Black CQ- latest installment

Here we are with the border on. Getting the border on has lifted a huge amount of pressure off me...because I love it just the way it is!! So there won't be any pieced border, black or coloured , and the embroidery I had planned is also going to be scaled way back. There will be a little bit in the corners, but not much. I think the blocks need to speak for themselves.
This is also means I can spend more time on finishing up the blocks in the middle. In some places it is just a matter of one or two stitches to take a seam over the join in the blocks. It is a little difficult trying to match the right Sassa Lynne thread, but in most cases, close enough is good enough. You can see my little post it notes everywhere telling me what to do.
I am so freaking inspired by seeing this coming together as a quilt.....I am already planning next years. The idea has changed several times (today), but so far, it will involve cream(ish) piecing (curved - ah la Allie), lots of texture added with tatting, and embellishment in autumn shades.


Edited: Elizabeth's comment hit the nail on the head. The quilt is getting easier on the eye. The border now gives a difinitive boundery that tells the eye to "stop". While the centre is busy, busy, busy,  your brains knows it won't go on forever. I am going to stitch away finishing up the centre, then I will decide if I will do anything more than bind.

edited again: this was taken outside today. The colours are far better. The border will be blacker  once the quilted is batted (flannel sheet) and backed.


26 comments:

Hideko Ishida 石田英子 said...

Jo, it's beautiful!! I am looking foward to your next quilt too. Hideko

Marty52 said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! I think that pretty much describes it. Superb, my dear!

TattingChic said...

Oh, the plain black border is absolutely perfect! It offsets the beautiful quilt "innerds" just right! you've done a lovely job on it!

Elisabeth Braun said...

With each update it's getting easier and easier on the eyes! You're doing such a great job here and looks like you're on target for completion as well!

NuvoFelt said...

Yes, Jo, that black border is perfect. Thanks again for sharing.

Paula Hewitt said...

I really like the plain black border - it sets of the bocks nicely.

quiltlion said...

Really, beautiful! ......Lyn G

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Totally, beyond a doubt, AWE-some!! Have I said that before?? Oh how I wish I could see it in person.

Lisa said...

Jo ~ this is gorgeous! The black borders really pulled it together. I also love the way that extending the seam treatments into the next block makes it flow. Just beautiful!

Marie Alton said...

Wow Jo ... I love the black border! You are so right...it is definitive...and tells the eye to stop. Awesome job, girl! Like MA...I'd love to see it in person...pics just never do quite capture the real beauty!

Ati. Norway. said...

Jo it looks great !!
As the others say, also I would leave the border as it is. The plain black emphasis the gorgeous middle part. great work!

Cheryl said...

Jo, you must be so proud of this piece! The larger CQ's are just sooo impressive just for the sheer determination and hours it takes to get them done. And with your beautiful stitching skills, it couldn't get any better!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Complete Super wow.
This is a masterpiece.

Marci said...

This quilt is amazing. I have been following the progress, and printed some block pictures for my inspiration book.

Freda Butler said...

Hi Jo

This is a red ribbon winner. Just gorgeous and the plain border is perfect. Amazing how we manage to know when to stop and you sure did. I think MaryAnne, Marie and I need a field trip to see this in person. Possibly could persuade Allie to come along. Just dreaming.

Hugs

FredaB

konnykards .. Musings of a Senior Citizen said...

I have loved seeing the blocks in Flickr - and all together they are fantastic - many thanks for sharing.
I'd be disappointed it had been completed if I didn't see that more will be coming! Connie.

Charlene said...

I was worried that the pieced border would take away from the beauty of the blocks, but I see you've decided that, too. It is absolutely stunning!!

Maddie Can Fly said...

What can I say that hasn't already been said? It is a feast for the eyes. My favorite is the spider web in the upper right hand block.

meggie said...

Seriously lovely quilt!!

blackbearcabin said...

absolutely lovely!!!
very inspiring :)

Cathy K said...

This is truly an exquisite work of art! Congratulations on sticking to it. It's absolutely gorgeous, and I love the plain border. Hugs, Cat

Candi said...

Oh Jo, it's just gorgeous!!! I always enjoy visiting you, you do such lovely work!
hugz:)
Candi

Connie said...

I love everything you do and this is no exception, I'm impressed you can do something so big and equally perfect tiny things like your tags.

WendyK said...

A fabulous piece of work

Melusine said...

Wow - it is turned out very well indeed. Congratulations on a job being executed very well ... and I am looking foward to seeing the "finished" pictures.

Fibra Artysta said...

This is AMAZING!!! Really gorgeous work!