Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Thought I Was Just Crossing Another Quilt Top Off the List

Time to work on my St. Paul quilt! I cut out the tumblers for the border awhile back, just guessing about how many I might need. Easy peasy stitching to assemble the border lengths.
Working on the St. Paul quilt
Then, I dithered and wrung my hands over the inner border colors. Nothing looked good. Nothing looked right, blah, blah, blah. So finally, I decided to forget about that proposed skinny inner border and just go with it. Why do I always think every quilt needs an in-between border anyway? It's a place I get stuck at a lot. So ridiculous really. I often question the reasons behind the way I assume.... 'things have to be done' all of the time. Eventually (thankfully), I always come to my senses and think 'quilting doesn't have a rule book!' And so here we are....
The entire quilt top....
Kinda busy isn't it? In a perfectly charming sort of way of course!*wink  The corner piecing was a result of my inadequacy in figuring out how to turn the corners with the tumblers. Not even sure it's possible!
St. Paul quilt top finished!
There might (or might not) be a plain one-fabric reddish border added on later. You know, to extend some of those rich autumny colors out. That totally remains to be seen. It also depends a lot on things like finding a luscious larger print that speaks 'St. Paul quilt' to me because there is nothing in my stash I like for the job at the moment. At this point... I'm chucking this particular quilt off the UFQ list! Yay!! {Shhh... Don't tell anyone, but I think it might have gotten a wee bit boring after all the complicated piecing was done.}
Just playing with tumblers--a very high risk situation....
And then I slapped the extra tumblers up on the wall. You know, just for fun. And because I can't resist playing. I was lacking one blue tumbler which only took seconds to take care of. Hmm... Definitely some possibilities going on there at the wall! Diane over at Butterfly Threads Quilting sells these wonderful tumbler templates if you want to play too. They make the sewing part super easy! 

And now I'm totally in awe at how quickly this has happened. Another quilt top done and me being so very good at winnowing down the UFQ list. Ha! Now it looks like another quilt might have cropped up in its place and with no pre-planning on my part whatsoever. I did not do this! It was all the fault of the orphan pieces looking so pitiful and sad....

29 comments:

  1. Im really liking that quilt without the border. Yes- its busy – but so what? It looks great just the way it is.

    I made a tumbler quilt a few years back. Its one of my favourite patterns. Love all those blue tumblers up on your design wall.

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  2. Sure, blame those poor little orphans......hehe....I think your WIP, I mean your quilt top is beautiful. Beauty doesn't follw rules it's all in the eye of the beholder. Just keep on having fun with it.

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  3. It is just so much fun to be creative and free to follow your muse wherever it takes you!

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  4. Beautiful! and IMHO no inner border needed. The colours are wonderful together and I like how you set the corners.

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  5. This quilt is so fun! I love the combinations of the blocks and the border, it creates great movement. And I think we all know how I feel about tumblers...that secret was out a long time ago! LOL

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  6. What a great border for St Paul! I think your corner turn solution is a good one. I love the warm colors of this quilt. I look forward to seeing how you quilt this one when you get to that stage.

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  7. I'm so glad the orphans are together and forming their own quilt!! St Paul is looking very good.

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  8. You are really flying through the UFOs!! Congratulations on getting another beauty finished!

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  9. Another lovely quilt! I hope you find the border fabric you are looking for. Congratulations on getting some of you UFQs done!

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  10. No border needed for sure! I was playing with some extra 9-patches and now another quilt top has been added to my list--they seem to multiply overnight behind your back...nice tumblers...hugs, Julierose

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  11. This is a favorite of mine due to your colors!

    From the first time I saw it I was in love.

    Go check your mom's stash for oranges now that you got it all built up again, lol...

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  12. I like tumbler quilts. My son likes dark blue and beige. I have been trying to think of a pattern to make him a quilt. I just found it. Thanks - Debbie

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  13. LOL - tumblers! they are easy aren't they - sometimes I think we need easy projects in between or along with our challenging quilts. Love the quilt with the skinny sashing - I don't think it looks too busy at all.

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  14. Another fun top. I like the antique borders where they don't turn the corner and they don't use corner squares. Just end to border - partial piece, the works.
    Congratulations!

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  15. I love this quilt! Love the blocks and tumbler blocks are great for the borders. Not busy at all and oh so charming!

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  16. Another beauty - I wouldn't add another border - the blue tumblers are doing a lovely job of picking up the blues in the centre blocks. Such a great combination of blocks.

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  17. Your russets and cheddars just make those blues sing in St Paul! I am inspired!

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  18. I really like that tumbler border. It's a very unique ending to a really fun top - just what I would expect you to do!

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  19. Lovely pieces just keep coming. Beautiful and original work.

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  20. Truly gorgeous quilt! What an inspiration.

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  21. I think my favorite thing about the St. Paul quilt is the colors.

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  22. Another beauty! How do you do this, so fast!? The colors in this quilt are gorgeous, plus I love the rustic antique style. I don t think it needs a border, maybe just one of the rusty red for binding?


    lizzy gone to the beach

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  23. Gorgeous! Your fabric choices work very well with the design! Love it!

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  24. Sure turned out pretty. Everything ended up going together so well.

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  25. Wow! I hope you aren't tired of me blathering on about how much I love all your quilts and your quilting style but I just can't help myself. This quilt is so interesting and beautiful I just had to say it again!

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  26. Love this quilt and it looks just right to me this way!

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  27. The "soft shades" of the tumbler border perfectly frame the colorful center. Not busy at all. Love the quilt with the left overs tumblers....I can picture a wool snowman appliqued on that one. : ))))



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  28. Classic looking quilt. The colour combination steals the show and the idea of tumblers for the border is quite original. Well done, I really like what you have achieved. The corner blocks present a difficult problem and I understand why you bailed. Dawn's idea that the old quilts would have blissfully carried on is sometimes what adds so much charm to the antique quilts.

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  29. It's charming, go with your instincts. And I still love the tumblers.

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