Monday, March 22, 2010

The ugly quilt....or maybe not?!?

I finished the borders on MY Christmas quilt. I put a 1 1/2" chocolate inner border and 6" outer border on the top and bottom. I wanted it a little wider, not longer, so I put a 10" outer border at the sides. Looking straight on, the side borders are at the top and bottom of this pic. Fits nicely on my queen bed with the outer border flowing down the sides.
Even my clothesline sticks weren't long enough to get it off the ground, lol. I have the perfect backing and will use a thin cotton batt. For the quilting, I want to do a long stitch with Christmasy threads. Maybe a chocolate polka dot binding? I think I'm going to have fun with the whole process.

Have you ever planned a quilt in your head, like forever, and found "the" pattern? It just didn't work, darnit! I collected fabric with roses,  forever,  and used this awesome Moda Bella Dill. The pattern is from Quilts and More, Fall 2008, called High Light. Mary Pepper made the original with the Taxi collection from Timeless Treasures. The original quilt is awesome with blacks and whites and an electric really is, 65 1/2" x 84 1/2".

I have already made a black, white and yellow, so another was out of the question!  So, what do you think....does it need borders? What would you do?
I should introduce my biggest fans, Dakota the Paint and Jennifer the Burro. They are very cool.



  1. I love those quilts. I am not sure the rose one needs borders, it looks old worldly like it is. But may be a wide border in one of the florals used would work. Great to meet your fanss did they have any good advice.

  2. Oh how beautiful - that is one big quilt! A polka dot binding would be perfect!
    Love the rose quilt too - I would do a green border, then a big border of roses fabric.
    Love your black white and yellow quilt too!

  3. Your Christmas quilt is looking awesome Elaine and I love the idea of big stitch quilting (my favourite at the moment) and polka dot binding, it's going to look fabulous.
    The other I think that I would put some applique on the green strips, perhaps some hearts made from the rose fabric? Don't know whether that helps or not but you know I think applique heals all wounds don't you???? LOL!
    It's going to be great, don't give up on it, I really like it.
    Take care.

  4. Elaine, I found the disappearing 9 patch pattern. Thanks, Joanne Hall

  5. Those are not ugly quilts. I like them both.
    Maybe you could put a small green border on that matches what is on the top and then another border in florals. Just an idea.

  6. Thanks for your lovely comments about my kitchen. I'm loving your christmas quilt, very homely and comfortable looking. As for the rose one, they are lovely fabrics you've used, maybe some applique on the green to take it back a bit?