Thursday, April 28, 2011

Some Clarification and An Amazing New Top Finished

OK, OK, lest you all think I am some kind of smarty I am not!  I get the feeling from some of the comments that you all think I *use* that formula to do my borders.  HAHAHAHA!!!  NO!  What I was trying (apparently not all that successfully) to point out is that most of us probably lay our borders out until it is pleasing to our eye.  (Or at least I do) and what I wanted you to know/learn is that oddly enough that is probably the Golden Ratio at work!!!  It was an interesting fun fact to know and tell, that's all!!  Thanks for thinking me so smart!  I chortled as I read the comments.

Some of you told me that you just use a predetermined border for a variety of reasons.  I find that
I am happier when I *listen* to my quilts.  Say what??  Yes I look at the quilt, really listen with my whole being and believe it or not, the quilt will *tell* me what it needs to have done to be the best quilt it can be!  No I am not the Quilt Whisperer and you can stop laughing at me now!!  Sheesh.  For instance, I can tell you about it with the top I just put together last night.

I joined a group of people that wanted to make a baby quilt for a special woman having her first baby.  The block style chosen was an improv style and with 30 people participating, using rainbow colors we got 5 blocks in 6 colors.  I volunteered to put the quilt together.  But how?  I tried many layouts.  With each one I stood back and looked at it.  I tried out different sashing colors, but no, didn't like any of them.  Finally I settled on a layout that I loved!!  It reminded me of like when you go to the eye doctor and they put those lens machines in front of you and keep changing it and ask you "Better 1 or 2?" "3 or 4?"  I kept changing it up and asking "better like this? or that?"  I settled on this one:
Project Special Delivery quilt top 004
It's funny though, whenever I have to work with rainbow anything I *have to* put it in rainbow order. Do you do that?? You know ROYGBIV? But I switched it up by choosing which blocks I wanted down the center, I think it makes the more obvious ROYGBIV less obvious.I am totally in love with this quilt top.  I am waiting for two more blocks for the back, and will make the label into an improv block too.  I am a little nervous about making this back (this entire quilt if the truth be told actually).  I can't say who it is for yet but when it is finished and I know it has been received you will understand why I feel so much pressure about how this quilt will turn out.

So there you have it.  Keepin it real and tellin you how I struggle to find the best look for each and every one of my quilts!  This is another reason I love reading other's blogs.  I may see something I can use that I had not thought of before!  I hope you find things here that give you those same "Aha" moments too.  Well, off to make some binding, I understand my LCQAL quilt is done and will be coming to me tomorrow.  Have a great night!  ~XOP~


Impera Magna said...

Love that quilt top... the blocks are gorgeous!!!

Yes, I am also one of those folks who has to put colors in rainbow order... *lol*

Melinda said...

I love the quilt and I agree that you have to listen to the quilt about the borders. I try to teach that to my students.

StitchinByTheLake said...

It's going to be a lovely quilt, no matter what process you used to do the layout! blessings, marlene

dianne said...

quilt whisperer ... huh ... i thought you were a cat/rabbit whisperer!

my quilts talk to me, too - but not as much as i talk to them (and they don't cuss nearly as good as i do, either)

Crispy said...

You can't beat using Mother Nature as inspiration, she definitly knows what she's doing :0) The layout is perfect IMHO :o)

Oooo I can hardly wait to see the LCQAL in all it's quilted glory!!


Shari said...

Quilt Whisperer - I like that. Sounds like a great name for a blog - ha ha.

This is such a gorgeous quilt - so glad you took the time to listen to it...

Jen said...

What a happy top! It makes me smile. :)

Poppyprint said...

I've got a pretty good idea where this lovely quilt is headed, and you should stop worrying. She is gonna LOVE it and cherish it and appreciate the gesture of sharing that 30 of you put into it!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Gorgeous quilt! What a lucky recipient!

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