April 11, 2022: Two tops near completion!

Greetings dear readers! Two tops are nearing the finish line! I have the borders on Maple Leaf Rag! But I’m still deciding about the corners. This is a big quilt – about 91 inches square – so it doesn’t fit on the design wall and I don’t have a floor space big enough to spread it out so this is the best I can do for now to show it to you:

Here’s a closer view of one ”empty” corner:

Filling that corner with custom quilting is an option, but there’s a part of me that wants applique there. I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ”falling leaves” idea so played some more and tried a different maple leaf shape arranged like this:

Here it is from a distance with the red leaf switched to a gold one (and, of course, if I use this I would embroider veins on the leaves):

And from further back:

I think it works, but I’d love to hear from you! All your comments so far are much appreciated!

The Inner Reaches of Outer Space blocks and rows are all sewn together!!

160 Y seams were required! They were not difficult, but very time consuming, requiring a lot of pinning and making sure not to sew into the seam allowances. It got a bit boring after a while and as the rows were sewn together, it got somewhat unwieldy managing the whole thing. Now I’m in the process of taking the foundation papers off:

I’ve made a decision about the top and bottom edges – I’m appliqueing them to strips of fabric. If I left the top pieces jagged, they’d flop when the quilt hangs. At first I thought I’d use a solid black fabric, but I realized I have quite a bit of this fabric that I used to make many of the black blocks:

I put a strip up:

And I really like how this looks far better than plain black! Problem solved! I’m going to use it on the bottom edge too, I think.

I’m enjoying all the signs of spring as I walk through the neighborhood. Crocuses are up:

Forsythia is out:

Trees are budding and I’m still seeing occasional amazing fungi!:

As we approach Earth Day, I’m hoping all of us prioritize treasuring and caring for our beautiful home!

Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi

26 thoughts on “April 11, 2022: Two tops near completion!

  1. Gayle in Tennessee April 11, 2022 / 3:02 pm

    Hi Gladi. I love Maple Leaf Rag, the colors and the applique borders. I think the 3 leaves appliqued in the corners are perfect! Beautiful quilt.

    • gladiporsche April 11, 2022 / 8:49 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Gayle!

  2. Marie Tymrak April 11, 2022 / 3:17 pm

    Now that the corner leaf appliqués are shown, they seem perfectly at home; like they were meant to be there.
    Thanks for including the new edge to that paper pieced effort. The black background print also seems perfectly at home. Both the comment on Earth Day and the nature pictures are appreciated. Thank you.

    • gladiporsche April 11, 2022 / 8:50 pm

      Thank you Marie!!

  3. Susan Belyea April 11, 2022 / 4:17 pm

    Both of your solutions are excellent! Both are fantastic quilts to be proud of.Susan

    • gladiporsche April 11, 2022 / 8:50 pm

      Thank you Susan!

  4. 107sophie April 11, 2022 / 5:42 pm

    well I do like the three maple leaves but would love to see a mock up of the previous suggestion I sent (an straight applique bar in the same green fabric going from the inner corner to the outer corner of that corner with the multicolored leaves on either side – as in the borders). Or what about another one of those spectacular pieced leaf blocks ? And the colors in that fungi — simply incredible!

    • gladiporsche April 11, 2022 / 8:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Sophie, for commenting! I thought about trying a pieced block in the corners, but I think it would be too overpowering in that space. I did try the straight line to the corner idea and it just didn’t look quite right to me. Sorry, I can’t seem to find a photo though thought I took one!

  5. Cindy April 11, 2022 / 7:47 pm

    Love, love, love your three maple leaves in the corner! Just enough appliqué to fill the spot. And not so loosey-goosey as the smattering of leaves idea. It is such a beautiful quilt!

    • gladiporsche April 11, 2022 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you Cindy! I took this top to my quilt bee meeting last week and one comment was that the falling leaves might look like they were just thrown on to fill the space so I decided to explore something else. I think this is better.

  6. Kyle April 11, 2022 / 10:51 pm

    I like the three leaves. But some how it makes the border stems that converge towards the corners stop abruptly. Just a thought. Youe quilts are always beautiful.

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2022 / 8:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Kyle! Your comment made me go back and look some more. I realized that by moving the whole arrangement of the 3 leaves and 3 berries closer to the inner corner – where the light green inner border turns the corner – it looks much more like it’s connecting those converging stems! The endings aren’t so abrupt. Thanks again!!!

  7. Laurie Mosley April 11, 2022 / 11:39 pm

    I like what you have done in the corners of your maple leaf quilt. Love the fall colors!

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2022 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you Laurie!

  8. Michelle April 12, 2022 / 12:35 am

    The three maple leaves in the corners are the absolute winner in my opinion. The earlier possibilities felt wrong but the minute I saw this…wow! It is a nice, natural contrast to the crossed stems in the borders, as well as to the more stylized maple leaves in the main body of the quilt. Very organic, balanced corner appliqué that just works beautifully. Can you tell I really like this option? 😉

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2022 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle for your kind words! Your input is much appreciated!

  9. acityquilter April 12, 2022 / 12:06 pm

    both perfect choices…that oriental fabric is soo pretty….saw lots of crocus in bloom in maine…back to MD and early summer…leaves out, temps flirting in 70s…but i’d rather be in new england for sure….

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2022 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much, Grace! Glad you had a good visit to the area!

  10. marissthequilter April 12, 2022 / 2:34 pm

    And the winner is Gladi, with her 160 Y seams in one quilt! I am in awe of the time that that must have taken. Your maple leaves are beautiful and I think the flower fabric for the border of ‘outer reaches’ is perfect.

    • gladiporsche April 12, 2022 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you Mariss for your kind words! Putting the hexagons together has been a challenge, requiring patience! I’m glad I did it, but am not in a hurry to make another one any time soon!😊

  11. Cathy April 13, 2022 / 12:15 am

    Hello, I like the mock up of three maple leaf shapes with berries. Perhaps try adding a few of the leaf shapes from the border design to tie both sections together. Beautiful work….as always 😉

    • gladiporsche April 16, 2022 / 6:08 pm

      Thanks Cathy!

  12. Marsha April 13, 2022 / 4:34 pm

    I have been working on a Baltimore Album quilt for several years that has a similar zig zag border to yours. The corner treatment it has is using one of the stems of leaves and buds reaching towards the inside of the quilt. I tried to send you the name of the book and author but the comment would not go through. I like your fabric finish on your Inner Reaches quilt. Great idea!

    • gladiporsche April 16, 2022 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks Marsha for trying to send me the info for the corners! I really appreciate it! Since writing this post, I’ve made an adjustment and I think it’s finally good!

  13. audrey April 13, 2022 / 7:13 pm

    Love, love the maple leaf applique idea for the corners. Looks so good already!

    • gladiporsche April 16, 2022 / 6:13 pm

      Thank you Audrey!

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