Sewing is just more fun with friends, even if they are on my computer screen. I can still hear their voices and see their faces, and we all get a lot done. I’ve been hosting virtual sew days for several small groups, and I enjoy them all. This time I was working on a border for my To The Nines quilt, sewing patches into units of six to complete the angled rows into the border.
It didn’t take long to get the eleven units I needed made.
I started sewing the border units together, then I came to the corner and realized I would have an all white border in two corners. That seemed like too much white.
I auditioned doing some squares in the corners to break up the expanse of white. I showed it to the virtual group, and the consensus was to do the scrappy squares in the corners.
I arranged the sections and began sewing the borders onto the top as I got one made. As you can see here, the parts with the squares went on the star blocks, and the solid white sections went on the 9-patch blocks. This completes the square rings around the stars.
We started talkng about food at one point during the day, and I mentioned we were going to order take out from Outback Steakhouse. This is the Blooming Chicken, a chicken breast filet, breaded with blooming onion breading and fried. Yum! I could only eat half of it with half the salad, then rest went for another meal the next day.
So, the next day I finished putting the borders on, and immediately didn’t like it. The corner squares distract from the lines of the square rings.
The white blocks catch the eye, making the middle seem like a confetti dump. The cohesiveness of the pattern is lost. Plus, that border increased the size by 16 inches on both directions, making it a monstrous size.
So, I removed the border blocks. I know, an entire day’s work down the drain, but I just think it looks better without the pieced border.
All is not lost, though. I’ll use those border sections to make new 9-patch blocks for the next quilt. I’ll certainly make more To The Nines quilts for Quilts of Valor. For those interested, this pattern is for sale on My Patterns page. I use half square triangles in that pattern for the star points. So, now it is loaded on the longarm. Taking it back to a smaller size also meant I could use a light blue wide backing that I already owned, and really wanted to use for this quilt.
What are you sewing this week?
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