It’s fall! Finally! We’ve had a very warm fall with temperatures near record highs on a lot of days…which makes it hard to square that Thanksgiving is almost upon us, Christmas is right behind it and 2017 is knocking on the door.
Fall is my favorite time of the year…but creatively it’s an odd space for me. It’s a time of the year when I am both finishing up 2016 projects and looking forward to a bright, shiny new year with all the twinkle and glitter associated with new projects to begin. While I’m tempted to begin new things, I keep telling myself, “No!” I need to finish up the Christmas gifts, need to finish up the last few things and get them sent out to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. But those new projects…and all the sites with all the new fabrics and new patterns and the sites with all the neat embroidery designs do still glitter and beckon.
There’s a little bit of stress at this time of year too because…well…Christmas is right around the corner and people will expect gifts under the tree. Years ago I used to manage to make all of the kids quilts one year and all of the adults quilts the next year…but those days have deserted me. Either I’m not as productive as I used to be or I’m giving more away to charity than I used to give away or the family has gotten bigger…. In reality, I think it is a bit of all of these. Now that I work and have 18 cats to take care of I don’t have as much time to quilt as I did when I didn’t work and didn’t have so many cats. I don’t think I’m giving more to charity–though maybe when you add in the crocheted items. The family has definitely grown as the children who used to get quilts every other year have grown up and now have children of their own.
This year’s handmade gifts include quilts for my great nieces Livy and Addy. I’ve finished Addy’s quilt except for hand stitching the binding and applying a label. You can see Addy’s quilt here. I’ve finished the blocks for Livy’s quilt which are pictured above. I will be laying the blocks out side by side…3 across and 4 down…though I do know that some are pointed the wrong direction in the picture above. 🙂 I would like to make some kind of border for the quilt and would also like to piece the back. I have some bits of fabric leftover from the quilt leftover and I bought some other fabrics that I think go well with the quilt with the intention of making a border.
I’m not sure just what I’ll do for a border yet, but I have played around a bit in EQ7 and have come up with these potential ideas.
Though it is simple, I really like this one.
I like this one too…though it is a bit more busy…and may be too busy for the quilt.
I think this peaked border does a good job of framing the quilt without being too busy. I wasn’t sure about color though…pink…blue…random?
Here it is in pink with blue cornerstones.
Here it is random. It’s pretty…and on a different quilt I think I’d like it better…but it’s a bit busy for this one.
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