Well, Now What?

Like many in the quilting world, I jumped on the Sew Splendid Sampler bandwagon last year.  I knew I wasn’t going to make the quilt as designed, because all I was really interested in was the pieced blocks.  And I had a box of 30s reproduction scraps that were begging to be played with. So, I started.  Then decided to make two of each blocks.  Then found some other blocks that I liked.  Then experimented with alternating blocks and designed one of those that seemed to work.  Then…


Well, now what?

There are 50 feature block (2 each of 25 different designs) and 49 alternating blocks.  The quilt as is will finish at 54″ x 66″.  Not too small, but not really bed-big.

I don’t think I want to make more blocks, but I am not in favor of just putting slabs of fabric on as borders.  Leave it alone?  Pieced borders?  Let it simmer and start a new project? (don’t laugh too loud, you know you have done that)

The black print in the Irish chain blocks will probably be the binding.


19 thoughts on “Well, Now What?

  1. I was going to suggest a narrow border of the black print used in the Irish Chain blocks and then maybe a wider border of either a print that ties everything together or something pieced?

  2. It is lovely. I agree with Pieceful Wendy. Keep it simple and let the quilt speak for itself. Looks like a lot of work to spoil it with a heavy border.

  3. I like it just as it is, maybe more blocks to make bigger and as for a border “NO” that would kill it. Bind it in the chain fabric,it is a lovely quilt.

  4. How would it look if you just carried out the chain for one more border leaving the alternate blocks neutral? This when I get out my EQ program and play! love the idea of using a stack of your thirties fabrics…I have a stash of those just waiting for the right project!

    1. I agree. I always like to see the Irish Chain finished in the border with half blocks, and I think it would be especially effective here. That doesn’t quite get to bed size (I’m thinking twin), but closer. I’d have to see that to consider what next.

  5. The best thing about letting something simmer is, you won’t touch it again til you’ve come up with some nifty idea to bring it to full fruition & that will make it super satisfying to the one doing the sewing. Looks great, thus far. Will patiently await the next installment. lol Have a very blessed day.

  6. I have recently used scrappy blocks to make prairie points. Everyone seems amazed to see that! And it’s easy–just fold the blocks, sew from behind, and quilt! LUV your work!!

  7. I suggest more blocks to make it longer for sure. Maybe make it one row wider No borders. Use the black for the binding and let the blocks shine. I agree about no slapping on borders. Miriam in hot Texas.

  8. I read everyone’s comments and I agree with Nancy, somewhat. You can make it a little bigger by bringing half-setting blocks alternating with half plain blocks. Then the setting blocks come out to finished points on the edge.

    I don’t know if you will feel, at that point, that the plain blocks are fine, or if you will want to put some pattern in them, but I think it would be better than doing nothing.

  9. Your quilt is beautiful. Perhaps an inner border of the white to “stop” the blocks and then some kind of a piano key border with the 30’s prints?

    I could see an undulating piano key border with the prints and white as looking like a swap without the applique (of course, if you are good with applique that’s an option too).

    Can’t wait to see what you decide.

  10. Wow, a lot of work but, really worth it for this lovely quilt! Can’t say why but, I would want to work the simple friendship star ( as a stacked single) around the whole outside of the quilt then the black binding…I would probably audition a few of the different colours for a scrappy thin inner border too. I think the star border would add movement…yet calmness.

  11. My thought was if you want a pieced Border of some kind, to do something like a row of blocks like the Irish Chain, or checkerboard. That is, in the black and white. And then bind it with the black. It’s a wonderful quilt!

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