Thursday, January 12, 2017

Borders are on! and on to the next...2/17

 I did get the final two borders on the Bear Paw quilt!  It is a very large quilt, when finished.
 It was hard to get a picture of the whole thing!!
 I learned that I needed to cut the borders by hand, following the plaid, so that they would be straight.  Also, I used the length of the fabric, not the width, and I can tell you for sure, the border is much straighter and stronger feeling than when I cut across the width of the fabric!  So there are my pearls of wisdom for the day!!
 I have been binding by hand, 30 minutes each night, and I finished up this binding.
 Tada!  Another patient quilt ready to gift!!  Hope someone likes bright colors out there!!
 So, what was next, after the big Bear Paw Obsession???  Back to the Splendid Sampler...I am afraid they are going to take down all the patterns for this one, and I am not nearly ready for that, LOL!! I made the above block for my friend Lyn, in Australia.  I love the soft colors she chose, and the cup is hand appliqued.
And I made four more blocks for my own Splendid Sampler!  I made the very same cup for my quilt, as for Lyn's quilt, but I bordered mine differently.


I must confess...that bird?  Was a challenge!!  I guess not really too much, but the pieces were tiny, and cutting had to be spot on.  I love that I actually made it...and it took me two solid hours to finish that one block.  So yahoo!!!


Onward!!

Have a great day, everyone!!

Julie

22 comments:

Sherrill said...

Oooo, I love your border selection. The perfect finishing touch. But you really do need to slow down--you're making the rest of us look bad! LOL Great job!

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said...

I love the layout of the string quilt. Don't think I've seen it before.

Tired Teacher said...

Love, love, love the Bear Paw quilt!

Whoa, two hours to make one block. I'm impressed.

O'faigh said...

Loved seeing your projects Julie.Also looking forward to having part of you in my ss quilt

Leeanne said...

You accomplish soooooooooo much!

Needled Mom said...

I love the Bear Paw borders with it. The string quilt is beautiful too.

Kyle said...

You've used your increments of time getting so much done. Yay! You chose a great border for those bear paws.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great Bear Paw! Cute, bright quilt, too (you know I like bright colors). I don't remember the bird. I'll have to check thru the blocks I've printed out, and find it.

audrey said...

Your bear paw looks wonderful! It really is true, cutting on the length of the grain makes such a difference. I rarely buy enough fabric to cut borders that way, but I know it makes for a more 'square' quilt!

helen said...

I didn't imagine that this beautiful bear-paw quilt could be even better, but you succeeded!!
I love it!!
Best wishes!

helen said...

...and thank you for your pearls! They are precious!!😊

Chantal L. said...

Love the borders on the bear's paws. It's the perfect colour combo too. Thanks for the pearls. I shall follow your wise words. Love the Splendid Sampler Teacup block. So cute both of them. Lyn is very lucky to have such a beautiful block in her quilt as a memento. ;^)

Lori said...

Gorgeous work! That bird took 2 hours?! Yowser!

Lynn Dykstra said...

The bears paws are great. What wonderful plaids you used!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Congratulations. Lovely!

Rebecca in AK said...

Wow! I can't believe you already have your Bear Paw top done! Someone is going to love your pink quilt!

Janet O. said...

Your Bear Paw quilt is So beautiful!! Congrats on a grand finish!
And such a cheerful quilt for a patient. Lucky patient. : )
I totally understand that bird taking so long. Paper piecing with little bits can be very fussy!

gayle said...

I love love love both the bear paw and the string quilt!
My grandma taught me to always cut my borders lengthwise - the fabric stretches less than it does across the width, so lengthwise borders don't end up so wiffley. I'm always surprised when I see a pattern tell you to use WOF cuts for borders...

Tami C said...

Love your choice of fabric for the border! It complements your sashing.

Quilter Kathy said...

So many fabulous finishes to start the year off on the right foot!
Love that bird block!

Barb said...

oooh your BP quilt is awesome! So many great projects going on for you. The bird is great.

Terry said...

Your borders are always so perfect for your quilts! They look beautiful! :0)