|Proposed Jingle Borders|
As you can see, there's a gap between the center medallion and the striped border that will be filled with another fabric and I haven't decided what that will be yet. Green? Red metallic? Gold? I'm only cutting one strip at a time because I have to press down on my acrylic ruler with my left arm for rotary cutting, and my left trapezius muscle (giant triangle that extends from my left shoulder to the middle of my upper back and all the way up my neck) has decided that the week before Christmas is a good time to spasm... I'm alternating moist heat with ice packs and taking muscle relaxers and pain meds, but I'm trying to use that muscle as little as possible so it can heal. Very annoying!
|Something Like This?|
I am not even sure I like this idea anymore. I go back and forth between loving this border print and hating it. I did use a fair amount of metallic fabrics in my pieced blocks and applique, so this border print is supposed to tie those in, balance out all of that red and green, and make the whole thing look a little less cutesy. I like how it frames the center medallion like a picture frame, especially if I do a good job mitering the borders. At this point I need to stop second-guessing my design ideas and just GIT-'ER-DONE, you know what I mean? I started making this Jingle BOM quilt back in April of 2013 and it deserves to be finished by now. I'm planning to quilt it with a double layer of batting, add a hanging sleeve, and display it as a wall quilt during the Christmas holidays.
The other thing I've accomplished -- brace yourselves! -- is that all 36 pineapple log cabin blocks have finally been sewn together into a quilt top! YAY!!! I started this quilt in June of 2014 so I've been working on this one for four and a half years already. This one is going on my own bed, and I've selected a wool batting for warmth and dimension.
|Pineapple Log Cabin Top is Finished, Just Needs Borders!|
What you're seeing in the photo above is only half of this California King sized top. When I drape it over the rollers of my longarm machine it drapes onto the carpet on both sides.
|I Hope This Isn't Too Big for My Frame!|
This quilt is the reason that I chose a 12' frame for my longarm machine, and nearly went with a 14' instead. I really hope this fits on the frame once the borders are on! I know it will fit the canvas leaders, but I'm not sure whether the machine needle will be able to reach all the way to the outside edges. If not, well -- I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!
|The Plan: One Skinny Blue Border + One Wide Floral Border|
|My Kaffe Fassett Border Print|
So that's where I am today. I can only spend 10-15 minutes at a time cutting before I start to feel that stupid neck/shoulder muscle tensing and tightening up again, but I would love to get these two tops completed and hung in the To-Be-Quilted closet by the end of the week! The pineapple quilt sections had been spread out all over the guest room bed and I needed that cleared out so my mom can sleep there on Christmas Eve. The baby who's getting my not-yet-started clam shell quilt was born on the 14th -- that means Jingle needs to get off my wall so I can lay out the clam shells!
I'm linking up with:
- · Midweek Makers at www.quiltfabrication.com/
- · WOW WIP on Wednesday at www.estheraliu.blogspot.com
- · Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/