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Here's my finished quilt top for this project we've been working on since March. It's so great to see it all together after five months of piecing the blocks and now finally piecing the blocks into the full quilt. Our plan was to have our quilts ready to be quilted on October 1, so we have one month to get it ready to go.
The question for me that remains is to decide if I will place a border on my quilt.
I made this top from a kit and it did not include a border in the pattern. My personal view is that it needs a border. Without one it seems incomplete when I look at it, as if the maker just got tired of the whole project. Your opinion may differ.
A border will definitely bring the design to an end visually. No border will not limit the view of it visually, although the blocks on the edges all around the quilt are incomplete. Probably the best border would be one that completes the stars that are on the edges. However I am not interested in adding more work to this quilt to do that so I'm going to add a 4 inch wide border of a solid color all around the quilt.
I'm thinking I will use a medium tone blue fabric. I suppose I am choosing this color because all of the stars are in that range of color.
If you've been working on this project the end is very close in sight! On October 1 the entire top will be completed and it will be time to either take it to someone to quilt it for you or quilt it yourself, either by hand or machine. If you are taking it to someone I hope you've contacted them and arranged to take your top to them in October.
Good luck finishing as we close in on the end of this project!
Right now I'm sitting in my studio on Friday early afternoon and it has begun to rain. More than a drizzle but not a downpour, just a gentle rain and I can hear it hit the leaves on the trees. I'm sitting by the window which is wide open because finally we are free of intense humidity and I can feel the breeze. Suddenly I am overwhelmed with the smell of the earth and all the natural elements in the woods. It is the cleanest most rich and fresh scent and it made me stop and look outside. In my mind I thought of the colors ochre and brown and green. I thought of decaying trees and vegetation and all the aliveness that is happening on the woodland floor. It seems I needed to be right here at this moment to capture that smell which made me stop and pay attention to the present moment. The smell is less intense now as the rain continues to fall. But that first comingling of rain water and earth created a beautiful moment.
You may be familiar with the snowball quilt block pattern and here is a quilt top using the snowball block I made within the past year. I finally took it off to a long arm quilter a few weeks ago and selected a pattern of different size circles to be quilted on it. I'll be sure to post a photo of the completed quilt when I get it back. I believe the measurements are about 68 x 85 or so.
Here's the tapestry I'm weaving now, teaching myself to mix colors. My idea is to start with two colors at the bottom, then blend the colors, then separate them again before they encounter other colors and blend with them and so on. The challenge is simple to think about but does require planning in the design process at least for me. I'm creating a dark background of greens and browns to highlight the movement and changes of the colors.
I am pretty happy with the progress I've made on my tapestry loom project. I have only about an inch more of weaving to do, then the size will be 12" x 12" which is the completed size I wanted. I will probably mount it on a framed canvas for hanging. You don't see about 2 inches of the bottom of the tapestry in the photo because it has been turned under as I advanced the warp.
I have improved my work as I've done this one and I am very pleased with the colorful design. There is plenty of warp left on the loom after I finish this with the hem so I will probably start another tapestry on the remaining warp. I don't know what I will weave next but I am thinking about a two color weaving design.
Friday afternoon was one of those times that I just felt like painting fabric. I suppose after concentrating on piecing a quilt and designing my tapestry I wanted a little freeform play. I keep some white duck fabric on hand for just these times so I got out my paints and started to play. I painted a few pieces but here's a photo of one of my favorites.
I started with squirting paint from a squirt bottle and then moved to my foam brushes and other colors. I painted it in this rectangular orientation but when it was dry I rotated it and was surprised to see an image of a red tree! So here's the quilt I created of my little red tree.
It's 8 x 8" and I believe I'll mount it on a 10 x 10" canvas.