Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pink Pinwheels

I'm still going strong on finishing up my old UFO's.  I just run out of time to get them posted here!  The trouble is that I am taking most of my photos with my iPhone, and they take HUGE pictures (file size) and I have to import them into another place to resize them to make them work on the web, or you would be half the day downloading them. Well, maybe not half the day, but more than you would like!

So, here is Pink Pinwheels. I taught this as a class and we used the QuiltSmart fusibles (this one was called Black Eyed Susans--but my pink made them look more like pinwheels) to make the pinwheels. Awesome way to do this block.  But I set  it aside..ahem...4 years ago!! Because I thought I would want to do a special border on it and couldn't decide. So into the thinking bin it went and left it there.


Pink Pinwheel top

So, I sketched out a border design that I was sure would be awesome. Made the paper pieced patterns to make it easy on myself. 

Border design sketch and pp pattern

Made the first piece of the border (the bottom would have been a mirror image) and 
DID. NOT. LIKE. IT. 
I just love the thought of it, but it was not working for me on this quilt. Sheesh, back to square one. I hauled out all sorts of fabrics. Pinks, blacks, white on black, black on white and the only one that fit was a pink one that had flowers that sort of looked like the pinwheels.  

Pink Pinwheel Border trial

I tried adding a small little border in between the top and bigger border. Nope. Didn't work either. So after all that, I ended up with a plain border out of one fabric! And it waited 4 years! Yowsa! I need to get better on that one! LOL
Pink Pinwheels

Pink Pinwheel Back

I lucked out and had a piece of fabric large enough for the back. All that figuring on the front wore my brain out for the week and I relished the thought of doing a plain back. I know, not my style. 

Back to quilting....


5 comments:

Elizabeth Curtis said...

I remember staring at that quilt on the wall for days during a retreat and trying to decide if I was skilled/brave enough to tackle it. I didn't, but it is still a favorite of mine! Turned out fantastic and the boarder works perfectly!

ruthsplace said...

It's a lovely quilt and the border you've chosen really sets it off.

Love, love, love the backing fabric.

VeeV said...

the backing fabric is perfect!!
great work!
xo
eva

VeeV said...

oops..
the backing fabric is perfect!!
great work!
xo
eva

Vicki W said...

I am always stymied by the border. Almost all of my UFOs are borderline quilts. As you have proven, simple is often best! It's a really cute quilt.