Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The plan?

I had it all figured out.  I was absolutely certain how Vintage Sparkle should come together. Last Friday I finished assembling the center and thought the borders would be added by the end of the weekend.  The top was almost done!

At that point I started wavering about my plan for the borders.  I have since come up with many competing plans.  That has proved rather paralyzing.  What If I start on plan B but then decide plan A was the better option after all?  Or maybe plan C?  And if I had thought of plan B in the first place I would have constructed the edges of the quilt differently to make plan B easier and reduce clunky seams.  Maybe I should unpick what I’ve done to allow for that?  But do I have enough fabric to allow for that alternate construction?

Today I draped the quilt top over my bed and mocked up 3 options on a bit of the edge.

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The star that bites into the border in B and C repeats the cornerstone stars from the rest of the quilt. I like that extra element, but A is certainly simpler at this point.  If I choose B or C, I’ll then have to decide how to accomplish that as an afterthought.  I know exactly how I would do it if I had planned it from the start!  I suppose I could unsew the rows and sashing and proceed that way but…I hated pinning and sewing those long seams and I suspect I wouldn’t enjoy unpicking and then doing them over!

Okay, I’m done with the whining.  Maybe I’ll just let this one sit awhile while I go work on the tax return.  Not that that is much more fun!

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20 comments:

  1. I just hate it when I do things like this to myself! The bottom line is this quilt is beautiful! Any one of those choices would be the right one. . . that didn't help you much did it? ;)

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  2. A very pretty quilt and you can't go wrong with any of the border ideas you have. But I know what you mean, it's like beating ourselves up over the decision!

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  3. I know that feeling, sometimes it is good to walk away for a bit. I think they all look good but I do like the B the best. Haven't even started the taxes but that should happen this next weekend.

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  4. Whatever you choose will be beautiful, ripping out is never any fun. We finished out taxes last week.....not fun but done! Thanks for sharing.
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  5. They're all pretty, but I think A calls to me most. I like how the gold "finishes" the quilt and then the prairie points are a bonus on the edges. But I also like C where the stars formed in the sashings get a finish. No matter which you choose, it's going to be a wonderful quilt!

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  6. I could live easily with Plan A! Even if it is not your favorite, just think how much time you would save to work on a new quilt if you didn't have to do all that ripping! Good decision to think on it a bit; then whatever you choose will be the best for you. You can't go wrong with any of the three! ---"Love

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  7. I think A looks great with the gold, but agree with others seeing the stars in B is lovely too. I also really like your heading for your blog - it's rainbows everywhere!

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  8. They all look good, very pretty, I'd choose the least amount of ripping, good luck with it all!!

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  9. My favorites are A and C. I love the way the gold frames everything in A, but I also like the completed stars in C. I would do what will make you the most happy in the long run. They all look beautiful with how it hangs on the bed.

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  10. I love plan C but they all are beautiful and after it's done no one will know which was which so you must please yourself.

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  11. I have to say B is my favourite (I love the finished stars). If it was me I wouldn't even consider all that ripping! I'd either find a way around it or go with a different idea.

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  12. Letting is simmer a while is usually a good idea. The answer will come to you while you are doing something else. I really like plan C, but they are all good, so you can't go wrong!

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  13. It is much better to walk away and take a break before making your final decision instead of rushing in and doing something just to get it finished. All of your options look great!

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  14. I love the layout for B..... but since I don't like taking things apart (especially long things to sew) I'd go with the easiest solution. I could easily see version B in blue,cream and gold =).
    Good luck with your decision.

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  15. I like plan C but it is your decision. I like the stars dipping down and the red border. It is a very pretty quilt, letting it sit a little will help you make the best choice. I love the colors, they look so warm and inviting.

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  16. Well plan A looks beautiful and I sure do think the quilt is amazing with any of the options. Of course I would not unsew all those seams soooo.
    It will be fantastic whichever one you choose in the end.

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  17. I will be very unhelpful and say that any of those Plans would be lovely - I just love the actual quilt so much! Just wonderful colour combinations. Looking forward to seeing how you do actually finish it now! xCathy (ps Giveaway at mine!?)

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  18. I know I would choose A because it's the most straight forward but B is nice with the stars going into the border. However, nothing could be so bad as to prefer doing your tax return, eek!!

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  19. I like Plan C. Not sure if my comment is now after the fact, but I know you're pulling this baby back out right away... LOVE the stars biting into the border.

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