Monday, February 13, 2012

Design Wall Monday--Feb 13, 2012

There is nothing on my design wall today because over the weekend I completed two tops, hooray!  There was a lot of getting up and down, sewing short seams, getting up and down, ironing, measuring, pin marking, and sewing long seams.  Okay, obviously I was adding borders:

Three borders to my UFO pick for this month, Judy's Mystery Quilt.  It's big--finishes at 72 x 96.  I had to have Grant assist me again from the stair landing.

Extra care was necessary to make the directional print go the same way all the way around.  I love the way this looks.  Those are 2", 1" and 3" finished borders.  I spent a great deal of Saturday working on this job in between chores and announcing the winner of my blogaversary.

Bricks and Stepping Stones got more attention Sunday.  For the inner border, I was testing either the white or the black and called son Nick over for his opinion.  He looked carefully and then said, "You can never go wrong with black."  He was right--it was the best choice. 

This dark teal print helps bring focus to the brighter teal blues within the center.  I'm really pleased that these choices worked out.  I also got through all the pinwheel blocks being used as my leader-enders. See more Design Walls on Judy's Patchwork Times

17 comments:

Vicki said...

Pretty quilt tops, Annie. I tend to miss the directional print until I cut it, and then there isn't enought and then there isn't any at the store... Looks great.

marcella said...

You really got a lot accomplished! Both tops look really nice. Great choices on the border fabrics.

carol fun said...

You were quite productive this weekend. Both of these are great looking quilts. I like the different border sizes on the mystery quilt. I never think to do something like that but it is a great design element.

Stephanie said...

Terrific choices for your borders.

Dawn said...

Fabulous borders and finishes!
Good for you - I bet it feels great.

Pokey said...

Two great choices on your borders, it is wonderful how neatly they become frames on art pieces. I like the black, too ~
:-}pokey

Nanette Merrill said...

I really love the mystery quilt.

mtnquiltr said...

Both beautiful quilt tops and lovely fabric choices. I specially like the red and green fabrics for your first quilt's borders.

Vivian said...

Your border choices are great finishes to both projects. A friend gave a talk at guild or during a class about widths of borders. Till that talk, I just sliced borders randomly with no planning. You did exactly what she suggested.
We may not know why we like a border, but our minds love borders that repeat the width of prominent parts of the blocks, and borders that are multiples of each other also please the mind. The 2-1-3 proportion on your first quilt is a perfect example of that.
Well done, Annie. You had a great weekend.

Sarah said...

I'm impressed - you finished two gorgeous quilts in one weekend! Your border selections were spot on.

Shay said...

Two flimsy finishes. You're on fire girl !

They both look fabulous.

scraphappy said...

Two completed tops in a single weekend? Congratulations! They both look great too. The borders were the perfect finishing touches.

Jeanne said...

What a successful week-end for you! My favorite is the Stepping Stones quilt. Black is perfect for the inner border.

Kate said...

Wow lots going on in your sewing room. Love the boders you picked for both quilts, they really frame the center blocks well.

rubyslipperz said...

I LUV the Bricks and Stepping Stones...did you find that pattern somewhere? Or is it your design?

hugZ,
annie
anniesrubyslipperz.com

Denise :) said...

Annie, your Mystery Quilt is just beautiful! Your piecing is incredible. And I'm loving the colors in your Bricks and Stepping Stones! :)

Quilter Kathy said...

Great job on border choices...love both of these quilts!