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!