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Yesterday was one of those beautiful fall days that I wanted to be outside. Not working in the yard but enjoying and sitting. I gathered some hand sewing and a cup of coffee and went outside and sat on the deck to do just that. It turned out just like I expected it would, I was able to spend some time alone on a beautiful day enjoying the breeze and the sunshine. This morning started out differently. It's overcast and has the potential to rain. My coffee pot has been on the fritz and this morning I was not getting my singleserving of coffee made with ease. You know how it is when you just want to go through the motions and move along with your routine without interruption.
Not to be for me, I had to take a detour if I wanted to get that cup of coffee. After starts and fixes I did get my cup of coffee but I am out of sorts by the time I came to my quiet area to enjoy it and welcome the day. So now I'm sitting here trying to get back into the groove of that routine, where I sort of ease into the day and not feel like I started it with problem-solving. I've noticed a few people's routines proceeding normally, at least it seems to me. I heard the dull sound of a moped engine roaring by a few minutes ago. Downstairs I hear the sound of the hair dryer as my husband is finishing up his routine. Outside the window I hear crows cawing and see nothing but stillness in the wooded area behind our home. Slowly slowly I am leaving the frustrations behind and finding my way back to the early-morning quiet and time for reflection. It's been difficult not to get carried away with aggravation and frustration and have it spillover into my morning or even into my full day. But even though my day did not began just as I wanted, I'm trying to switch gears so that's the way my day turns out in the end. Just as I Wanted.
Today we remember, grieve, and pray for all who perished in the attacks on 9/11.
I have visited the memorials at the Pentagon and in Shanksville Pennsylvania. I am planning to visit the new memorial in New York City in October. If you ever have the opportunity I highly recommend visiting these sites.
I decided to reconsider my border idea for my quilt that I've been working on since March. Even though I said I didn't want to take on the work of piecing more stars, I decided to see if it was really that much work. I mentioned in the original post that there were stars on the edge that were incomplete and I thought the best choice would be to complete those stars out into the border. So I laid out my quilt and realized that I would only need to make 18 half star blocks in order to follow that plan. So I checked my fabric supplies, determined how I would piece them, and set out to make a few half star blocks with border pieces of fabric in between them. And guess what?
It's not that big of a deal to do and looks great! Here's a photo of the border pieces as they would be once added to the quilt. I think it really gives the quilt a finished look now and removes the abrupt stop that was visually there when the stars were incomplete on the edge. So back to the machine I go for more piecing but I know I will be much happier with this border then I would have been had I just added a three or four inch wide blue strip all around the quilt! So this border design will be my work for September and I'll still be done by October 1! I guess my better judgment nagged at me to do the right thing.
I picked up my quilt from the quilter yesterday and I am very pleased with it!
It was done on a Gammill machine in a circular pattern. I posted both a photo of the full quilt as well as a close-up. Click on the photos to get a larger view. Now I just have to bind the edges and I will have another quilt to add to my collection.
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!