14 August 2011

Working Things Out

Trying out the lace
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.

A new little patch
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!

Working out the Lace Corners
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
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!


Laurie said...

Wow! This is so beautiful! I love the lace border, and your stitching is exquisite!!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous lace and it frames the blocks so beautifully.

Willy said...

Hi Lisa, thank you for visiting my blog. What a beautiful creation from fabrics, lace and stitching. I like the creamy colors.
Have a nice day,

Cathy K said...

It looks so lovely, Lisa. The filet lace is the perfect touch.

JustGail said...

You did a beautiful job on this. And I think that adding the last dark corner is the right thing to do. It's one of those things that would bother you forever if you didn't.

Susan Elliott said...

i have always loved these cafe au lait blocks and remember each one that you've stitched. It's wonderful to see them all together in one large composition. Your decisions to add the taupe ribbon and the position of the filet crochet lace are spot on! But you have a very good eye...

And when was your new avatar pic taken? you look SOOOO beautiful under that rose bower...just as I might expect you to...


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