Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Show Your Stripes Blog Hop



 Welcome to the last day of our Show your Stripes Blog Hop. I hope you have had fun this week with all the striped projects. A big thank you to Carla for organising this blog hop. She always does a fantastic job.  Today we have the following bloggers sharing their projects.

Thursday, February 25th

Cynthia's Creating Ark         (You are Here)

I have had a busy start to the year, so the plan was to do a small project. Placemats or maybe a small table topper was the plan. I picked the fabric and cut enough to sew a sample block to check I was happy with it.

At that point something happened! I found myself picking another striped fabric and cutting into that one along the first one. I needed more blocks.  As you can see I started with the one on the left and then add the red one. Picture of bolts to prove I didn"t sew the red one.

Cutting /Sewing frenzy at this point.  A Blissful sewing session  happening. Chain piecing, the music going and so on.


All of a sudden I had 30 Four Patch blocks made and I had whipped up a small quilt rather than a place mat or table topper. 


This is where I got stuck. A border or no border? As I was sewing it I was thinking no border but then I thought a solid border and then maybe one of the stripes I used in the blocks as a border. Choices?

 So I had a little give away for you. The prize is this striped bundle below -4 x 50cm width of fabric = 2 metre of fabric.


All you have to do to be in the draw to win  this prize is let me know what you would do with the quilt top. Leave it as is, maybe add a border or two, you tell me what you think would look good. On the 1st March 2021 I will draw a winner for this prize from the comments left.

If you have missed any days of this blog hop you can find the full schedule here.

 Until Next Time

Keep Stitching

Cynthia


39 comments:

GranChris said...

Great quilt, I love stripes so much fun.

tubakk said...

Wow, you've been busy to make such a beautiful quilt. I would have put a red border around, and also the same red binding. You have to do what you like yourself.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I'd make it larger with a solid tan border with different size red circles scattered and the tan stripe as binding. A fun picnic quilt.

Stitchin At Home said...

A border would make the top you made pop. It is a beautiful top and should be showcased. However in the end it is what you like that matters.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Really fun quilt! I think I wouldn't put a border on it, but I bet I'm in the minority with that opinion!

Inflorescencedesigns said...

Great quilt! Don’t you just love when you can get lost in what you are doing and end up somewhere beautiful? I would leave as is. I think a self flanged binding would look really neat-a white or light flange with a blue binding to bring out the blue in the stripes.

Thearica said...

Your quilt is stunning as is but I would probably add a border. You could add a dark teal tonal border and applique a vine with the teal fabric that is in the quilt Add red flowers around the vine with the red fabrics in the quilt... then cut some leaves with your teal fabrics in the quilt, cutting them so they all are a little different or at least not all are alike... scatter them between the flowers. Hope I made sense. lol

Kathy S. said...

I love what Thearica (above) suggested, but that seems like too much work for me to do. I would most likely add a red border. I am a longarm quilter. I like nice solid fabrics on the edges when I quilt. I love how you utilized the striped fabrics. Nicely done.

CyndyL said...

I like how you used the striped fabrics. I would put a border on it, maybe a dark blue or even black, or dark brown with the same color for the binding. The dark background you have on your picture really makes the quilt pop. I don't think red would work it would make your red stripes be too busy and disappear in the design. Hope that makes sense.

Annie said...

How fun that without realizing it, you went from a plan of a small placemat sized project and suddenly found yourself with a small quilt! I love the block that makes a striped square. I made a very fun quilt like that some years ago. Mixing your two block designs is fun.

Nancy L said...

Love your project. I would do a 2 1/2 inch stopper border with one of your smaller prints and then a larger 5 - 6 inch border with the red. Great job!!

Connie W. said...

Wow, what creativity! I would never have seen these two fabrics work so well together! A solid light tan border with the red striped fabric used as the binding would finish this top, in my opinion, while keeping it a good size for a table. Looking forward to seeing the finished project. Thanks for sharing it.
Connie

Danice G said...

I would probably not add a border, as the quilt looks great as is. I love the red pops of color.

Rebecca said...

I vote on putting on a border. Maybe using a rich chocolate brown ( hard to tell with the colors on the monitor). And then a dark red ( like in your stripe) for a binding. I like the way you usesd the the shapes in the red and browns to make the squares.

