6/12/13

Bordering On Finished

Today I finished putting the borders on the last of the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine blocks.


It was a lot faster to sew them all at once than it was to do them one at a time, as I have in the past.  I could chain piece them, and it took only a couple of hours to finish all of them.

The next time I work on this quilt, I'll be ready to sew the blocks together.  In this image below, you can see the fabrics I'm going to use.


There will be a green sashing between each block and a green inner border.  Then the black floral fabric will be used for an outer border.  I think I will probably use the same green for the binding, but I'm considering using a rose color to bring out the pink silk block border and also the rose in the floral fabric.  What do you think?  

And here are all twelve blocks.  


I started the embroidery on the first block for this quilt on March 15, 2012.  After all this time, it's close to being finished.

For now, I'm going to set it aside, however, and work on sewing the Hello Sun quilt blocks into a flimsy.  


Looking back at a previous post, I recall that I decided to sew the blocks together as they are shown here.  I'm going to give it a narrow inner border and a much wider outer border, and I have some nice fabrics picked out.  I'm hoping I can get that finished before Monday because I want to start quilting the Love Me, Love My Cat quilt then.


There are several quilts in my sewing room that are close to being finished.  It's a busy sewing life.  

This weekend, we are heading over to Rockaway Beach where some former neighbors have a house.  We aren't staying with them, but taking the trailer instead.  Some other neighbors are going as well, and we're expecting a fun weekend socializing.  It's been raining today, and we're hoping the beautiful weather will return before the weekend.  In any case, I don't know how much sewing I'm going to get done between now and Monday.  Tomorrow, I need to make some frozen breakfast burritos, which will make the weekend mornings easier.  Also, I'm contributing a potato salad to dinner on Saturday, so I'll make that tomorrow as well.  It might be overly ambitious to think I'm going to get those Hello Sun blocks sewn together before Monday.

That's it from me today.  Anything happening in your sewing room today?


18 comments from clever and witty friends:

Lee said...

Your projects look great! Would love to be at the beach...remembering my grandparents who lived at Agate Beach in the '60s, & Waldport prior to that. Grandpa loved agates as he made jewelry using his lapidary equipment & skills. In my sewing today...just some crumbs and string work.

Jacque said...

Wow! What a parade of projects....whew! Love seeing all your work; you inspire me, girl! Enjoyed the kitty posts below - always fun to see the furries!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I just adore the sewing machine quilt and your choice of fabrics just sets the blocks nicely. All just sweet projects - lots of variety, color, fun play! Enjoy your weekend.

Dora, the Quilter said...

Love the vintage/antique sewing machine blocks--probably because I so enjoy using vintage/antique sewing machines. It's going to be a wonderful quilt!

Junebug613 said...

You are getting so much to the almost finished stage! Quite inspiring. I think I would go for the pink as well in the binding for the antique sewing machines. Everything looks so good!

Quilting Babcia said...

I love the sashing/border fabrics you've chosen for your antique sewing machine blocks. That is going to be spectacular when finished - well, all your quilts are! Working on quilted placemats and hope to begin the napkins for a wedding shower coming up at the end of the month, so the Checkered Past quilt has come to a screeching halt for the time being.

Betty said...

If you are having a hard time deciding on binding, try this two color binding technique: http://mylifeasaquilter.blogspot.com/2011/12/been-busy-quilting-for-christmas.html
Would be really cute with the main color green and just a bit of the pink showing.
Today I made a block that has a total of 48 HST's and 16 squares that finish at 2 inches to make a 16 inch block. I need 20 blocks, so this is looking like a long term project!

Denise :) said...

Barbara, I'm loving all these finished (or nearly so) stitcheries! Your framing for the vintage sewing machines is perfect! You did a great job and I love how the batiks really give it a glow. And your staging blocks for Hello Sun are also spot on! And I adore your "Love Me, Love My Cat" -- what a darling little finish this will be!

Have fun at the beach! Is this your first trip in the RV this summer? Nothing new happened here today -- working on VBS, which is next week, and still trying to regain control of everything from our trip followed by my sister's visit. Whew! Bring on JULY! ;)

quiltzyx said...

Hmmm, I would have to see the quilt together with your binding colors auditioning to know about the rose binding for the antique machines. It sounds like it could be quite nice that way.
Now you've answered my question about the Sun quilt! lol I should have known just to wait a minute....
Have a great time at the beach - hope the sun is SHINING nicely for your weekend!
I spent most of today trying to figure out some AZ court forms online. ugh. But I did get a haircut today & it feels gorgeous!!

Celtic Thistle said...

I love those antique sewing machines they look stunning together. Like the sound of your rose pink binding.

I don't know how you manage to fit all of these projects in :)

Bruna Aguiar Melo said...

Your projects are amazing!
Love every one of them.
But the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine blocks stole my heart...
They'r absolutely perfect!!!

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Love all your projects. The vintage machines are great. You are very talented.

I think the breakfast burritos sound great. How do you heat them after freezing? Any special tips?My family would love this!

Lyndsey said...

Love your vintage sewing machine blocks and your fabric choices work really well. The hello sun has such a fun loving and happy feel to it and everyone needs a love me love my cat quilt. All your stitchery is fabulous

cyndiofthevortex said...

I just love looking at your projects. You are one talented lady! And a very productive one, too! You're quite an inspiration you know.

Lou said...

Great job! The sewing machines are just awesome!

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Your sewing machine quilt is going to be lovely! I like that pink silk in the frames. The green and black will really set them off.

Brown Family said...

Have a fun weekend and do not worry about sewing. You have time to do all of that later. we are headed out on our trip tomorrow. Driving 3 hours to Oklahoma on Friday, and them 12-14 hours to El Paso on Saturday. Not looking forward to that drive because of driving into the sun as the afternoon and evening approach! No sewing for me for a week. My machine came back from service and failed. It is back in the shop!

Nan

Kate said...

All of your projects are turning out beautifully! Love the fabrics you have picked out for your embroidered sewing machine blocks.