14 August 2011
Working Things Out
The filet crocheted lace was originally meant to be the border of a linen coverlet, but it's been sitting in my stash for several years. I'm going to use about half of it on this project. It adds the perfect touch. I've tried out different positions for the lace, but in the end, I like it best when it comes right up to the edge of the CQ'd blocks.
Once the lace was pinned on and I stepped back to look, I realized that the blocks seemed slightly out of balance. If you look at the overall picture in the last post, you'll see that in every corner except this lower left one, there is a small triangular patch that bounces the eye back into the quilt. But this corner allowed the eye to wander out, even with the lace in place. A tiny little scrap of the taupe velvet will balance things nicely! I'll have to open the border seams to put it in, but it will be worth it!
The lace has to be mitered at the corners. Now that I've figured out where the miters fall, I'll unpin it from the quilt top and stitch them on the machine and trim them before stitching them down to the quilt top by hand.
At the center of the quilt, I'm debating if I need to add a little something at the join. A button maybe? Or a little tatted or crocheted motif maybe? I'll try a few things out and see what works best!