Thursday, April 2, 2009

Comforts of Home - the border

This is what I've been working on in my studio this week. Designing and preparing the borders to applique for my "Comforts of Home" quilt.

I'm really having alot of fun with it!

All of the scallops have been basted and are all ready to applique. First, I stitched a green stop border around the outside of the blocks.

I layed the quilt out on my livingroom floor after I prepared the borders to "audition" the design and my fabric choices just to make sure that I LOVE it before I proceed.

I am going to stitch butter yellow ric-rac tucked into the binding, so I also audition the ric-rac and binding fabric at the same time.


The corners will be appliqued last, after all of the borders have been appliqued and stitched to the quilt to ensure that they line up correctly to the scallops on each side of them.
I always leave the freezer paper on until I'm ready to applique to keep the marked piece flat and to keep the shape from distorting.
I took this photo standing upstairs from my kitchen which overlooks the livingroom.
I like to audition all of my quilts there on the floor so that I can see them from a different perspective. It really helps!
After all of the scallops are appliqued, I will be adding even more applique on TOP of the scallops, using all of the colors that have been used in the quilt.
I will show you that a little later.....

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22 comments:

Tina said...

Love your quilt! I used to audition my quilts that way, but then we built a loft and put in a floor. So there's no more looking down from above anymore. I miss it, but the new room is worth it! I've got my own dedicated sewing space now. A good trade off.

Fiesta said...

This pattern is beautiful.

Diana said...

What a great project! I love your plan for the border.

craftydiane said...

I love this quilt! You do such fantastic work and come up with the neatest designs.
Blessings,
Diane

Loralynn said...

I absolutely adore your quilt! Did you come up with the pattern yourself? I have been starting to applique just a little and would love to know the process you use. Especially on the scallops. I have a terrible time with the edges on shapes. Beautiful job on our quilt!

Loralynn said...

Duh...sometimes I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed. Of course you came up with it yourself! Sometimes I do so much blog hopping that I forget where I am! Please disregard that part of my post! ...now I'm going to go wash the blond out of my hair...

Kim said...

Lori this is a stunning quilt and it's another one that goes on my all time favorite list of quilts. You are sooo amazing! You have such an eye for detail!!

Karen said...

Very nice. My kind of quilt.

Sherri said...

It's absolutely gorgeous...and I can't wait to see it with the ric rac and additional applique'!!!

Susan said...

This design applique is so what I love, not that I don't like flowery designs but this stuff gets you excited to sew. Thanks for sharing. The scallops look great.

from little acorns said...

Lori - this is so wonderful! What memories it brings back. Sigh. This will be another of your designs on my 'must do' list! Beautiful!
xo, Bren

Cynthia said...

I love it! I really like the buttercream yellow. I've never done one of the scalloped borders before but I'm sure you will have detailed instructions. I can hardly wait....I just have to catch up on the last two patterns. Thank you so much for making me so happy!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow, beautiful!

kjquilts said...

Wow! Just found your blog through a link on Applique Today. Love what I have seen so far...gotta go check out the rest.

Allie said...

OH MY GOODNESS. I can't wait for this pattern. It will be a pattern, won't it? PLEASE? I live too far away, lol!
I just realized I have your Apron Club pattern - it's one of my WIPS! I need to get busy on it!

belinda said...

Lovely and breathtaking!!!

Karen said...

Hi Lori, just found your blog and I love it. One of the ladies I work with showed me a quilt she's making from one of your patterns...sooooooooooo cute;) I love the little cat clock on your sidebar...one of my grandma's had one in her kitchen when I was growing up...Thanks for the memories;)

Debbie said...

I love the edge on this one! I have really enjoyed doing this quilt! So many fun squares.

Kari said...

Well Lori, now you have done it! I am officially inspired to continue applique-ing my blocks for this. I only have the letters HOME finished so far. I am obviously way behind, since I just picked up my 16th block-oy! Oh well, it will be so fun to make and now that I see the borders-I am even more in love with it.
Thank you for sharing and helping me get back into my applique routine!
-Kari

The Nielson Family said...

Love that yellow! So pretty! You are so talented--the ric rac is the perfect touch!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Love the scallop. Super cute - all of it. This is so darling. The colors are delicious and the rick rack will be yummy.

another amy said...

Wonderful quilt!! I can't wait to see a one in real life. :)

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