Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Top is Finished!

Sorry it's been a while!  I've been busy with the garden, the pups, and working on the QUILT!!!  The top is finished, the borders are on, and I'm actually quilting right now!  I've taken a ton of pix, so I'll start sharing some of those with you now.  Let's cut the chit-chat and get to it!

This block came out kind of ... wonky, shall we say?

IMG_2936 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt block
11th Corps HQS

But I really like it and I'm leaving it that way!

Here's another block in progress:

IMG_2937 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt block

I was trying to figure out a way to add in more navy, but in a small punch.  Here's what I came up with:

IMG_2973 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt block

Yes, it repeats the shape of the Kansas Dugout blocks, but on a smaller scale AND when put together as I have it laid out there, it's a Cotton Boll block.  You know ... cotton and the South?  And the "X" shape echoes the Confederate flag.  ...moving right along...

I tossed these other blues in while my Guide Dog for the Color Blind was sleeping:

IMG_2974 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt block

Since the whole concept is for this to not look like a collection of 8.5" blocks but an over-all collage of blocks and the battle flags, I thought it would work. They will look like different blocks - and frankly, Dave, if you snooze, you lose.

Here's how it looks all together:

IMG_2975 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt block

It works, don't you think?

Here are the completed blocks, up on my design wall:

IMG_2990 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt

And here they are, all stitched together!

IMG_3026 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt
Husband accessory not included

I auditioned some border and binding fabrics and this is what I came up with:

IMG_3030 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt

The inner border has both blue and grey in it - I like that! And the binding will add a nice zip at the end. Edge. Whatever.

Before cutting my borders, I measure very carefully at each end and in the middle:

DSCN1884 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt

I average those numbers, then cut. It helps control those "wavy" border issues. That's my tip du jour.

I played around with a pic of one of the blocks with the Instagram app on my iPhone:

IMG_3043 Gettysburg Battle Flag quilt block "antiqued" block

It really has me considering tea dying the whole thing when I'm done. Instant antiquing!!!

I'll post more tomorrow! For now, thanks for reading!


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  2. Beeeyoooootiful!!! Well done! I'm in awe of your quilting skills. Also, you have excellent taste in soda. That's my favorite. ;)

  3. Oh, I like the tea-dying idea. You'll have to keep me posted. :)

  4. It looks great! Now you can explain about tea dyeing.

  5. It turned out so beautiful! It all came together so nicely! Well done to the husband accessory too! :)


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