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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Borderless is Decisionless

The Country Cottage quilt top is finished, but not without much too much time spent trying to come up with a border that I like.  Yes, there is much to be said for a borderless quilt, for the simple reason that no time is wasted trying to come up with one.  If now you are thinking, "gee, what did Joanna finally create?"  Yes, what spectacular border did I finish with? 
 How's that for simple?
 This really is a beautiful quilt top.  I ordered a blue wide backing for it, and as soon as it arrives I'll start the quilting.  
 I had spotted a log cabin border that I loved, but it took me too long to make the sample block, so I ditched that idea.  However, I have to try it on something because it is a beautiful border.
Then I tried big flying geese, but they were just too large.

 Then I saw this in a Thimbleberries book, Quilting for Harvest.  The border is really flying geese set side by side.  I love this look.
 

  This border is just two fabrics, the green and blue.  I didn't have enough fabric, but this is another border I like and want to use in the future.

While I was looking for ideas for borders, I found this in the same Lynette Jensen book, and I think it's going to be my next Let's Book It project.  It'll be nice to work on an autumn project during our next heat wave due this week.  
  I have butterfly bushes and phlox that attract butterflies every year, and this year there seem to be quilt a few visiting them.  The other day there was one with beautiful blue spots, but I didn't get a picture. 




I didn't plant this sunflower, but it grew from a seed from last year's flower.
 Sometimes it pays not to  keep an overly neat yard.



I've fallen behind on some of my qal's, but even a not perfect garden requires attention and the grass just keeps on growing.  
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
God Bless You.

5 comments:

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Sometimes simple is the best way to go when in a quandry over borders. I need to get more creative with them - maybe that will help with my hatred for borders. We have some 'stray' sunflowers that popped here and there from chipmonks hoarding dropped seeds from the feeders. And we have had a lot of butterflies like never before - so enjoy watching them flit flower to flower.

Dolores said...

Your choice of border is perfect. Have fun with your next project - just in time for fall. I too noticed butterflies about. I missed them in previous years and I'm glad your garden brought you some surprises.

Susan Smith said...

I think the simple border sets the quilt off perfectly, as your attention is focused on the lovely stitcheries. Well done. I've a buddleia up the back and can't wait to see the flowers and if it attracts butterflies to our garden. We've just started to mow the grass after a very cold winter when it didn't do much at all. Enjoy the warmth for now as it's autumn tomorrow. Take care.

QuiltSue said...

It may be simple, but it is definitely effective. Too much detail would have drawn the attention away from the blocks I think, so, to me, you made absolutely the right decision.

Lesley said...

Your border is perfect for the quilt! The little houses look very happy surrounded by that wonderful blue fabric. Well done and looking forward to seeing it quilted!