Friday, March 12, 2010

Grace is Back . . . . .

My Shangri La containment border fabric arrived yesterday, allowing me to put the finishing touches on State of Grace. Yes, Grace is back, now that she's done and I love her, I decided to drop State of Chaos and go back to Grace!

When I started this project, if someone would have told me that I had to use the tone on tone green as my containment boarder I would have thrown a fit. But once the inner blocks were connected, and I auditioned all the other color options, I thought the green was the best choice. I was leaning towards red, but once I put the red up on the design wall, it was easy to see that red added nothing to the overall look of the quilt.


This is lifetime quilt number 56 and has 732 pieces. I started this quilt on 2/27 and finished it on 3/10. Twelve days! Before I started this quilt I thought it would take the better part of a month. One of the reasons I didn't get to this kit sooner was that I thought it would take quite a bit of time. I was wrong! It all went together pretty easily. It finished at 61 x 72. I have a 63 inch span on my bannister where I like to hang quilts, this will be a perfect fit. I'm so glad I reduced the block size from 8 to 6 inches.



Darlene/Quilting Daze blogged last week about her March goals for the Charming Guys and Girls Quilt Club. One of her goals is to quilt and bind an adorable quilt from the Schnibbles pattern State Fair. I liked the whole quilt but the one thing that really caught my eye was what I thought were two cute thin containment borders. When I left a comment about the borders Darlene told me that one of the borders was called a "peeper" border. It's just a strip of fabric, folded in half, pressed and sewn on the same time the border is added. I had never heard of a "peeper" border. I googled it hoping to find some instructions, "peeper" got a couple million hits but no "peeper border". There's really nothing to it and I was able to add a red peeper border between the tone on tone green and brown floral borders.

The fabric I used for this top, Shangri la, has popped up on a couple of blogs just this week. Sherri/A Quilting Life is using Shangri la for the Jelly Roll Sampler Quilt Along, and Heather/Quilt or Stitch is working on two quilts using this fabric. They are both amazing, although I don't think you can make a bad quilt using this fabric.

Thanks Lisa/Stashmaster for selling this kit!! I never would have made this quilt if you hadn't decided to part with it!

Finally, thanks to all for helping me through my fabric drama, I could not be happier with our choice!



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23 comments:

  1. Well, it's gorgeous! I think that you ended up with choice 2, right? I love it...

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  2. Just beautiful, Thelma! I'm glad you triumphed over chaos! Another project to be proud of!

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  3. It is really pretty!! A wonderful project to have completed.

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  4. Looks great and the green border is perfect! Love that peeper border too. I'll have to try that.

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  5. Thelma it is BEAUTIFUL! Breathtakingly beautiful...love the borders...the peeper is PERFECT!

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  6. It's great! It would have been awful if Shangri-la was chaotic, seeing as it's a place of peace and all....hehehehe

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  7. the quilt is beautiful . . . here in Massachusetts we call that peeper border a "flange" . . . not sure if you will find it that way . . . but maybe

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  8. The border you are describing is called a "flange", as Cheryl said.
    Your State of Grace quilt is beautiful, and I can't believe you cranked it out as fast as you did. You sure do buckle down on your projects when you put your mind to it. I need some of your discipline!

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  9. Beautiful! I love how it turned out. And the green is so perfect.

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  10. Wow it turned out great! I'm glad its back to 'Grace'. :-) The 'peepers' are also called flange borders, there's a you tube video. ;-)

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  11. State of Grace is gracefully beautiful. Awesome job, Thelma. Yes, it's a flange but I like peeper better. LOL

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  12. It turned out really beautiful, and the small flange border is a good frame for it. You did a great job with this quilt. I will have to try out the flange border too :D Good idea!

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  13. Grace is beautiful! I'm sure she'll display so well
    in your home. I cannot believe how fast this went, and with you downsizing the pattern, too. (that probably would have slowed me to a crawl)
    :-} pokey

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  14. I love your Grace! Still can't believe you were able to make it so quickly. Love the peeper border as well. Great touch!

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  15. I love shangra-la and the pattern you used for it! It's beautiful!

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  16. Looks beautiful. We call it a flange border here also. I like the looks of them, but they always confuse me a bit when it comes to quilting. Do I quilt around the flange? Do I just go right on over it, unintentionally securing it here and there? Another inner border that's fun is a small piping. It adds some fun to the quilt's edge.

    Have a good weekend! I look forward to seeing what project you start next.

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  17. That is so pretty! The green was the perfect choice, along with the red flange. Nicely done!

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  18. That is really beautiful and you took a lot of the guess work out of the pattern for any one else that decides to make it. I really like the tiny red border, and of course, the fabric is beautiful.

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  19. Great choice using the green. And I think "flange" is the correct term, I just call it a "flap". Easy and adds such charm.

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  20. This is fantastic. The borders all work so well with your piecing. Truly a winner!

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  21. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DapTlyxKuY8

    Wonderful quilt! I'd never heard peeper before but do know flange. Here is a video for you.

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  22. Wow...it's terrific! Great job! Love how all your decisions came together!

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