Saturday, June 20, 2009

Bow Tie Quilt Border?

This is a bow tie quilt top that has been in the closet for ages. I thought I would quilt it to have ready for the next time the Haifa ladies give quilts to Rambam Hospital's Childrens Ward. It is on the small size and I know they would prefer larger quilts so I thought I would add another border. My idea was to add a red and white checkerboard using these fabrics. But I really wasn't sure how much I would like it.

I started with this fabric, sewing I was sewing the second strip set of this same fabric, the light dawned! I had enough of this fabric with the muslin for the whole border: no checkerboard!

Since I had already sewn two strip sets and I hate picking out...I decided to sew two more strip sets and add the two fabrics together as the border with a 4-patch in the corners.

Now, here's my dillemna: which way should I turn the 4-patches.

Style number one: the muslin border is continuous around the quilt like the blue border.

Style number 2:

I think I like style number 2...but help! Opinions welcome! :)
I need some help on something else too. I'd like to redo my side bar and add more blogs that I like to visit and I want it with the link showing the title and date of that blog's last post...and maybe a picture too but I have no idea how to do it! can someone please e-mail me instructions. Please :)

I have found another blogging quilter resource: Connie has lots of info there including a list of quilt bloggers and give-aways...and let me tell you, some of those give-aways are incredible! One is for a $10,ooo sewing room redo!!

Speaking of quilter resources: I have sent off my Spring Blooms Mini Quilt Swap quilt hosted by Michelle of the Quilting Gallery. I can't show any pix until my partner receives it...hope she likes it as much as I liked making!

I've had so much trouble with our internet connection these last few weeks, that I haven't been able to pass along an award I was so nicely given by Annie. This is a fun award: it has to go to blogs that are new to you.

Here are the rules for this terrific award!

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Here are the new blogs that I have visited! No, they are not all quilting blogs! :)


antique quilter said...

thank you !
it will be fun visiting all the blogs you chose
I like option 2 as well and bind it in the dark blue ?
thanks again

Ulla said...

Option 2 makes it look more like you always intended to make it this way. The first option looks like you didn't have enough of the red fabric.

Karen said...

I like option # 2. And I also like Kathie's idea to bind it in dark blue.

Betty said...

Thanks so much for the award! I love your quilt. I like Option 2 the best too. It really frames the center nicely!

Micki said...

I will be visiting the blogs. Great idea!

Coloradolady said...

I like option number 2, but seriously, what do I know!

Are you wanting to add the blog roll like the one I have? If so, I can email you is easy, just a click!

Anne D said...

i like number 2 too

Janet said...

Thank you so much!
I like option 2 with the dark blue binding. Did you get help with the side bar?

Desiree said...

I like option 2 also, with the idea of dark binding. How would it look if you made the 4 patches all face the same way, in the direction of the bow ties (with the dark fabric in the 4 patches running up to the right)? Might mimic the pattern of the bow ties?

Barb said...

I love that quilt, you have done a wonderful job with it and as for the borders, I like to go darker.

ShinyNewThing said...

Thank you for my award! I love getting comments on my blog, it is so fun to feel that there is this big invisible web of quilting friendliness out there around the globe. Your blog looks great too!
best wishes,
(Too-many-hobbies blog)

Susan said...

I am late ringing in but looks like number two is the popular choice and that is my pick too.

Dionne said...

I do like the second option as well! I love the bow-tie quilt and really need to do more of them... or would that be, one of them, since I've not made one yet!
PS - I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Roslyn said...

I vote for number two for sure much more interesting.And a darker binding will frame it nicely.

Neabear said...

Since I am behind reading blogs, I don't know if you have already finished this one. But I also like the second option better like many of the others who already commented.