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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Border Colors & Starting a Quilt Group

Do you have a favorite color to use for borders? I do. It seems like I use blue a lot. I guess for me blue is a "finishing" color. It mentally frames the quilt and says "the end". If my quilt has blue in it, I tend to use a blue for the border. The darker the better, staying within the color scheme of the quilt. The background of the border print in the Paddington quilt is blue.

The border for the tractor quilt is blue. The border for tilted animals is blue. My nephew's soccer quilt had a navy blue border.

And now the border for "boy oh boy" is blue. I started a piano key border, but it wasn't doing anything for me. I had yardage in a yellow, a mint green, and the blue. I didn't like the yellow a bit. I tried the green, but it didn't say "the end". So I tried the blue and it worked! It gave me the "edge" I was looking for.

And about starting a quilt group ... several ladies at church have commented on the quilts I've been working on/recently finished (most end for church babies). I'm thinking of seeing if anyone is interested in getting together once or twice a month to work on quilts - I can either supply directions/instruction or they can work independently. Any suggestions?



Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I do think it helps when you can get together with others to quilt. I used to do that with my buddies at least twice a month. It was amazing what we accomplished, between talking, and laughing and making mistakes :-)

Jennifer said...

I like the blue too. It is a good border color, esp. when you use a lot of it in your quilts. I think having a quilting group is great. It will give you other like minds and will likely increase your own creativity. I suggest meeting at least twice a month. My bee meets two times a month at a member's house and then once a month for a work day, which is really nice. Good luck getting it started!

Moneik said...

Love the quilts and blue is one of my favorite colors too. Good luck getting a quilting group started. It's always so much fun to sew with others. My group sews once a week, but i think it's a bit too much, so 2 times a month sounds good, at least when you're getting started.

piecesofpatti said...

Your quilts are great! I love blue also. It is a great color. We get together at our church once a month. There are only a handful of us that come regularly, but sometimes we have a large group. Everyone is encouraged to come to work on whatever craft they like. We spend the whole day together and have a potluck lunch. Sometimes we get a lot of sewing done and other times we get a lot of talking done. Most of the time we do both. It is a great time! Good luck with your group!

BitnByAQuiltingBug said...

Patti is right. Sometimes we get a lot done and other times...not so much! But I always seem to learn something, and get to hang with my friends! We just set it up to meet on the second Saturday of the month. If the building is being used that day, we put it in our church bulletin and change it to the 3rd Saturday.

jillquilts said...

You might need to just have a first meeting and see what kind of interest there is and whether they want to work on their own stuff or do a class or group project. Either have a majority vote or let people do whatever their option is.

Some people who are starting may need the 'class' and some others who have lots of UFO's may just want to get together for the companionship of sewing and hanging out with friends.

I would say that you should just play it by ear and set up a time and make the announcements for the first meeting.