Last Saturday at the Lake it rained almost all day. What a great day to dig into some UFO's and WIP's that were in my quilting tub!
First, I finished quilting a table runner made from leftover block pieces. I tried something new by attempting to quilt 'pebbles' in the white spaces. Not too excited about how they turned out. Well, practice would help, but I think my stippling looks better and is way easier. But it was worth a try!
My next project was to put borders on Bricks and Stepping Stones. It's a free Bonnie Hunter pattern that I started piecing over a year ago, and then it languished. I had run out of 3.5 inch blocks. But now my scrap basket has caught up and I finished up the final 20 or so blocks last week.
The inner black border was an easy call, but what to do for the outer border? Most of the fabrics I auditioned looked too busy. Then I pulled out a skirt that I bought for $3 at the Thrift Store a few weeks ago. It was hand died batik made in India and looked like it had never been worn. I couldn't decide whether to keep the skirt and wear it, or use the fabric for a quilt. In the end, the quilt won. I really like how the circles play against the squares and rectangles of the quilt. What do you think?
I wish I had taken a photo of the skirt for you before I cut into it. You'll just have to use your imagination I guess. In the end I decided the print was a little too bold for me and I probably wouldn't wear it much. Have you ever bought a garment and then cut it up for a quilt? It took a while to get up the nerve to cut into it!