Sew Sundays – December 31, 2017

Sew, it’s Sunday.

I’ve been working on #1 from my PHD list.  Its a quilt for the granddaughter of my dear friend. My friend’s daughter asked me to make it and have it ready for the arrival of their second child.  It will be given to their first child to combat any jealousy that might ensue.

In my 2.5 years of quilting I’ve encountered some quilts that seem to resist my good intentions.  This appears to be one of them.

I started with a plan to use a pretty block I found.


But the quilt needed to be pinks and purples.  I went fabric shopping but struggled to find the right balance between too much colour and not enough.  I thought I had come up with the right formula.

But now that the blocks are sewn together it is just not working for me.  I’m not sure why, its just not saying “wonderful” to me.


I haven’t decided if I want to un-sew sections and separate some sections by adding sashing, or even blank background squares.  I made a twisted ribbon border for the sides, but there again I haven’t decided if that will add-to or take away from the overall quilt.



What do you think?

Have you ever encountered a quilt that just needed extra encouragement to make it just right?

Enjoy your Sunday’s and happy sewing!

Author: tlcquiltsblog

I started quilting June 2016 after the announcement that my first grandchild would arrive February 2017. It was an instant and complete only wish I had started earlier.

11 thoughts on “Sew Sundays – December 31, 2017”

  1. The various colors are scattered nicely in the quilt, nothing overpowers anything else. I’d go with your initial judgement and finish it as it is. It is beautiful, AND it is for someone else. It’s the perfect little girl’s quilt, so go with what you have and finish it as it is.

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  2. I like the quilt! I think it may be as someone above suggested that those aren’t your favorite colors. I like the twisted ribbon border with it too. The only thing I might do (just might) would be to add a darker border on the outer edge instead of the lighter pink. Hard to say without seeing it, but that might make funnel the sightline. I like the fabric used on the lower right tulip, the one that looks like pink and purple flowers on a blue background, maybe it’s a batik?

    Also, quilts have a way of taking on a new look after they have been quilted, and what seemed out of place before, fits in perfectly.


    1. Thanks Marti. I hadn’t thought of that but you’re right…the final product looks different after the quilting.
      I agree that a darker outer border would work but unfortunately I would need to buy more fabric for that so I’m going to default to using what I have.
      And yes, the fabric you mentioned is a batik. There are a few batiks in the mix. Good eye!


  3. Hi Terry, I agree with the other 2 ladies. It’s stands well alone or with the border. Could it be you are not a purple and pink person? I’ve made quilts before with colours that don’t speak to me (eg. Gold, brown, cream, green) and nothing I could do made it speak to me….but others sure liked it!


  4. Hi Terry,
    I think the quilt looks great as well! You have certainly met the goal of using pinks and purples yet those yellows and low volume prints balance them out nicely. I like the twisted ribbon border as well, and if it’s needed for the width then definitely keep it. I think after you sleep on it tonight you’ll like it much better in the new year. I agree with Gail . . . leave it as is, quilt it and you will make one little girl very, very happy. ~smile~ Roseanne


  5. Terry, this quilt looks awesome! I think the colours are well balanced throughout the quilt. I like the twisted ribbon, but it looks fine without it. My advice: leave it as it is, quilt it and call it done! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the feedback Gail.
      The twisted ribbon serves a purpose..the quilt needs to be wider to fit her bed.
      I will sleep on it one more night I think, and then post when I’m done.
      Happy New Year! 🌾


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