I was all set to post yesterday and realized I didn’t have any new photos for you. So, I spent today quilting! Now I have photos!! One of my guilds had their challenges due tonight. the challenge was beyond borders. The idea was to focus on the border and bring it into the quilt. I had an “old” rail fence quilt from a number of years ago sitting and patiently waiting to be finished. Soooo, I fused some extra border fabric and began adding it to flow into the center of the quilt. (see fussy cutting a few months ago) I love how it turned out. And it worked for the challenge and another UFO is complete!!
I didn’t think about taking a before photo, but below is the finished quilt. I will probably use it as a table topper for Christmas.
I quilted the raw edges of the ironed on bits. This saved me from stitching around the applique and they having to then quilt around it also. I wanted the added bit to get the highlight in the quilting. I found a great gold thread that worked well, a little shine but not metallic. A couple of close ups below.
I kept the inside quilting simple, as I wanted all the focus on the border and not much would show with the busy fabrics.
#1 – Save some time…raw edge applique as you quilt.
#2 – My detailed quilting is in the border. Putting the focus on the poinsettias, not the center rail fence.