Monday, December 07, 2009

Design wall Monday……

After a long absence, I’m back. I had my knee replaced in October and have been busy with physical therapy and such. Things are coming along nicely, generally a much better experience than I anticipated.

Now to the important stuff……….I finally got back into the sewing room! I started working on the last few borders of my Bear in the Farmhouse Quilt and was hoping to get the top finished this week. I saw that JudyL has another Bear/Farmhouse on her design wall, and when the backing that I had ordered for this quilt arrived this morning, I took it as an omen to get this puppy finished and posted.

In an effort to get a picture and be able to post before it would have to be Design Wall Tuesday, I grabbed my hubby and eldest son (grumble grumble)to hold the quilt for me. Not the best way to show off a quilt, but now that it is finally off the design wall and ready for quilting, I’m happy. The color is not great, the purples are showing up as blue and the dark borders aren’t black but a dark purple with a lighter purple design on it. Better color can be seen on my March 24 posting. Yes, it has been on the design wall since March! Just waiting on the borders……..

What is it about bears in farmhouse quilt top 004borders?? Does anyone else have a problem getting the borders done. It is not the process, I can do them, I just put off doing them. Why is that? I have two other quilts sitting next to the machine waiting for their borders, too. I hope to finish at least one of those this week. It needs 3 plain borders. I’d like to get that last one finished too, but that one is just for me, so I think that I may shift my focus to the pile of finished tops and try to get a couple of them quilted.

Speaking of borders, JudyL designed Bear in the Farmhouse with borders that were striped fabric and mitered . I haven’t done any mitered borders in at least 10 years, so I had to dig out a quilting book and refresh my memory. I really enjoyed it, much easier than I remembered. Thanks for the challenge, Judy!

7 comments:

Kare said...

Oh Gail, your Bears in the Farmhouse Quilt is gorgeous! Great job.

Myra said...

Awesome job! Love that pattern! Great fabrics! 8-)
Happy stitchings!

Howdy said...

Ahhh Borders! My experience with borders is usually "I haven't met a border I can't screw up!" LOL Your quilt looks lovely! I actually have a hard time finishing the ones with plain borders... I think I'd prefer the pieced borders as it's more like making more blocks than slapping a slab o'border on.

sewprimitive karen said...

Hope you are having an excellent recuperation, Gail. The Bears in the Farmhouse quilt is wonderful. Once a quilt starts getting big, I start not enjoying working on it until the binding stage, phewie.

Gari said...

I love your pieced border. It looks great set inside the plain ones. I have only done one pieced border and although it turned out well, I haven't tried it again. Maybe I will.....

Quilter Kathy said...

I detest borders too! It's boring and annoying. I'd rather be piecing blocks or machine quilting.

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

What a beautiful quilt. And ... Welcome back! I drag my feet on borders also and then when I finally do them, I think "well, that wasn't so bad". And then I do it again.