Bordering on

Well hello folks!  Long time no see, did you have a good Christmas and New Year? I’ve been thinking about you all and how rude of me it was not to wish you seasons greetings, so let me wish you all a very happy and healthy new year! 2014 already, can you believe it?

I had yet another bout of illness in the run up to the festivities and seem to have spent rather a lot of time sleeping, even picking up a needle and thread was exhausting and I couldn’t concentrate on anything. I felt like I had nothing to show or share and just hid away from the world. Things seem to be becoming clearer now though and I feel like a little hedgehog coming out of hibernation, my little nose just sniffing the air around me…like something out of Beatrix Potter! It feels lovely to be thinking of old and new friends again and I look forward to hearing what you’ve been up to very much.

Grandma's Flower Garden quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014  www.DawnChorusStudio.com

Time for borders

As for me, I’ve been thinking about a couple of sewing promises I made to myself in 2013, projects I intended to finish. The two main ones on my agenda were to finish the two quilt tops in the photo above and, despite a lot of illness last year, I’m pleased that although they’re not finished they’re pretty close!

Summer Blues quilt top, © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorusstudio.com

Summer Blues double bed quilt

My Summer Blues nine patch quilt now has flying geese borders around three sides and the final border is put together ready to go on as soon as I have some stamina!

Half square triangles in the corner of a quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorustudio.com

The border goes on

I’d run out of fabric to make the border so had to buy more, but was lucky enough to still find some in the same designs that I bought when I started this quilt 4 or more years ago! It’s a great way to tie in the border with the nine patch squares, but in true scrappy style there are new fabrics in there too, like that golden yellow for example.

9 patch quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorustudio.com

The border tucked into the end of the bed

I love the way the border looks at the end of the bed. Once it’s quilted (er, in another 4 years?!?!) I plan to bind it with a plain, off-white like the sashing. I think my favourite part of the border is the little half-square-triangle nine-patch corners – I love them!  I made them up from the small triangular scraps I had left over after cutting out the flying geese. How do you make your flying geese units? I made mine with two squares and a rectangle so that I didn’t have to stitch along a cut bias. They’re not perfect but they’ll do just fine – I just want to get this quilt finished so I can move on to some more interesting designs. One of this year’s sewing goals is to start and finish the hand quilting! So my motto is going to be ‘keep it simple’…

Half square triangles in the corner of a quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorustudio.com

Half square triangles in for the border corners

Another goal is to get this hand sewn English paper pieced grandma’s flower garden quilt finished too. Originally it was going to be a lap quilt, but now I think I’ll add some deep appliqué borders so that it fits comfortably on a double bed. I’ve  finished a row of black hexies right round the outside edge and have started to add a colourful row of prints. My plan is to then add another row of black before adding the border. I don’t know what the appliqué will be like yet, but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try on a larger scale and there’s so much inspiration out there. Have you seen Kim McLean’s work? It’s fantastic and on her blog Glorious Applique she has some great tutorials for the needle turn appliqué method if you fancy giving it a go.

Grandma's flower garden quilt top. © Stephanie Boon, 2014 www.dawnchorustudio.com

Grandma’s flower garden

What’s on your list for the coming months? Anyone else out there working on some borders? I’d love to hear about them if you are!

Happy new year :)

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6 comments to Bordering on

  • Amy

    Love the black background! I forget how great a black background looks with bright colors!

  • The Sassy Quilter

    Wow, Stephanie! I love the nine patch. The flying geese borders add so much dimension to a quilt. I wish I spent more time on my borders and didnt get lazy at the end:) The flower garden looks great too. These are some great goals and I bet you will get them done! Glad you are feeling better and Happy New Year:) It had been so nice getting to know you this past year.

  • Ann

    So glad you’re up and about again. Delightful flying geese border and good corner idea. I do like borders. They look so good on the side of the bed upon entering the room.
    Funny, I’m planning to try an appliqué border, too. They always look so lovely and I need some handwork this year.

  • Amy

    Stumbled upon your blog through a tutorial I found on Pinterest. Love the gfg with black. That’s on my to do list. And are those Kaffe fabrics on the 9 patch?

    • Hi Amy, thank you! There are quite a lot of KF fabrics on the 9-patch, but not exclusively. His designs do tend to be high on my list of favourites though and I seem to snaffle them in everywhere!! Good luck with gfg :)

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