I finished the vine border and the large saw tooth border.
Here it is all attached and the centre finished.
Following on in Rhonda's pattern ...next step is a wide pinwheel border. I need to make and attach 112 scrappy 3" pinwheel blocks. This is an opportunity to add lots more colour if you wished.
Just a reminder - this is a photo of the original antique that we are reproducing - with the pinwheel border located between two vine borders:
|photo from Sue Prichard's book Quilts 1700-2010|
I am making my pinwheels by English Paper piecing. There was a bit of trial and error to make sure the pinwheels ended up 3" across - just adjusting the paper size to suit. The sides of my triangles needed to be just under 1 1/2" (a little smaller than the templates provided in the pattern).
Triangles ready to be whip stitched together into pinwheels. I am restricting my colours to mostly dark browns contrasting with light shirting-type prints - but with touches of bright blue and salmon pink. I'll be thrilled if it ends up looking something like the original colour scheme - because I love it!
That's two pinwheels done ...and 110 to go. But it's not about counting ...it's about playing with fabric isn't it?
Something completely different - Benjamin Biggs block 3. And this one is such a lovely pattern.
I did have a wry smile when I downloaded this pattern - and saw all the tiny stems. I had just changed my blocks from 16 inches to 12 inches ...which made the stems just that little bit smaller. Hmm...be careful what you wish for?
I had trouble managing the recommended bias stems - couldn't make them small enough somehow. So I made them with back basting, making sure to use a very fine weave fabric for the stems to reduce fraying. It worked really well for me. The only part not back basted are the cherries - because of the fussy cutting. They were just cut out, pinned and needle turned .
My son is turning 20 in three weeks and he has just told me that what he really wants for his birthday is a knitted beanie. I made him one last year and he wore it almost to death in winter, and then sadly lost it. So, guess what I will be doing every evening for a while?