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:
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