Monday, September 10, 2007

Midsummer Border Blocks Pieced

Getting started on the final piecing for the border this weekend was a challenge. I was getting all wrapped up in making sure the values were the same on all my fabrics and I couldn't get my head wrapped around it. It was very strange. I kept plugging away at it and finally on Sunday I think I got to the point where I said "screw it" and after that every went along just fine! The last 3 blocks took no time at all and I was done... whew...

Here is the border completely pieced at last.
Border blocks pieced
All in all I think it worked pretty well. As I embroider all the seams I will be able to blend the fabrics into a more cohesive background... really looking forward to working those seams!

These border blocks are smaller than my original plan so I'm going to have to adjust the type of embroidery I do when I get to that stage. Here's the original plan in case you have forgotten... from two months ago... sheesh!
Design 4
In this earlier version the border blocks were 12" (~30cm) wide which left lots of room for additional embroidery. The border as it stands now has 8" (~20cm) blocks so the corresponding area for embroidery embellishment is smaller. I'm still going to do embroidery, though, since that is a big part of the quilt concept of a Midsummer Night's Dream. However, since I have LOTS of seam treatments to embroider first, I'll think about that somewhere down the road!


The Calico Cat said...

neat concept. So you are going to add stitches to the blocks that you have pieced? Or just to represent your drawing?

JoWynn Johns said...

Thanks for taking us along on this project. It's quite a concept and I'm enjoying seeing it actualized.

threadspider said...

What incredible progress you have made! Really great work. Sometimes the "screw it"school of creativity is just the only way. Make sure you post those details as you work.

Allison Ann Aller said...

You nailed the values!

So this is the inner border as shown in your original sketch? And it will be pictorial outside of this border, right?
Maybe you had better show us the current sketch again!