Stars meet Hexagons ( my version of the quilt from the book 'Promenade in a Dutch Garden')
The centre is finished and all papers removed. Now for the outer border.
First I stitched on a 6 inch solid border in a dark beige/ light tan shade.
I love the antique Dutch quilt on which this pattern was based - with its amazing applique border. Here is a picture from the book.
I pulled out some red fabrics (toiles and florals) to see if I could maybe, perhaps, give a broderie perse applique border a try - but it wasn't working for me. So what to do?
I fussy cut the fabrics and prepped 1 inch English Paper Pieced hexagons - the same size used in the centre of my quilt top.
...and made some 'daisy chains'. I'm sure you can guess where this is going. Hopefully there will be more to show next post.
Meanwhile I have really enjoyed hand quilting my Four Block Applique quilt - and true Christmas colours there.
Here is the quilt with all outline hand quilting done - around every applique shape. In this light my thoughts are "not nice, not nice at all - definitely more quilting needed!"
Adding some centre grid work to the blocks:
Adding parallel lines on the background. For this I am marking only by scoring the fabric - it shows up beautifully in the hoop and disappears under the stitches.
I've discovered I can download library audio books onto my ipad and listen as I stitch - what a fabulous free service ! I can hand applique, hand piece or knit while watching TV - but I just cannot hand quilt and watch. So the audio books are perfect.
A friend and I had a do-it-yourself Christmas Card workshop at my house - hoping for a patchwork look with fabric and stitching. It was lots of fun but I'll not be making a business of it - strained my creativity to the very limit!
Here is Benjamin Biggs Wedding quilt Block 11.
Yep - that looks a lot like Christmas too ?!
The end of year get-togethers have started - always nice to round-up and catch-up with family. Hope you are enjoying the Season !