Monday, March 24, 2014

A Quilt in Progress



My "Summer Stars" quilt has been one of those projects that has been around for quite a little while. I know it's been longer than a year and quite possibly even two years since I started this quilt. But I'm okay with that because...well...time can be your friend. 

In the beginning I made the scrappy stars from my favorite DS Quilts fabrics.  Quite a while later I decided on the red print alternating blocks. At that time I was really happy with the mix and thought about quilting it and adding a scrappy binding. But every time I went to send it to be quilted something stopped me. A few times I wasn't sure I had the right backing. A couple of other times I just didn't really feel it was finished yet. So it sat (or rather hung in my closet) for quite a while--over a year I'm sure.

Friday night I was looking for something in my stash and happened upon a yard of the gorgeous blue floral in the photo above. Something about the blue and the red reminded me of this quilt, and I decided to audition the fabric for a border.



Well...that...as they say...was all it took. One thing led to another and within a short time I had the perfect borders and had picked the perfect backing...all from my stash.



It's headed to my friend Abby for quilting...this is going to be one fun finish!  Oh, and I have picked the binding already too...but I'll keep that to share later. So I've decided it's not always a bad thing to have a long-term work in progress...in fact...it can be pretty rewarding.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

NOTE:  If you emailed (or left a comment with your email info) about the vintage suitcase info from last week's post, you should have received information from Jean by now. If you haven't received anything from Jean, please leave a comment with your email address included or email me with your contact information so I can pass it along.  Thank you!

16 comments:

Rita Self said...

Love your choice for border! I have a lovely dress out of that fabric! Yummy!

Barb Gibney said...

I love what you have found in your stash.?? It all goes together so well...excited to see the finished longterm project and to see that there may be hope for some of pieces that have been sitting there not quite done because like you I wasnt quite sure how I wanted to finish them. Thx for sharing

gailss said...

What a perfect choice for your quilt and love that blue and red fabric. Yes, sometimes it is good to take a bit of time and just feel your way thru projects....I agree!

CathyK said...

Perfect choice for the border! I just love that blue! I can't wait to see the final product.

Cathy Smith said...

I'm loving this quilt! I'm in the middle of making a scrappy "scrap jar star" quilt top out of teal/turquoise scraps and it reminds me of this. Love!

I haven't heard anything about the suitcase so I'll leave my email here:
cathyasmith1971@gmail.com

Thanks!!

Pam E. said...

I'd like to receive info from Jean about the suitcase. My email is: depe60@gmail.com. Thanks.

Pam

Sandy said...

I love the fabric you are using for the backing. I have been hoarding that color and the gray and cheddar in that design also!

Thimbleanna said...

That's going to be such a cute quilt Sherri! I love the colors -- and the scrappies -- sooo pretty!

Paralegal Mentor said...

Yes, time is your friend. Lovely quilt. Have Jean send info to vvois@aol.com. Thanks. Vicki

Helen L said...

lovely quilt, and I love the border and backing fabrics you choose (could it be that I like them because I have them in my stash also?!) :-P I'll be looking forward to seeing the finished quilt!! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Karen said...

Love the colors! and yes, can you send a link to Jeans' suitcases?...they are very sweet!! Thanks......ksflick@gmail.com...thanks

~Laurie~ said...

You are right - perfect binding and backing for a pretty quilt. Nice choices!

Audie-n-TX said...

I haven't received anything on the suitcase.
aconstancio67@gmail.com

Thanks Audrea

PS
I love your new project.

KMSC said...

I love the sneak peek of your quilt top and the blue/red fabric you chose for the border! Do you remember the designer of that fabric? Was it a Denyse Schmidt's fabric also? Also, please forward my email to Jean. I forgot to do it earlier. Thanks!
k.castanette@hotmail.com

Joy said...

I sometimes ponder with my selection of fabrics also. When you know...you know! Waiting allowed you to make the perfect choice. From what I see, you made a great choice!!

Darlene said...

The border fabric is PERFECT, Sherri. Time was definitely your friend. :-)

I have not heard from Jean. Here's my e-mail address wabbit4412@aol.com

Thank you!