Calicojoan said...

Love how the different blocks play off of each other. Great combination. I would probably go with a border with more of a tone on tone and a place for the eye to rest...but was you said, choices choices. That's the fun part of quilting. We can do whatever we want to. LOL.

Lee said...

I love your quilt as it is but do what you think you love!! The colors are awesome!

Danette said...

I think I would just quilt and bind, but who knows. I probably would be in the same dilemma.

Carol S. said...

The way those stripes join up to create that block is very interesting and pretty. Love the fabrics you chose! Thanks for sharing!

gramwind said...

I would do a small solid border, probably red, to give the eye someplace to rest, then do a wider striped border on the outside mitreing the corners to match the stripes.

sue s said...

I think I'd go with the reds as a border. This is a cute little quilt!

Sharon said...

Easy to get carried away when the sewing bug bites! You get the final say in the border decision. A narrow dark border (navy or black) would be nice, and then something to make the quilt sing. I'd let the quilt tell me what it needs, as I try different options. You'll know when you see it.

Quilting Gail said...

Love your red / white/ pink rail fence paired with the string blocks. Very unique and lovely!! Thanks for sharing!

Mandy T said...

That quilt looks amazing, love the blue/grey/brown block, it really does contrast with the red.I'd go with a small coloured border then a larger one with one of the other striped fabrics as someone else suggested. Whatever you do, it will look lovely.

Marjorie said...

Wow. That is lovely. I like borders. So I would put either a plain tan or red border and then bind it with that beautiful red material you have used in the quilt.

JANET said...

I thought the dark grey was the border, but it is just a backdrop. I think it would look good with a dark charcoal border. It brings out the background just enough to balance the reds.

Carla said...

I love what you did with striped fabric. I was first thinking this is what I needed to do and I'm so happy to see that someone did it! Love your quilt. I would probably use stripes for the border too, but then I would have to lay all the fabrics out to make a decision. Have fun with it. Thank you for joining the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop!

Karrin Hurd said...

Love your quilt and use of stripes! I would probably use stripes for the borders too like Carla suggested! Thanks so much for sharing!

Nancy said...

What a stunning quilt you designed. Thank you for sharing with us.
Just want to say, I have a large stash of fabric, so I won't enter for the giveaway. But it looks like a wonderful bundle.

Carol said...

What a fun quilt! I really like all those stripes! I would probably use solid borders, a narrow inner one and a wider outer one, but I would have to lay out fabrics to see for sure. Thanks for sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats on getting your stripe-y quilt top ready for the Show Your Stripes Blog Hop! Best of luck with the finishing and thanks for offering a giveaway. More stripe-y fun!

Darlene said...

Like how you used the stripe fabric. I think a solid navy border.

Sharon Aurora said...

Oh, I love this! I think a border in the red stripe would look great.

tink's mom said...

I used your photo of this stunning quilt as a guide. I blocked off the background and felt that the piece wasn't ending. then I left the background on and squared it off and thought it was perfect. I think I would use a dark solid. Choosing from a color in the original block.

LJ said...

Great quilt and so stripey. That pink fabric does look as though you'd sewn the strips together. My 2 cents worth says add borders. Probably a very small one in a light/off white color followed by a solid border. That last one would be either a color in the one block or the other, depending on which you wanted to highlight. Hmmm, maybe that's more than 2 cents worth. :)

DS said...

This is a great quilt top. I would probably add a red/pink border, then a smaller striped border followed by another red/pink one. But whatever you pick will be just right.

Carol Andrews said...

Cynthia your quilt is so darn cute. We often forget how those striped fabrics can be made to play. You showcased them perfectly.
If you like the size of the quilt, I wouldn’t add a border. I would do a flanged binding; a slim peek of perhaps the tan or teal and then red for the rest of the binding.
I think any borders would detract from the overall fun and motion of the blocks. 😄 Carol
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Barb said...

I think a red border around it would be great--if you wanted it wider, maybe a narrow border of off white before the red.
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Debby said...

I think no border. I have not done a quilt that way yet but I would try it here. Enjoy the process, whatever you decide!

Sue D said...

Pretty striped quilt. I would add a border in a green or tan color.
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