My Stitch Along for May Week 3

Posted by Ruth on 17 May 2015 | 2 Comments


Stitch Along this week was adding borders. They needed to be irregular.... if you missed the rules, check back to last Thursday.

So I needed to decide what to add for borders. I find the best way to do this is to audition fabrics to see how they might look. Just looking at the piece, I knew I wanted to continue the dark at the bottom. Mainly because I didn't like the way the color part ended abruptly at the edge. I lay a piece of the brown across the bottom.dark border added at the bottom

In my stash I found a couple of light fabrics which both had a touch of teal in them and seeing as I have included some in the background, I thought they might work well for the borders. The first piece is quite bright but blended well with the brown...first border auditioned - a bright light color with a touch of teal

The second a little duller...2nd border auditioned - a duller light color than the first but still with teal

They didn't seem to do anything for me. Usually when I like something, it just jumps out at me and says "yes". These didn't, so I played with another idea. The thought was to add more background strips onto the sides. To get an idea of how it would look, I made a mock up in my photo program adding the dark border across the top and to the sides as well.mockup of additional border options

It was better, but still not what I really wanted.... but it gave me another idea.

I decided to go with plain dark borders and use the teardrop design I'd added for my element last week to cut out some applique shapes.... I'd position these on the dark borders.

First I added a wide bottom border. I made this 6" wide. Then I made the sides and the top 2" wide so they were irregular.dark border strips added

I was definitely liking this look best of all so far.

I went ahead and drew some teardrop shapes at random on a scrap of fusible webbing.teardrop shapes drawn on fusible webbing

Then pressed them to the back of some fabric scraps, the same greenish tones I used in the background for week one.fusible webbing is pressed to wrong side of scraps

I cut them out and played around with their positions. First I grouped them but it didn't look right, then I had the idea of following on from the curved shape. I like this best as it has broken that abrupt stop somewhat.applique teardrops added

I'm definitely having fun with this. If I'd known that it would end up this way, I probably wouldn't have cut those corner teardrops out last week.

Now I'm wondering if it looks better this way.alternative look is created by tipping it on its side

What do you think?

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  • Great to hear Marilyn. I don't get a lot of time to do art quilts which I love doing, so this is a fun way to play and more fun with others join in too.

    Posted by Ruth, 19/05/2015 10:22pm (6 years ago)

  • I really like the first one but can't tell you why. It just kind of sings to me. I didn't have time to get into these exercises this month but am enjoying it. I am trying to get back into doing more art quilt things and these monthly ideas have really helped me get my brain started in that direction again. Thanks for all that you do. I feel like I am finally getting past my wall or brain block.

    Posted by Marilyn M, 19/05/2015 9:59pm (6 years ago)

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