On the design wall today is a finished quilt top! This is the summer mystery project my local guild offered it's members.
Here is the quilt top before borders. Because the chain is the lightest fabric, it became dominant in my version of the design and you don't see the circular effect that can be seen in other quilts using the "peaky and spike" blocks (as coined by Doreen Speckmann for those of you who are long time quilters).
I auditioned a lot of fabrics for borders, but nothing made me happy. Then the idea came to me to extend the diagonal white squares into one more border. I don't know why the idea appealed to me so much, but I happily sewed these strips to add. Even though each one is a different length, they were correct the way I sewed it together. I really was in my happy place sewing these border strips. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but didn't seem to care!
And here is the finished product. It's the perfect size to finish as a donation quilt and I'm already getting ideas for machine quilting.
It was great fun to sew along on a summer mystery with my quilting friends!
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Oh yes! Great decision to extend the diagonals into the border. It's perfect. Isn't it interesting how fabric choices totally change how a pattern ends up looking?
Love how you did the borders--so pretty congratulations on your finish! hugs, Julierose
That is really pretty, Kathy! I like what you did with the border and white squares, too.
I like the border. It's not such an abrupt finish like a plain border would have been.
Your mystery quilt turned out fantastic, Kathy! I love the colors you used, with just that bit of deep navy that adds so much to the mix and makes it sparkle!
Your simple border is wonderful...definitely kicks the quilt up a notch.
that's definitely a win on the border! great job and very creative!
Love the border! It finishes the quilt beautifully.
It's darling and the borders are perfect. Someone will be very loved.
Congratulations on your finish! Well done.
Great idea on the border.
GReat job! Love the last border addition. It looks finished with the border on. ;^)
Such a pretty color palette. And I love designs with chains!
Your border treatment was an excellent decision!
Super pretty - and your colors look so great with this one!
Ongrats on a finish. I love my Peaky and Spike. The chains are great to catch your eye.
Great color choices.
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