Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chinese Coins II: Inner Border

One of the issues with waiting a while to take the next step is that you become accustomed to the {unfinished} look. It happens with houses as well as quilts. I've dawdled so long that I started to think this quilt needed dark on the outside. Not what I wanted.

So I finally started making an inner border for Chinese Coins II using hourglass instructions from Cultural Fusion Quilts by Sujata Shah. I cut my squares a bit smaller though. Even at this stage they lighten this quilt beautifully.

Adding an hourglass border to Chinese Coins II

The next big surprise is how much fabric it takes. I rarely have large amounts of any fabric but cutting five or six-inch squares uses it up quickly. Consequently, almost every side is composed of different fabrics.

After trimming a few squares I realized only the height needs consistency. The width can be anything. So I started trimming one direction 4.5" but kept as much as possible in the other. Don't get excited; at most this is a quarter-inch. Every little bit helps.

Sujata recently posted photos from a class where many students used the same simple hourglass shape in their medallions. Take a look here.

Enjoy the day,  Ann

22 comments:

  1. The hourglass border adds so much! And I like the variety of fabrics very much. Thanks for including the link to Sujata's post.

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    1. I enjoy seeing how other people use the same pattern. And Sujata had several on one post. Fun to compare and think.

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  2. The variation in the fabrics will make the look of this piece. After all the coins are a multitude of different fabrics. I do like the look of this latest border.

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    1. Good points, Patty. This round has lightened the quilt considerably.

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  3. I like it! This quilt just gets more and more fun!

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I'm enjoying the process, too.

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  4. This quilt just gets better and better! I always love your way of using what you have, making a wonderful mix of fabrics.

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    1. How kind of you, LeeAnn. I think many people have their own style so fabrics from their stash go well together. Yours always look so wonderful.

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  5. I didn't realize you were putting a border on this one! This border is a wonderful touch. I was just just thinking of Sujata's hourglass process the other day! Love how this wonky border gives even more depth to your quilt.:)

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    1. Sujata's method makes this an easy wonky border. It seems to work with the freehand cuts of the Coins.

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  6. Love your latest border! I think the scrappy light pinks are so effective!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. You and I are using lots of spring and early summer colors. It's one of the reasons I like your progress.

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  7. Very cool border design Ann!! Really draws out the pinks and greens!!

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    1. Thanks, Mel. I was trying to lighten up the border and noticed these colors are in the light Coins. Plus, I had just enough of these to make the sides.

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  8. It's amazing how much the hourglass round makes the rest of the quilt sparkle. I'm looking forward to the seeing how the quilt changes as you continue.

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    1. I really like Sujata's method for hourglass. It looks so handmade. Thanks for the compliments, Mary. Stay safe through the rains and floods.

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  9. Wow, those stars just POP. Looking so good with all that colour.

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    1. You're right, Julie. I hadn't realized how much this border affects the stars.

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  10. this has come together so very well what a great quilt you are going to have when completed

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    1. How kind of you, Margaret. It's not turning out like the original quilt that inspired me but I'm liking this more every time I work on it.

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  11. Every time I see this I like it more. I like, too, that your additions always surprise me just a little bit; I love a touch of the unexpected. I've left houses too long too - then I come to sell, do the work and wish I had done it years earlier.

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    1. Your quilts surprise me, too. It's always a treat to watch you pull them together.
      I have no idea why we leave home improvements unfinished till selling. Who deserves it more?

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