Friday, July 2, 2010

Periwinkle Stars Progress

Because I'm taking my own "Ten in '10" Challenge" (see right menu bar) very seriously, when I traveled to Florida recently, I opted to take along my Periwinkle Stars quilt project, instead of the traveling Candied Hexagon quilt that has been to Australia with me twice. Periwinkle Stars is on my Ten in '10 list; Candied Hexagons is not.

This is the Periwinkle Stars hand-pieced quilt center measuring 80" X 90". It has been this way for more than a year.
I've been hand-appliquing four borders that will bring the quilt top size to a whopping 92" X 102"!

As you can see, two appliqued borders are ready to be hand-pieced to two opposite sides of the quilt center. I'm liking how this is going to look.
In more than 30 years of making quilts, this is my first try at adding hand-appliqued borders. This is also the first time I've designed my own borders. I can see problems ahead!
Getting the vine to wrap prettily around each of the four corners will not be easy to figure out. Also, I started hand-appliquing the borders using the needleturn technique. Since then I have discovered how much more I prefer back-basted applique. So I'm now making excuses not to work on it.

Anyone have some corner inspiration, or motivation for me?

14 comments:

  1. Linda, I love that quilt and I love your borders. It's going to be even more spectacular when finished. Can your vine just gently undulate around the corner, continuing its merry way?

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  2. It is so beautiful! No inspiration for corners yet, but I'll think of something!

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  3. Linda, it's looking very, very pretty. I'm going to have exactly the same issues with the corners of my applique border on the Whirligig quilt, so we might swap notes. As for the 10 in 10, nobody told me I couldn't change my selection during the year so I still have 10 projects, but they mightn't be the same 10 I started out with :-)) If you try to tell me now, I probably won't listen .

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  4. Wowsers! I'm impressed with your quilt! It is going to be gorgeous. I haven't done much applique. My biggest project is flower baskets from the Kansas City Star from a few years ago. Somehow I stalled out (shocking!) and have one basket left to applique (out of 12) and then I can put it together. Maybe I should have made a 10 in 10 committment!

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  5. I love your quilt, and your borders add so much! Lovely. I could play with those corners for a year or two my self, lol. I would consider finishing the applique after the borders are on. This may give you more creative freedom. I also think on my quilt they would not all be the same. I like diversity :o)

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  6. I hope that border doesn't give you too much trouble. What you've gotten done looks wonderful. I have yet to even try that. I guess I'm going to have to figure out what way will work the best. I'm glad you posted that link so I can check it out.

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  7. Its gorgeous - but when I saw the second picture I was surprised totally - I saw the first picture as the white hexagon squares with corner fabrics first time I looked. Amazing how angles can change the look of a quilt. I can see quilting decisions soon.

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  8. I am so impressed that you hand pieced that quilt! Makes my little Tumbling Block quilt look like child's play but that's OK because I'm just learning! Looking forward to seeing it finished.

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  9. The borders are really going to crown the fabulous quilt!

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  10. Looks fabulous, and I'm with you on the back basting!! If you leave excess vine and finish the applique up to the end then stitch on the borders before completing the corners, that may give you motivation to finish the bulk of the work at least!

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  11. Oh, Linda, what a fabulous quilt you are working on. I don't think you should make each corner look the same, just let it flow as it wants, just be try it out before you get back to the beginning. Just an idea.

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  12. Your quilt will be stunning Linda. That applique method looks interesting but it seems very labour intensive.

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  13. WOW!!! That quilt top is gorgeous! I love how you've used the blocks to make flowers in the borders...brilliant idea, and so effective. Can't wait to see this finished, Linda. :-)

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