Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Sweet Pinwheel Quilt


































I sewed these blocks up last summer and left the top at this stage... the time for borders stage. Well, I have auditioned several fabrics for a plain border, thought about piecing a border, thought about a skinny border with a wide border... and have come to the conclusion that maybe this top doesn't need borders. Sometimes simple is better. Many antique quilts don't have borders and I think that if I bind this top with the that bright blue solid it will give it a nice frame. Right now it measures 61.5" square, which is a good size for one of my many nieces, so I think I will stop here. I just might have to piece a backing of scrappy blue and pink squares though... we will see.


And I wanted to say thank you for all the applique help with my dresden sunflowers. Some of you have posted your own sunflower projects and it has been fun to see the different varieties! I have decided to hand sew them down on the dark green, but I am going to machine sew the center circles onto the flowers because I like the decorative stitch that I used on my sample. That flower is supposed to go on a 6.5" square, but I cut my square 7" so a little more of the background shows. It might not be until the end of the summer before you see another photo, but I will be picking away at it as I have time!

11 comments:

Hanne said...

Lovely quilt Evelyn :-) I think it looks good as it is, without more borders. Hmmm - I have a little pile of sunflower petals here, cut but not sewn + a couple of finished flowers, without the inner circle - I wonder how it happened. Can I blame you ? ;-))

Vicky said...

Beautiful pinwheels! My friend, Jane, taught me that all quilts do not need borders, and this is definitely one of them! Your niece will love it!

Nice job!

The Calico Cat said...

Ya know, I really believe quilts tell us when they are done... I never feel bad about not bordering a quilt!

Mary said...

I think it looks fine without borders. I'm getting ready to make a king size 4 patch quilt and was just thinking that I might just make extra blocks and leave the border off.

Samantha said...

I think the blue binding will finish the quilt off in a lovely way!

Dawn said...

I love the colors - what a fun quilt! Yes, I would skip the border - I like it just the way it is!

Finn said...

I think you have hit on exactly the right solution. The pinwheels look perfect just as they are, and a blue binding will be perfect!

Sandra said...

I think just the blue binding would look great. I love quilts that have no borders! Your niece will love it :-) Oh, I see I've said the same thing as the previous comments - great minds think alike !! LOL

dot said...

This is nice. You have accomplished so much in such a short time. I enjoy looking at your quilts.

Darcie said...

Your pinwheels are so fresh and lively looking! I agree with you about the borders...or borderless quilts. Sometimes done is just *done!*

Linda_J said...

Looks done to me too! I hate putting on borders though in most cases unless the quilt really needs the finishing bits. Some DO need that design element.

Your sashing "holds it all" together in the first place. Very feminine quilt that will perfect for a young lady.