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Monday, 25 March 2019

Frustrating

Spent all of Saturday and some of Sunday in the sewing room.  Before I started the Bee Kind quilt top looked like:



After 1½ days work it looked like:



No, you're not going mad, I am.  I spent all of Saturday making borders using a pack of 5" squares from the same fabric range.  As I went along I checked how it all looked with photos, squinting, looking backwards with a mirror, everything seemed great.  Until I finished the final seam, put it back on the design boards and knew in about a third of a millisecond that it was coming off.  It looked so wrong that there are no photos, you can have a sneak peak at a section of border but I don't want a record of the whole thing.



It took all of Saturday to make and affix the borders, it took an hour on Sunday morning to remove them.

So this top is staying 62" square, it clearly does not want to be any larger . . .  that was a waste of a weekend, sigh.




14 comments:

  1. Oh, flip! Not a waste of time, however. If you hadn't tried it, you would never have known what it looked like. X

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    1. Good point Jules, but still frustrating to have sewn for much of the weekend and not have made any progress :-)

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  2. Some quilts just don't need a border. I know how frustrated you are with having to remove your hard work.

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  3. Dear Jayne
    How annoying for you. Some projects are like that though.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Hi Ellie, guess you understand from some of your art or felt work - this quilt did not want a border . . .
      I've had people look at me like I am completely bonkers {don't say it!!} when I've said something such as "the quilt will tell you what it wants" but it is true and on this occasion the quilt wanted to stay as it was. I sort of knew this, but was determined to press on. One day I might learn :-)

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  4. a shame you spent all that time doing something that you ended up undoing, however here's a suggestion - and feel free to give me a metaphorical slap as, like Manuel in Fawlty Towers, "I know nothing" - but I think it WOULD look better with a border. I think I can understand why the border you did looked so wrong as it was too much of the same fabric range, but less is more as they say so why not do a border of plain fabric in a pale colour?

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    1. No slaps Eunice, ever and you know far more than you think - it would look better with a border in order to contain and end the design (think of the difference between a framed picture and a print propped up on a wall). BUT, you've hit on the problem of using just one fabric range to make a quilt - it imposes restrictions. Normally I work on the "why use 20 fabrics if you can fit in 40" school of quilt design, it makes things easier, believe it or not!

      However, whilst you are right that a soft, pale border would probably look good, adding a new fabric at this stage would always look exactly what it was - something tagged on at the end. And I hate that. No, it's all folded up for a while so I can think about it.

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    2. Thinking about it sounds good Jayne. Variation on old Lancashire saying - "When in doubt do nowt" lol. I'm sure the right border will leap out at you eventually :)

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  5. Whoops, missed this post. Think I know how you feel. Done the same at times or else it sits for ages waiting for inspiration of some sort. It's still pretty whatever you decide on. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan💚. I'm having an "indoor day" today. In the mood to throw away old paperwork and have a good ol' sort out, but there will also be random wandering into the sewing room. Whilst I am half-concentrating on something else the answer to this quilt top will probably work itself out.

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  6. Can a generally silent admirer make a suggestion? How about 3 plain 'frames' one inside the other, using maybe the fabrics 2nd, 3rd, and 4th from the centre? Not too 'busy'?

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    1. Hello silent admirer {giggle}. Excellent suggestions but I am limited in the amount of fabric I have as this has been made from a couple of Jelly Rolls (another reason for ~not~ doing this in future!).

      Currently doing exactly what I told Eunice I did not want to do - got it pinned up auditioning some pale blue on one side and a pale grey on the other, neither are right but it's something to think about every time I walk past 😊

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  7. It's very pretty, hopefully you'll think of the perfect border for the quilt, it'd be a shame not to finish it now.

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