Sunday, February 19, 2012

It’s Your Quilt…Change Your Plans…..

 

It all started last summer.  I saw Lisa Bongean’s first block of a Summer block of the week program and I was hooked.  I encourage everyone to take part in them this summer.  It made me slow down and “smell the roses” so to speak.  I would swing out on the “Covered Porch” and work on my blocks. I was either cutting them out, stitching or writing about them throughout the summer. I signed up without knowing what the quilt would look like.  With Lisa Bongean—Blind faith takes over and you know it’s going to be good.

Well, the finishing kit came out and it was predictably charming—but not what I had pictured in my head.  The quilt blocks were a little pricey(but worth it). I just didn’t want to spend more for the finishing kit.  I waited around to see what other quilters were doing—no luck… Weekly, I googled images for pictures of the quilt and never saw one.

I so I ordered fabric for my own game plan.  I still was hesitant to pull the trigger on the project.  A quilter had even blogged that she had seen the quilt in person--- and the finishing kit was completely worth it….Great--- gorgeous blocks and I was about to destroy them with ugly borders.  So—I went to see the quilt.

I loved it.  But finally—I was finally content that I wanted a different version.  I did however, change my game plan and I love how it turned out.

So the quilt started going together last weekend.  I pulled scraps from my stash.  Anything too bright got coffee/tea/vanilla dyed and the cut into pieces.

My family’s pool table became the design board—and again things laid around for a week--- scared of ruining beautiful blocks that a lot of hard work went into….

Well, I decided it doesn’t need the final border--- I love it just like it is…..

It’s going to have a dark brown binding….No more applique--- the blocks will stand on their on….As far as quilting patterns….I’m quilting it myself. I just going to do a small meandering stipple all over.  The strength of the quilt in my opinion is the blocks.  The minute I finish typing it’s going on the frame…It’s a big project…But it’s going to be an awesome display for this summer….

27 comments:

Sue said...

It's beautiful too, Melanie and I agree that it doesn't need another border. What a lovely display of it too.

I do that with my quilts...decide at the last minute if a border or another border should go on. The jury is still out on the quilt I'm working on now.

I think you made the right decision. Those are gorgeous applique blocks.

Libby said...

I have no idea what the original design was . . . . doesn't matter because this is perfect! Good for you for making it your own *s*

grannyanne said...

I think you have finished this perfectly. It will make a great display quilt!

Vicki said...

It looks really nice. I like the way you framed the blocks with your sashing. Very pretty!

Colleen said...

It's perfect!

Angie said...

Oooooh Mel, it is just tooo GORgeous!! I agree---it is perfect as it is. :)

Julee said...

Your design looks beautiful. I have not even started my BOM just had too many other projects to finish first. I always do her BOW designs and never disappointed with them and really love the freebie that she gives. It is on my list to start next...again its gorgeous!!!

journeying said...

It's absolutely beautiful! I remember seeing the applique blocks as you were working on them, and they are truly stunning.
Again - well done, Melanie!!!!!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wonderful . .. looking forward to seeing it finished.

anne bebbington said...

Love, love, LOVE your piano key sashings Mel - you've pitched it perfectly - just lovely!

Muddling Through said...

Melanie, it is STUNNING! You are always right to listen to your own inner voice. It is your creation - no one else's, so you should get the final say.

Carolyn said...

Wow Mel, it turned out beautiful! What a great idea for sashing...you did a great job!

sewprimitive karen said...

Oh boy, are you going to love using this quilt. It's perfect!

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

This is drop dead gorgeous, and I wouldn't change a thing. It is worth every penny and every minute you spent on it. Excellent!

Audrey said...

I love the way you did your quilt. I really like the light outside border and with the brown binding it will look great. I know there is a lot of work in this... congratulations on a great finish!

Colleen said...

iIt turned out beautiful! I love it :o)

McIrish Annie said...

you did a fabulous job! way to step out of the box. I love the borders which add to and do not take from the blocks. Love your quilting idea too.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Absolutely stunning...your choice of setting works perfectly...hope you'll show it once it is quilted and bound.

Carol said...

Mel it is absolutely gorgeous...not another border needed...LOVE IT!

Sue said...

Oh WOW Melanie. It looks fabulous. Dark brown binding will look fabulous. Great job.

Sue said...

Oh WOW Melanie. Your quilt looks absolutely fabulous. And a brown binding will finish it off perfect. Great job.

deb said...

that is STUNNING!!!!! wow...so beautiful!!!!!

simplestitches said...

wow, that's gorgeous!

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Beautiful.

Lorraine said...

Perfect! Love the way you have finished it.....great pic to display it as well.

Ila in SoDak said...

Fabulous! Congratulations!

Linda said...

GORGEOUS!!!! I love how you did your version!!!! Can't wait to see it quilted!