29 March 2011

What a difference a border makes

I seem to be on a roll.
First the big Passacaglia-top was finished, and now the 'Reject-Passacaglia' top is finished too.

And isn't it amazing how different the wide, outer border makes the quilt look ?
I planned with the wide one, then, when I got to the point where it was just the two slim borders, I thought 'That looks finished', and decided to call it a day.

... then, just because the wide borders were already cut and marked, I put them up there on the Design-wall, around the 'finished' little quilt, and ... liked it. A lot. So ... the wide borders are on now, and another quilt-top is finished.

I call the top my 'Reject Passacaglia', because it is made with blocks that didn't make it into the big Passacaglia-quilt. They aren't wrong as such, there aren't any (big) boo-boos on any of them, they just didn't work with the rest of the blocks in the big one.

BUT, they work ok together, and the borders does pull them in. I know the fabric looks beige (or sand) and it is, but there is a crackle in the mottle, and the crackles are pink and green :-D just like the blocks.

26 March 2011

Passacaglia !

Top is finished !!!
Yes indeedie :-)
Picture more-or-less speaks for itself, won't you say ?
Well, it's taken 2 and a half years to get it this far. Granted about a year of that was spent doing ne'er a stitch on anything at all. Not Passacaglia, not any other project. Another 3 months (or maybe 6) were spent in (mild) denial about the blocks that simply didn't work with the majority.
But now it's finished, and even if I say so myself, it's looking good :-)
Finished size : 72 x 96"
Yes. It turned out a big quilt

As we were taking pictures this morning, a neighbour saw us at it (he knows the deal when I stand in the middle of the road with a camera), and came out to see. Much praise was given, and it felt good. What felt particularly good was, that he rushed of his house, barefoot, just 'to see what you've done now'. Really a nice man, wouldn't you say :-)

16 March 2011

Work In Progress

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saw over at Freshly Pieced (click on the button above if you want to see her blog), that's she's doing Work In Progress Wednesday, and thought I might try to tag along :-) See how it goes, if I can keep it up.

I am - finally - back with a needle and some thread in my fingers. It has been a long sewing-drought, but it seems (finally) to be over. The project that currently sees all work is the Passacaglia. However, the big top is now too big to show easily, so, I'll postpone showing that one off until the weather has calmed down (it's rather blowy outside), and/or it is sufficiently finished for me to get it back up on the wall and take a picture.
Instead, here's a picture of the 9 left-over blocks. Yes. Nine blocks more than was necessary was pieced.
Now, looking at them, I'm sure you too can see that all of them are ... too something.
Too 'loud' or dark or brown or ...
Anyway. They are not bad blocks, they just didn't work with the other 35. Now, they will be joined, more or less as you see on the picture, they will get a border (or 3) of plain stripes, and then I'll decide whether they will go on the back of the big Passacaglia-quilt, or will become a separate small(-ish) quilt.
Only time will tell.

Not a bad reject-quilt, eh?