Friday, January 16, 2009

Maybe I'll Stop Here...


Finally, a layout for the red stars! My design wall is too small to hold the entire thing, so I've folded over part of the center. Just focus on the upper left-hand corner.

That little zig zag border has caused endless trouble. It's described in The Border Workbook, and isn't really difficult, just requires careful stitching and cutting (of course, I've only made this little sample). It also requires lots of math to make the border fit, especially around the corners, and this required an email to That Patchwork Place for an explanation of one section of directions. The number given made no sense to me. I got an answer in less than 12 hours, so they deserve lots of credit for that.

This was last week; in the meantime I've been toying with many other ideas for that section. This has actually been so exhausting that I feel I've finished the project! Time to stop. Seriously, I'm planning a real push to the finish line. First step is to cut lots of red and yellow squares to frame the border stars.

In non-quilting news, we have bought a new car. My husband's "winter" car gave up the ghost on our driveway Monday morning, so we have bought a new Ford Fusion. Since I am partially housebound because of weather and a car shortage, Bob has done the shopping. I took a very brief test drive last night; it was brief because a) roads were slippery, b) it was snowing, and c) it was 10 below zero. The heater, anti-lock brakes, and traction control seem fine. Other things, I don't know. We'll hope for the best. And yes, the Ford salesman seemed glad to see us.

18 comments:

*karendianne. said...

Kay, I swear to you I just let loose my afternoon wake up coffee all over my keyboard with that last sentence. I have to go clean up this mess now. Freakin' A... that was funny but now...oh lord I can't believe this just happenend. All over my desktop and my drippin' down.

floribunda said...

beautiful quilt you've got there... definitely going to be worth all the fiddling!

Paula Hewitt said...

anything that requires careful cutting, stitching and math should not be categorised as 'isnt really difficult'!! The whole quilt - im assuming the folded back bit looks the same :) - looks fantastic. and good for you keeping that ford salesman happy.

Candace said...

Wow - your quilt is turning into a genuine showpiece, Kay! Good thing Karen wasn't there in person to spill coffee all over it - LOL!
Cheers!

LFF said...

Clearly, you have the patience of a saint. Honestly, I can't believe you made all of those stars and are still in your right mind!

Deb Geyer said...

I'll bet the salesman was glad to see you!! :-)

The quilt is gorgeous! Don't stop now!!

jenclair said...

I'm with Paula, anything with careful cutting and math is difficult! Have I mentioned previously how much I love those stars? Thought so...

Vicki W said...

That is going to be a show quilt! I love the ribbon border.

Barbara C said...

This is going to be a spectacular quilt. What a great setting for your beautiful blocks.

Debra said...

This has show quilt written all over it! You better learn to machine quilt. . . .*wink*

Granny Fran said...

Yuur quilt is looking spectacular!
I'll just bet that salesman was happy to see you. Hope your enjoy your Ford.

Kim said...

Too bad you've been 'housebound' but it's too cold to be out and you've made wonderful progress on the quilt. The zigzag border is good choice. I think we are anxious to see it finished and hopefully that will continue to gently nudge you along!

How are you going to quilt it?

Christine said...

The quilt it gorgeous!

Jeri said...

wow. that quilt is going to be a showstopper! you have a lot of perserverence. I'm not sure I'd have made it through all those wonderful 8-point stars!

McIrish Annie said...

i like the border! worth spending time on it.

will be interested in your experience with the ford fusion.

laura west kong said...

it's coming along so beautifully! =(^_^)=

Moonlit Goddess said...

I love the quilt! Can't wait to see you show n tell it at River Bend Quilt Guild.

Sandy M.

The Calico Cat said...

Lovely quilt! I really like the zig-zag border!