Saturday, July 11, 2015

And Then There Was One...

 I made some progress on the Don't Fence Me In quilt this week. It's the last UFO and I have procrastinated on this one time and time again. I think this fabric has aged long enough:


If I recall correctly, I bought this to make valances for a front room in the house we lived in in Texas. Plan B. A quilt. I knew I wanted to make it bigger than the 42" width of fabric and that meant I'd need to piece the strips and match the horses. I thought about it long enough that I had convinced myself that it was going to be a big mess, but once I finally gave myself a good talking to, I just gave it a shot and it didn't turn out half bad. I can live with it. No horses tails are growing out of shoulders so it'll do.


Then I had to reconstruct a pieced strip I had made many moons ago.


I have no idea how I made it, but I still really liked it and I needed to make more. I didn't have a pattern and apparently those particular brain cells have ceased to exist so new brain cells were called into action. I had run out of the original fabric so new fabric was pulled and cut and pieced. I snuck (I was always taught that wasn't a word and 'sneaked' is the proper form, but that sounds awkward) in a few minutes here and there and after 10 days I finally had a quilt top.


Now I have a question. To border or not to border? I've still got plenty of the brown and blue and cream and black fabrics. Presently it measures 77" x 87". I don't need it for any particular spot, but I just couldn't decide whether it would look better with or without a border. Any thoughts?

I may actually get to cross this one off the UFO list one of these days if I can stay focused. I wouldn't bet on it either. :) I've got 7 quilts at the quilters and this makes 8 so there will be lots of binding going on around here at some point and another baby quilt is in the works. Pinks and Grays and my stash is VERY limited on both.

 We've had  3" of rain since Thursday night - most of it early this morning and that means it's too wet to get around much without tearing up the roads so we're not venturing far today. We've got friends coming out to watch UFC fights tonight and fajitas and queso are on the menu I'll be donning my apron before long, but until then, I'm going to settle on a design and see what I can dig up.

12 comments:

LaVerne Bevers said...

Another pretty one! So glad that yall are getting rain! Had some more here this week- enough that I nearly got a 4 wd stuck.I usually try to avoid tearing up roads but have a new part time job working for some of the people we sell feed to ,taking care of their yearling heifers that they got in to make cows out of.Yep ,restocking.When they sold out due to the horrible drought they shipped 160 firs calf heifers... such a sad time . He is in the oil business and they have to be gone a good bit so Im the hired hand. Anyway needed to see the heifers thus nearly getting stuck

Tired Teacher said...

Personally, I'd say no borders, but I think it would look good with borders, as well. The choice is yours. ;o)

I love how you pieced the horse fabric - well done!

Kathy S. said...

These fabrics coordinate great together. Keep up the good work. Knock out those UFO's.

Janet O. said...

Really like that quilt. Nice job on the matching of horse parts. : )
I really don't think this needs borders.

Kigwit said...

I think your quilt is perfect as it is. Great job on the matching!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

I'd say just quilt and bind. Lots of action there with those mustangs running across the Mesa anyway. Your last UFO??? You go, Girl!!!!

Congrats on the rain!! We have 43.27 inches for the year and now the temps are rising which equates STEAM. Good time to stay in and quilt!!!

Pauline said...

That's a cute, cute quilt. For a boy or a young girl who's "horsey." Browns and blues are a favorite color combination. Looks like I'm in the minority, but I think it needs a border for a more finished look. Since I see all those squares, I would make a (finished) 1½ inch first band in that light beige, Then a 3 inch (finished) outer band in the blue, and the binding in that same blue. To me, that would "close" it up, make it look finished. Congratulations, you've done what few others have done. No UFO's! Now start something new!
We had the rain this spring, now it looks like a jungle here. But alas, summer is here and it's hot and dry. Coo wet spring and I'm hoping that doesn't mean we're in for a cold, cold winter.

Judy said...

That's a very nice quilt. I think you could add or not add a border. Maybe put the colors you like at the edge of the quilt and see if you like it. I only add because it frames the quilt or the edges of my quilt will go into the binding! Enjoy your rain. Sure wish we would get some in California.

Dar said...

Very cute quilt. I say - no border is needed. Love the piecing you did on those in between rows.

Chiska said...

I'm a border nut--I think almost everything needs a border--just so you know where I'm coming from. I think it would be great to add a border.

Anonymous said...

I vote for borders and something color wise to calm it down. You did a good job making it (as usual). I have had SERIOUS WITHDRAWL not reading anything from you lately. I was worried that something happened to the cattle. LOVE THIS BLOG and your life and your quilts and your family.

juliehallfeldhaus said...

We watch the UFC fights too!!! Some of my friends can't figure us out because of it tho:) We are looking forward to the Aug 1st fight between two undefeated gals:) I always love your western quilts!

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