Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January's Lovely Finish

Sometimes, less is more.

Sometimes, several failed attempts will lead you to the answer.   And that's how it was when I was auditioning borders for this quilt.

Here's the first attempt.  I didn't have to go any further before it seemed clear to me it would pull too much attention away from the main dish–the hand pieced sunflower blocks.

After trying several others, I realized that less is more and that I liked the quilt with it's narrow checkerboard, just as it is.


To complete this top, I had to draft a block pattern for the one I couldn't find when I pulled out this Block of the Month from 2010, make those blocks, bring some order to this visual cacophony of color and cats in deciding upon an arrangement, and decide on borders and make them.

I'm linking to the Lovely Finishes party ... and thinking about what to choose for a February finish.

To make Melissa and Shanna super happy, my January goal-setting post is here.

18 comments:

Jane Holbrook said...

The border seems just right to me. That is a busy quilt with lots of warmth, and it needed an active border. Love how it frames and yet doesn't pull your eye outward, but rather keeps you looking in at the glorious flowers. Nice work.

QuiltSwissy said...

The border is perfect for it. there i just enough movement and color, but not too much

Jill @ I Rather Quilt said...

I agree. The sunflowers stand on their own. May I make a suggestion since I see black or another dark fabric in what was to be a border. Perhaps do the binding in black?

Sandy said...

I think you made the right decision. It looks great.

Jo said...

Wow! Good decision, your top is just right. Congrats on drafting a block to finish it. Well done!

Béa said...

Wonderful Sophie, I love it ! XXX

Barbara said...

I agree. Beautiful quilt!

Ольга Т. said...

Очень красиво! Ярко, сочно, радостно.

Terri said...

Your border is perfect for the quilt! I LOVE this quilt Sophie!

Kathryn said...

I love that despite all the colors and various designs, there is still a bit of order with the groupings of 3 blocks of similar design. A very exciting quilt Sophie.

desertskyquilts said...

Yep, I think that's just about perfect. Wonderful color spot for a winter day!

Gina said...

THe quilt is stunning and the border really suits it xx

Pam said...

Great Job! Love all the bright colors, and agree with your choice not to add another border. Recently have had several conversations about whether an addition to a quilt draws your eyes in or out. Interesting design questions.

Melinda said...

It is a lovely finish. Sometimes you just have to stop and let the quilt tell you when it is done. Good listening!

Christa Hitchcock said...

Love this quilt....an explosion of color, and then you look closer, and the blocks are all different, each one more interesting than the last. Fantabulous!!!

Patti said...

What a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on all that work.

Kris said...

Love the border.

Alyx Patterson said...

Wow... that is stunning. Congratulations on your finish. I absolutely agree with you on the border, it is perfect the way it is!

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