Lovely Rainy Afternoon

Ah, the perfect rainy afternoon: both children happily at school, a mug of hot tea with lemon, and time to quilt. I even mopped the kitchen floor this morning, so I don’t feel too guilty about ignoring the other housework (dusting!) to quilt.

As I mentioned, once I finished the fall placemats and table cover, I wanted to resume work on an unfinished project. There were many to choose from! I opted for this one, which I last worked on about a year ago, during the summer of 2008 when we were at our Substitute House. I don’t exactly know when I started working on the quilt. It may have been another year ago. I know I found the multi-color theme fabric before James was born because we briefly considered it for his Aunt and Grandma Baby Quilt before we found the hot air balloons at Field’s in Holland.

In any case, I decided that I wanted to make a card trick lap quilt for our family room using the multicolor print (which you can’t see well in this photo – I’ll take a close-up and post it later – must get children from school now) and several batik-ey solids. When I put the project away as we were preparing to return to the Construction House from the Substitute House, I had all the blocks done and had just started on the sashing and the joining of blocks. In the last week, I’ve been able to finish the sashing and sew all the blocks together, so it looks like this: (Productively increases significantly around here once school is in session!)

I haven’t made any definite decisions about the borders yet. Any thoughts? I was thinking about a 2″ white border and then a thicker border of the multicolor print. Binding in the multicolor print or using the leftover batik solids if I have enough?

2 Responses to “Lovely Rainy Afternoon”

  1. Cathy says:

    Oooh, fun! I love the Card Trick block. For the border, I think I’d want to repeat the motif of the sashing-and-posts, so that you have more of those posts in the quilt – they really pull it together nicely. So maybe a 2″ white border with posts? But then if you went to a wider border of the multicolor print, the posts wouldn’t “float” the way that they do in the middle of the quilt.

    Hm. It’s a puzzle.

  2. Marty says:

    I love the bright colors! My first thought would be a border in color–a frame. But part of the fun of designing quilts is that there are lots of options, most of which are very good.

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