Thursday, January 29, 2009

More Odds and Ends

I met the goal of finishing the zig zag borders. Now they must be trimmed from the last post to this.

Scary, because it's easy for the ruler to slip, and also the edges are now all bias. Then comes the really tense part of doing the math for the coping strip, sewing the borders on, hoping they fit,

As an exercise in avoidance, I sewed borders on this little block I found in my orphan blocks box, planning to send it to the Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative.

I paper pieced those narrow strip borders so that they'd be perfectly straight, and that worked out beautifully. That's a technique that would work on any small quilt. What a pain paper piecing is though! I don't get the fascination with it.

Also in the orphan box was an oak leaf shape left from another project, so I made this, also for Alz Quilts.

Now to bite the bullet and trim the other three borders!


Debra said...

Can you sew now and trim later?

Tense, tense.

Candace said...

Kay - if you come across any great tips when you're bias trimming - please let us know! Sometimes I like to press what I'm bias trimming to freezer paper to stabilize it, but then I know it dulls the rotary cutter! I'm like you as well - don't understand paper piecing and its popularity - the quilts looks great, but the paper is a pain!

Deb Geyer said...

I love the oak leaf!!

jenclair said...

I love the oak leaf, too! Good luck on the trimming!

Libby Fife said...

Good results from your exercise in avoidance!

Barbara C said...

Your oak leaf is gorgeous. Good luck with the border. I often get stuck at borders, then the quilt goes into hibernation for awhile.

Quiltnbee said...

I completely agree about paper piecing...I avoid it if at all possible...I mean, as if quilting isn't fiddley enough...heh...Great leaf!