Monday, February 27, 2006
Hop Hop - on Momma's Quilt Like A Kangaroo!
Is it any wonder that I put off putting borders on? When a quilt top is to the border stage - it is a sure sign to Little Boy that he can do a Happy Dance on the top! Just to test out any bias edges, you know? And no, there are no pins on that top, so don't worry.
As you can see - I am making progress on the Stars and Cars quilt, which I first blogged about on January 28th. Now all the blocks are sashed and since this photo was taken, 3 narrow orange borders have been added. Next up, the wider green borders (which is the background color). And then... well, I don't have any more fabric suitable for the final border so guess I will have to hit some quilt shops when I get back to the US.
I had a bit of a quandry with this top - the red sashing fabric and star points is this super fab Moda with stars. I just love it! I had just a TINY bit too little fabric for the sashing. TINY. The trouble was - the fabric is 44" wide with a large white selvage so you can read all the design information in large print (whatever happened to the small print?). I needed to cut the sashings 11" and according to the directions and hence the yardage requirements, I should have been able to get 4 sashing pieces, all 11" in length from a strip. Humm. With a little thinking, I figured on using 1/4" of the selvage (I never use a selvage, but really wanted to use this fabric! I can hide the 1/4" of white in a seam) and cut each piece a BIT shorter than the 11". So, the posts don't line up exactly - they are each off by about 1/8", but guess what? I don't think anyone will really notice and it was a small price to pay in order to use the fabric that I really wanted to use! My point? Fabric widths vary! Always buy more fabric than what the pattern calls for. You can always use the extra in your next scrap quilt, but I would rather have a bit too much than a bit too little.
And, just so you know - as I blogged about originally, Little Boy still doesn't want this quilt. He wants me to give it to one of his cousins, who just happens to love to play with him and shares all his favorite cars and trucks when we visit. Now, you might think that this is a perfect solution, and it is... except - that once I give a quilt to one of my nephews, that leaves my other TWENTY nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews out in the cold! And that count doesn't include DH's side of the family. Did I ever mention that I am from a BIG family??? Grin!