Feb 06 2017

Design Wall Monday 02-06-17

Some projects are just fight every step of the way and the border on the New York Beauty was one such struggle.  The only way I got anything done was sheer stubbornness.  The suggestion from the directions was to make a paper piecing pattern, so I started with that.  The paper needed to be 5″ x 42″ with 28 triangles which is a difficult length to maneuver through the sewing machine.  It didn’t help that the first time I forgot to add seam allowances on the four sides until after I had sewn on three triangles.  So start again with a new and correct paper pattern.

Paper piecing on the second pattern I sewed the second triangle on upside down, ripped it out and resewed it correctly, then sewed the third triangle so that it was short of the top.  Now it was time for Plan C.  So back to the drawing board to make a plastic triangle template and individually cut out all the pieces needed for the borders.

In addition to the paper problems, I also needed to get creative since there wasn’t a lot of extra medium gray and dark gray fabric.  In fact I ended up piecing the fabric to be able to cut out three of the dark gray triangles.

Next came the battle of the cornerstones.  At first I thought that cutting one of the extra circles into fourths would be the ticket.  I like how the cornerstones make a curved corner, but the black background was too jarring.

I decided instead to extend the tan squares into the border with the same background as the triangles.

Much better!

The new cornerstones are just what was needed, but that isn’t the end of the story.  While I was sewing on the right side border, I ran out of bobbin thread.  Winding the bobbin used all the dark gray thread on the cone and there was no more dark gray thread to be found.  That’s right – a trip to Jo-Ann’s for thread was on the list of errands for today.

Right now the New York Beauty is completed – at least according to the directions.  I have a coordinating print from this fabric line that will be used as a final border.  The background is black, so I want to see if the first cornerstones will work for this border.

However I am done fighting the quilt today, so it will probably be Wednesday before I will find time to sew on the outer border.   Hope that it goes smoother than the pieced middle border did.

Check out all the other quilt inspiration at Judy’s Design Wall Monday.


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