Sunday, November 9, 2014

Time to relax!

Today, I will starting the second border of Baltimore Garden.  I must say, I am very pleased that I was able to finish up the top border on Friday.  Saturday I spent some time prepping for the bottom border.  I like the idea of prepping more, but I worried about how to keep the pieces safe while they wait to be stitched.  Then it dawned on me, I have a small 36x36 inch design wall that I use when laying out blocks to be pieced, why not keep my little pieces there. It is easy to separate each flower and I can see when I need to start doing more prep.  Seeing all of those pieces just makes me want to sit and stitch.  I must say, prep work is a bit like hiking up a mountain, but it is so worth it cause once you get there, the view is spectacular.  Kathy's post today talks about multitasking and feeling guilty! We all do that, but we also all need to take some time and really enjoy the view. That is my plan for a few hours today anyway! 


I snapped a photo of the borders laid out side by side.  What a view!  I really like the difference!  I hope you can take some time today to really enjoy some slow stitching too!  Get into the zone and enjoy the view!




 

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  1. the border does look so much different once you get the flowers on them. I multitask all the time :) it is the only way I get done with things

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    1. I think we all do! But it is good to stop and smell the roses. We are very luck to live in areas that are more laid back and we have beautiful natural surroundings that we can stop and enjoy!

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  2. I am getting as excited about your borders as you are ! :)

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    1. Yes I hurried last week to get my RSC blocks made so now I can focus on my appliqued borders for the rest of the month! Would be nice to have the top done before Christmas!

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  3. The flowers on your swags really make the border special. Enjoy your Sunday stitching.

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  4. Your flower additions are beautiful or should I say the view is spectacular. Those pieces look so small. I even loose big pieces when I'm sewing. And I agree about the prep work for anything.

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    1. Yeah they are pretty small, but they have given me lots of practice and I don't feel so intimidated by them now. I often think about how frustrated I would get when I first learned needle turn!

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  5. Love your borders Carla!!! They are looking awesome :) I bet the next one goes even faster :) Thanks for sharing a pic of all of the borders too!

    Kathi

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    1. I got half day thru the bottom border so I feel they are not going to take as long as I had thought But the holidays are coming!

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  6. The flowers give the swags a more dimensional look. It appears that the flowers are actually holding the swags in place. Just loving those colors,too.

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    1. I agree, they really make a difference! I have two completed and need to start number 3. I am finally confident this will be a top someday!

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  7. Those borders are really coming to life! I like seeing them side by side ... what a huge, huge difference those flowers make! It's going to be a fabulous quilt, and I can't wait to see it finished.

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    1. They remind me of rows in a garden. Hopefully those other flowers will soon sprout and grow and bloom!

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    1. Seeing how the flowers change the borders has given me encouragement to keep stitching!

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  9. What a difference when the flowers are added to the border. This is going to be gorgeous.

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    1. I agree they are lovely! Now to get all four borders completed!

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  10. I like that there are several types of flowers in the borders! Keep sewing!

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement. It really is about keeping at it one stitch at a time. I love the variety of flowers also.

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  11. Those swags are so pretty with the flowers--sweet!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Karen! They are like the icing on the cake!

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  12. Beautiful work. The flowers are really the stars in this border. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Chantel! I agree they save the day!

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  13. Thanks for stopping by! Quilt as you go does make it easier to machine quilt a large quilt. I usually put hand quilting on the floor frame but this way I can work on it while watching tv at night with hubby. And the person it is for would see it on the floor frame. This way it is easier to hide when he comes over.

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    1. Those are great reasons to try this. I feel so warn out when I machine quilt but this smaller scale sure would make it so much easier.

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  14. YOUR ADDITION OF THE FLOWERS REALLY ADD A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION TO THOSE BEAUTIFUL SWAGGED BORDERS. hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks Julie rose! Half way down border 2 today! I guess I need to keep plugging along.

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  15. These borders are going to be spectacular - so much lovely detail. And the way you are organised seems like a very good idea.

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    1. I often think about the original maker of this quilt. Amazing that she was able to design and make this quilt so many years ago!

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  16. Great idea to have your applique pieces prepped and ready to stitch. It helps to be organized. Lovely borders.

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    1. Yes it does! Staying organized keeps the journey enjoyable.

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  17. That will be spectacular! You are amazing!
    So glad you could join us for some slow stitching!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! It has been a long journey and still a long way to go as I hope to quilt it like the original. It is turning in to a once in a lifetime quilt for sure, but I am so enjoying it!

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  18. Oh - I need to grab extra batting and stick my pieces to it! Thanks for the idea.Your border flowers are really making those swags shine. I try to enjoy the view every day - today it was driving the kids to school with the low fog in the distance over the trees with some pretty purples and pinks in the sky highlighting the clouds. A very pretty sight. I was hitting the sunrise before the time change. Now that was spectacular every morning.

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    1. Florida does have some beautiful sunrises! We don't get to enjoy much of either here too many trees! I get a sneak peak once in a while. The batting works great, hope it helps you keep track of those pieces.

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  19. Wow the detail is so good. I'm going to enjoy watching this grow!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I am looking forward to this becoming a top hopefully sometime before next year!

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  20. Beautiful work! Love seeing them all lined up.:)

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    1. Thanks! I am looking forward to the photo of the top assembled! I know it will happen soon, sooner if I continue to stitch and stay off the internet!

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