The Masterpiece by Javan

The Masterpiece by Javan

We are born into the world like a blank canvas and each person that crosses our path takes up the brush and makes his mark upon our surface - So it is that we develop - But we must realize there comes a day that we must take up the brush and finish the work. For only we can determine if we are to be just another painting or a Masterpiece.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sweethearts Day with a Little Progress

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
~Maya Angelou~
What a true and beautiful sentiment.

This has been a year of blessings, a year of challenges and a year of finishes
and most definitely a year of reflection.
Sweethearts Day is almost here...

Made with Doillies
I have been adding a few things around the house.
Most of my good stuff is still packed in boxes in the garage.
Husband has discouraged me from buying more.

I am now working on my Civil War Tribute BOM quilt from 2010.
I had ten months completed and put it aside -
not sure why but pretty sure I had a good reason.

 The bad part is I did not discover that I had been shorted one of the fabrics
 for Block 10 until this week and the shop no longer has the fabric.
I was able to substitute another fabric for the one missing.

Need to do Block 11, which is 36 inches, and then number 12 is the borders.
What do you think about that saw-tooth border?  I see it as a nightmare for my long-arm quilter and
 I think I need to add another narrow border on the outside cut from the length of the fabric,
 or just maybe
I could "sandwich" the sawtooth border between the existing borders to keep
it from stretching and becoming wavy.
I would love to hear what you would do.

I completed Unit two from the Just Takes 2 Mystery quilt.
I am really enjoying all the different blocks.

One paperpieced block ended 6-1/4" instead of 6-1/2" -  go figure - 
I checked and the 1/4" seams are correct. Wonder how I can make the
foundation larger - it is the middle block on the bottom.

  If I remake it, guess I would trim larger instead of what
the foundation calls for.
Those that know me, also know that I will fix it. LoL

What can I say, I try so hard not to be perfect,
but sometimes the little ugly demon rears it's little head.

  I love all the different blocks and techniques...
some really do remind me of my fabled "Dear Jane" quilt blocks -
the quilt that is destined to become a beautiful Dear Baby Jane.

Ina Garten from Food Network said that people will forget what you served them for dinner,
but they will never forget what you served them for dessert.

Wishing you happiness along your journey
and delight in your achievements
with award winning quilts. Judy C


Michelle May said...

That is my most favorite quote of all as it is sooooooo true! Oh my gosh Judy, your Civil War quilt is so beautiful! Well done girlfriend! That sawtooth border might be troublesome, but oh do I like it just as it is. If you do add a small border, a darker fabric would be pretty. But, if you can get by without it, I would. It's lovely.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Just a gorgeous quilt! I agree with Shell - love it as it, but you could discuss it with your longarmer - work it out together. I find some of those pdf print smaller than true scale and always leave extra around then square/trim to ruler measurement rather than trim line.

Susan In Texas said...

That quilt has more teeth on it than I have ever seen before! It positively bristles with them. 8) It should be really lovely when you get them all done, and what an accomplishment. Whew! My vote goes towards having a plain border to stabilize it because it would be a shame if it became wavy. Or perhaps you could stabilize the border with a soft "leave-in" stabilizer? Or make sure to cut the outer edge on the straight grain of the fabric. I've never had to deal with something like this before, so I'm not much help.

Your Takes 2 blocks look great too. So far, all I've done is print out the first two sets of patterns and buy the embroidery pack. lol

Take care,
Susan in Texas

Janet O. said...

That Civil War quilt is a beauty. I would be inclined to use a length-of-grain strip on each side of those little HSTs to keep it stable.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I would do the same thing that Janet O. suggested for your CW border, those HSTs are too pretty not to include; but I'd stabilize them with an outer border. As far as that foundation pieced block, I am afraid that I suffer from that same affliction that you do, I'd be compelled to make another... it must be the way we're wired. I love that dessert quote, thanks for sharing!

taylorsoutback said...

Magnificent Civil War quilt, Judy!
I tend to go along with the suggestion of leaving it as is...sometimes a simple basting stitch around the entire edge will help to control any stretching...

Great quotes by the way.

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Such pretty things - and pretty sentiments, too! Love your Valentine quilts - and the Civil War is beautiful. If you like it the way it is, you could just do like and eighth inch stay stitch all the way around the outside as soon as you finish. But, I think it would be prettier to add a little border outside! The red and white blocks are adorable :)!! Hugs!!

Diane said...

love the quilt and the sawtooth border will be fine if you follow the above advice and I would add, if you feel nervous about them spray a little starch on them when/if you press them during piecing. Machine basting 1/8" from the edge all around after the top is complete will hold them just fine. (It is a good idea to do that on any quilt that doesn't have a plain containment border)-essential if you have your tops longarmed.

Joanne Lendaro said...

the red and white is going to be beautiful!! Weird that the one block would be a little larger, especially since it was paperpieced.

The Civil war guild is unbelievable!! Love all of the fabrics!

Marty, Marty, Marty...good thing he's such a sweetie. All of your heart quilts are great, love them all!

hugs to my original Judy!