice, as I did, how she took great care to praise and admire each and every person's effort for the week? She is a natural organizer, and I hope to participate in another sew along with her some day!
In my opinion, sew alongs are such a wonderful activity. If, like me, you don't have any quilt shops or quilting friends near by, it is a fabulous substitute for getting together in a classroom to make a project. Everyone works on the same pattern, just as you would in a class, and the participants offer each other tips and support and encouragement. Best of all, there is a deadline, which aids many of us (like me!) in keeping on track for a timely finish.
I do hope you enjoyed participating, or watching those of us who did. As always, I appreciated your comments and encouragment throughout the adventure.
Today is Monique's day to post on the Fat Quarter Winners Book Tour. Be sure and pop over and see what her project is going to be!