Wednesday, July 1, 2015

disheartened

Well sort of. sigh.


I've made two borders for this quilt and both of them are just wrong. Remember these?


Fail.

No really. The border I made from these was out of scale and swamped the delicate design of the quilt centre.

Another attempt was lacklustre at best.

In the original Figtree pattern, Joanne used a print for the border.

http://www.figtreequilts.com/
Figtree Quilts - Rosettes reproduced by kind permission
Frustratingly, I have purchased three different prints for that border and none were quite right. Yellowy creams and dirty greens when what I wanted was a soft blue.

So no more purchasing from the internet and so far quilt shop offerings are falling short. 

In the meantime, my EPP project is receiving some attention.

17 comments:

  1. Oh Ann, how frustrating! It's such a pretty quilt that it will be worth waiting for just the right border. I have never bought fabric online unless I was looking to find a bit more of something I already had, because I worried about colour, but I'm spoiled with a very well-stocked shop in town (about 10,000 bolts to choose from!).

    Until the right border comes along you have a lovely project to occupy you. Your EPP is stunning! The fabrics look so rich, and your work is so precise. It's going to be a gorgeous piece!

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  2. Oh how disappointing you can't find the right fabric for your border.....it will find you sooner or later. Your EPP is stunning.

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  3. I think I would be looking for a more bolder colour for the border....sometimes a delicate centre can benefit from a bolder fabric border...I like a contrast...the original looks wishy washy to me...good luck Ann

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  4. What about trying just the background fabric for the border? And then a coloured binding? Know what you mean about trying to buy things from the net. Bought some fabric the other day that I thought was purple.....it was brown in real life! 😳

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  5. Oh no. It is so frustrating when you can't find the fabric you want. Have you considered a red/rust color to pull those vibrant colors from your blocks? I just love your EPP stars. So rich and vibrant and beautiful. Sometimes the quilt needs a time out until the 'right' fabric or thought comes along. Good luck.

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  6. Bummer Ann. Hope a fabric will pop up you can use. Maybe try to find some of the fabric used in the stars. Hard to change when we already have a picture in our minds eye of what we want! The EPP looks like a Seven Sisters block...;-) Lola

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  7. I too would probably try to find one of the darker colors for a border on that gorgeous quilt, but I also recall how it feels to want a "blue" border or quilt from my UGRR quilt. Keep trying; you'll find what you want one day when you least expect it. In the meantime, working on that bright and cheerful star quilt should lift your spirits. ---"Love"

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  10. It's just amazing that with all the different fabrics out there it is sometimes impossible to find just what you want. Amazing, but true. Keep looking - it has to be somewhere! Good luck!

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  11. I feel your pain! Borders are the hardest fabric choice for me and I don't buy much more than scraps online any longer there's just too many technology factors that don't allow the proper color to show. (Don't get me started on greens in digital photography!) Keep trying.

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  12. Sorry; I don't know where those two duplicates came from! Delete two of them from there, or maybe I can. ---"Love"

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  14. That is disappointing. Something will show up. I also like the idea of using background fabric and a colored binding if you have more of the background fabric.

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  15. Such a beautiful quilt. The failure of borders maybe just means it needs a rest? When you find the right border, you'll know it, I'm sure.

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  16. Oh Ann you have such talent that I have no doubt you will find the perfect fabric! Don't lose heart dear friend!

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  17. It's a beautful quilt! Be patient, the right fabrick emerge one day, out of nowhere ..... or next quilt shop :)

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