Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sunburst Getting Another Border

So I dragged out the Sunburst quilt and gave it another whirl. What to do, what to do. It just doesn't look finished to me, something is lacking and I just can't give it up.
Sunburst center before
The middle has always kind of bothered me. A little too stark for the rest of the quilt maybe. So I played with a couple of small additions and finally settled on adding the pink centers to the blue.
Sunburst center after
It makes more sense when you see what I've decided to do with the next {and hopefully last} border. I finally got it all prepped and waiting in my handwork bag for that magic intersection of time and inclination. If you only knew how many times I've played with this border, contemplating, scribbling ideas down and basically beating my head against the wall. So I'm still not 100% sure, but this time I actually cut out the pieces--that's major progress. I feel like there's a hundred different ideas that would work with for this border and how egotistical of me to think I could possible land on the very best one.
Border prep
I stitched the January block for my personal solids challenge just to relax and unwind. I'm absolutely, 100% sure about that at least! Next up, getting the February block prepped and ready to go.
January Block
It's good to have hand work. Honestly, it's a challenge not to have ten projects going all the time.*wink

29 comments:

  1. You have such a beautiful way of creating pretty centers, and then adding borders that work so perfectly and are truly your own.

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  2. That magic intersection of time and inclination - lol! These day's I'm only inclined to start new projects... when I have the time :0) I love the addition of the pink centres to the blue - such an interesting applique centre. It will be a wonderful quilt!

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  3. I think the pink added to the blue really adds a new look to it - brightens it up a little

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  4. I just love this project! You are so clever with your borders - I especially like the outer applique border idea.

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  5. I love your style and your descriptions of method. Certain things (design) require much "fuss" whereas perfection of shape, not so much! And you are so right about that "intersection of time and inclination" Well, you've inspired me to get back to quilting... after being very busy with first-in-the-nation caucus stuff. (I'd like to catch up and do a 365 quilt, too!)

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  6. Another unique piece coming together.

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  7. One of my favorite things is watching you grow a quilt. 8)
    I've found that time and inclination intersect more often when I have multiple projects going. SOMEthing always grabs me when there are several possibilities lurking about.

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  8. Adore that center. The pink you added really gave it the right spark. You have a wonderful eye for color and combining fabrics.

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  9. the pink really lifts the blue a great addition

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  10. The pink or rose on the blue flowers looks great and I like the border you are adding. Greetings

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  11. I like the addition of the pink to the blue, yes! :)

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  12. I like the addition of the pink to the blue, yes! :)

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  13. "The magic intersection of time and inclination" ... that ought to be inscribed somewhere! Yes, the pink adds so much to those little blue flowers in the center medallion. Looking good with those inspired borders too.

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    1. I really liked that line too, haha!

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  14. Oh Audrey, yes, yes, yes! The pink 'buds' in the centre really draw the eye out to the pink buds/leaves at the top of the tree - perfect! And the way it all ties in with your latest border (love the addition of the dark red 'stripe' btw) is inspired! Sometimes we really do just need to let things percolate for a while :)

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  15. Yup, the pink in the center really does work! And I LOVE the outer (and last?) border. It seems just the right ending. I don't have a design wall and I do tend to rely heavily on my digital camera for auditioning. Thanks again for the eye candy. I love this one.

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  16. Oh my goodness..your quilts are ALWAYS just gorge!

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  17. Love what you've come up with. That outer border gives some boundary to the quilt and the design element is a good repeat of what you've used before. I like it.

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  18. I just have to say, I really enjoy reading your blog. I am one of those invisible individuals who loves to look at what you are doing but rarely comments. It makes me happy to see your work! Have a great day!mbbaker35@yahoo.com

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  19. I think your work is in the right way. The pink piece on blue flower , i like it. God day.

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  20. It looks beautiful to me and the colors are so pretty together. After all, I have no idea what it might be supposed to look like so those borders look just right! We are usually way too hard on ourselves!

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  21. Love how this is going Audrey, the added pink is perfect! Oh, and I did laugh at your last comment about a challenge!

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  22. I do like the addition of pink to the centre and really like the new border.

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  23. Love your description of the intersection of time and inclination......so very true. I think maybe you have landed on the best choice. The border is quite striking, and I love the applique shape.

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  24. I think you should lay out all the border options you considered for us to see (only joking). What you've got going on here looks just right to me.

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  25. Wonderful project and beautiful applique and stitching.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  26. I LOVE this project. really really LOVE it.
    it is so happy and fun.

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  27. Hi Audrey, we really like how you added the pink to the blue in the center. Your idea was perfect ! Pink is such a cheerful color in quilts. Have fun with all your projects ! Best wishes from Marina and Daryl

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