Sunday, November 27, 2011

Another border idea

In my last post, I talked about various border ideas for my hexie quilt.  While going through some old magazines I came across this quilt in an American Patchwork and Quilting 2005 magazine.

I just love the look of this border and am thinking I could do something similar, but using my little hexie flowers.  Maybe a birdhouse in one corner and a little blue bird or two in the other corner.  I have not done anything like this before, so should be an interesting project.

In the meantime I have been working on a "secret" project and having so much fun playing with beads and beautiful wool.  I should be able to show some finished projects in a couple week or so.

Have you gotten your decorations up?  I have actually completed most of my decorating - just a few more ornaments to hang.  These are my nesting Santas - my grandchildren have more fun playing with these, for that matter, so do I.

Hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving, and happy holidays to come.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Border Options

I have been on the road again - this time to Washington DC for a business conference.  The weather was lovely, even if I did spend all day (8:30 - 5:00) every day in meetings.  Rather than show you the typical pictures of Washington, I thought I would show you some of the other visitors - the Occupy Washington crowd was there too. 
I took my hexies to work on in the evenings, and this is the stack I completed.  They are smaller than the ones I have been working on for my quilt, measuring just 2.5 inches across.   I want to use them in the border - but how????  There in lies the question.

My first thought was to create a "Posey Chain" around the border since I am calling this quilt Granny's Posies.   But then reality sunk in, that would take almost 175 of these little darlings - not sure I want to go there.
My next option was to create little flowers and with leaves and stems all around the borders, maybe mingling in a butterfly, bluebird, bumble bee every now and then.  I like this option better and it takes about a third of the number of flowers to make.  I just wish I could draw better as creating the bluebird, butterfly and bumblebee are real stretches for me.  I have a talented daugther though that can draw anything, so I am going to have to give her a call.
Have you any suggestions fo rmy border??? I always love seeing all the creative way people border their quilts, but when it comes time for me to do the same I think my mind goes into deep freeze.

My family all came over for homemade soup and cornbread last night.  Afterwards we were in the living room and they saw something that captured everyone's attention.  See that look of anticipation - and even fear on their faces? 
So you may be asking, or maybe you aren't, but here is what they were anxiously awaiting. The cuckoo scared little Taralyn so much she did not even want to go in the living room again the rest of the night. 

My wonderful brother and his wife brought me this clock from a recent visit to Germany.  

Happy Stitching!