Thursday, November 13, 2008

Progress on Porcelainberry

Yesterday -- or the day before -- I posted a picture of Porcelainberries, which I've only ever seen just the one time. But their beauty made a lasting impression on both Joe and me.

Since I've been sick this week with the crud, I've spent pretty much time with Porcelainberry, the Quilt (you should be able to click on the picture to make it larger). I've taken more pains with it than usual, pinning and pinning and pinning to make sure every seem was perfect. Pressing meticulously. And it has all paid off. Tonight I put the rows together and the corners on and now it is ready for the next step, the borders. I'm pleased with the way the center floats on the background triangles. I have some magenta fabric and plan to use that for a very narrow next border and then a final wider border of the same fabric used for the setting triangles.

Earlier in the week I had considered making the narrow border 1" HSTs from the magenta and the aqua, and have since thought better of it. I don't want to draw the eye away from the center of the quilt, and I believe that busy of a border would do just that.

What do you think?




11 comments:

Sheila in Ohio said...

Very pretty, Nancy. Very soothing.

Suzan said...

Gorgeous! The colors are wonderful. I think I would go with the more "mundane" border treatment to finish the quilt. Anything else might very well detract from the beauty of the blocks.

The Calico Cat said...

Very pretty. (I would be tempted to end it now, binding it with the magenta...)

QuiltingFitzy said...

Very, VERY lovely!

I think I'd go with 2 very skinny borders. One in a dark green and then one in the background green then bind with that same background color. I'd not make either border wider than 1" finished.

Whatever you do, will only highlight this quilt's beauty.

Well done.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

It's fantastic, Nancy; a real dazzler.

Salem Stitcher said...

That is beautiful! You're right, a busy border would detract from the center. Actually, I think it is perfect as is without any border at all. The setting triangles frame it wonderfully all by themselves.

ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

Lovely, and my colors....I never heard of those berries before seeing them on your blog. I too like the way it floats.

Laurie said...

Would you believe I had a dream that combined this quilt, crayons, your real picture of Porcelainberries (which i'd never heard of before) and the election?

I dreamed that the country was an election map, and that all of the votes were crayons, and the Democrats were represented by all the colors in your quilt/berries. And Republicans were warm colors, except there weren't any -- just armloads and armloads of cool-colored crayons. It was a nice dream.

But I need to lay off the Nyquil.

Gretchen said...

I love Porcelainberry, the Quilt and the story behind it. Maybe you could use the photo of berries for your label. I think a narrow border of magenta and another of the setting sounds perfect or you could do no border and bind it with magenta too.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

I think its lovely and I appreciate it even more with the way you explain and express your thought process and experience with it. I love that. Its a delicacy.

sweetnstacked72 said...

Gorgeous!!! I love the colors. I think a simple border that will not distract from the lovely center would be nice .Keep up the Good work, Amy