Tuesday, July 6, 2010

One Mystery solved and another revealed

My proposed layout for the Mystery Quilt is what Judy had already designed, so I am happy!  She put on three borders but I've not yet decided if I will do all three--mostly because I am just barely gonna squeak by with enough of the red fabric if I do the two borders.  Playing it by ear--I guess that is a mystery still!

Erica's quilt top is complete.  I actually got this together last Sunday but haven't had a chance to get a full sized photo, so y'all will have to imagine it from these pics:
This is a big quilt!  It is nearly 90 inches square.  The binding is the same suede, cut at 4 inches wide, which is a bit alarming.

This one shows the texture of the silk and the suede better, as well as the color.  In foraging for something else in one of my quilting supplies drawer I came across a stencil with fleur de lis, which will be perfect for this border.  Erica loves that emblem.  I bought this and a bunch of other stencils at Tuesday Morning for super cheap, some years ago, but haven't used them.  I have a fear of marking quilts, I guess,  and really need some help with that!
And now, my brilliant idea for the back of the quilt:  I want to take this pile of pretty leftovers and this pile of bonus triangle squares from the flying geese and make Erica's initials as a big block.
See where she has signed off on this idea?  It's a lot of sewing but I think I have the math worked out.  I'll do a sample block before I cut for all--they will be 9" squares/rectangles so it will be a big block!  I think it will be a fun addition to the back, perhaps medallion style like the front. I'm excited about it and--fingers crossed--it will turn out as well as I envision.  Stay tuned...divine or disaster, I will reveal all!

12 comments:

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

Oooh...I LOVE pieced backings :0) Thanks for stopping by; I've enjoyed reading through some of your recent posts. And yes...Judy's mystery was lovely :0)

julieQ said...

OH, pretty! That is a big quilt...it will be just right.

*karendianne. said...

Oh Wow! That's magical. What a treasured quilt this is going to be and with that back... oh friend. I love this. Again, magical. Much love to your inspiration.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Oh my goodness... Ive never seen suede used in a quilt (maybe I just dont get out much? ) Love the fact E is signing off on your creative genius.

But you WILL take pics of the finished product right because I'm dying to see it in all it's glory.

Cynthia L. said...

Using her initials on the back is such a great idea! My mind wouldn't be able to wrap around all of the math! Can't wait to see the finished quilt. What a wonderful gift you are giving her.

Vivian said...

Brave lady, mixing fabrics in a quilt -- and it's going to be spectacular, I'm sure.
Love the idea of a pieced back with initials. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing photos of it when it's done.

belinda said...

Woo Hoo...that is going to be 'sum' quilt there!! I LOVE pieced backs and you are wise to draw out your sketch first....smart quilter!

I'm also anxious to see your Mystery quilt layed out AND finished!!1

Quilter Kathy said...

You were right about the layout! Love your idea about the backing for this quilt!

Kathie said...

looks great what I can see!
oh my that stencil looks beautiful its one I would love to use on my quilts too! good luck and keep us posted.
can't wait to see the back of the quilt when your done
Kathie

imquilternity said...

The quilt, what I can see of it, looks wonderful. I love the color combination! You are certainly industrious...that backing will be like making a second quilt top, but it will be gorgeous and appreciated, I'm sure.

Stephanie D. said...

What a clever idea!

Sew Many Ways... said...

This will be divine. I can't wait to see the finished quilt!!