Sunday, July 1, 2007

While the Computer was Gone...

I pulled out this UFO - small assortment of random sized embroidered blocks with nature themes. Like so many things I was originally going to do so much more of these. And I like to embroider, so it could still theoretically happen that I would make more, but I just have this feeling that it's never going to and I would rather just do something with these.

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But what to do with them?? The fact of the different sizes complicates things, as does the fact that there are really so few blocks.

Fast forward a week, and this is what I came up with:

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I feel as though I really should have done one more block for the bottom right hand corner and it would be a lot more balanced, but it is what it is. It's roughly 38" square-ish. I like it. It was fun to mix the colors and see the effects, and four patches are such fun easy sewing.

Now - what to do for a border?? I could do no border, but I feel like it needs something. In fact, I feel like it needs to be calmed down a little. Any thoughts? I thought about a small red inner border with a checkerboard outer border. I thought about a plain red border or a plain write border. I thought a small inner border in a bright green with a red outer border. But I'm up for whatever - I just have to make up my mind.

While I'm thinking about that, I hopefully will get this borer sewn on:

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And here's this, officially a finished top:

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I'm glad to finally be making some progress on getting tops finished - I'm actually going to let myself start something soon-ish. Also, I've been playing around with my new machine, which has a walking foot if I can ever figure it out, so that might help me get some tops finished into quilts. But I'm still thinking I might need to send some out, which means finding someone to send them out to.

Someday I will not have as much time on my hands as I do now. But for now I do.

8 comments:

atet said...

What fun projects! I love your embroidered piece. Why not bring some of those yellow-oranges out into a scrappy inner border (irregular sized strips joined -- oranges and maybe going into the orange reds) and then possibly a solid print border in those lovely fall colors?

astrid said...

thanks for your nice comment on my blog. Because this is my first quilt I am really happy with a compliment from such an experienced quilter as yourself. I love your bright coloured quilts!

Feed Dog said...

I like the irregular sizes of the embroidery squares--it makes me think of an updated, colorful version of redwork.

Stefanie said...

I am new to your blog! I like how you use color, and will keep checking back to hear more about your embroideries.

Rose Marie said...

It's a great top and love how you placed the redwork for a modern look. The border will be tricky as you do need to tone it down just a tad and give the eye a place to rest. Looking forward to seeing what you do.

Rebel said...

oh wow! That embroidery-quilt is so beautiful! I love the way you linked together the pieces with the blocks. Very nice!

michael5000 said...

Nice! I love what you did with the emroidery blocks. Great use of color, and balance of symetry and asymetry.

And, I like the solution you decided on for the scrappy diamond, too.

You are having such a prolific season! I'm jealous....

Pieceful Afternoon said...

Again - a super job with colors and setting the embroidery blocks together. I love your work

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