One big step closer...

Mum and I worked like demons last night from 5 - 9pm piecing the blocks. I really didn't want to waste all of this week, as I don't have it to waste. Seeing all the blocks together has given me some good direction, although I would still love suggestions.
What I have decided to do is NOT stitch on the seams, but to carry on seams and motifs where possible, thru seams, and stitch a 'false' seams across those diamonds of black. Hopefully this will reduce the blockiness look and make it look a little more whole cloth.
My only block placement issue is those two flower posy motifs, one above the other in the top left, but I am sure I can 'fix' it in some way.

The other news is, I have decided I want a pieced border. YIKES...remember only one month to complete. It will have a two inch black border around the blocks, then the pieced border. I have two ideas here. One, stick with the all black and basic seam treatments in colour, OR do the border in in the colour, using the colours I have used in the blocks, as well as pulling in some other silks, and do only black stitching on the blocks. My intent is that it would be a 'quiet' and 'heavy' element around the quilt (dull, muddy colours). I would really appreciate your ideas about this. I will probably piece a little of both and see what y'all think, but I really need to finish the centre first. The border will come if I have time. Mum suggested "bagging" the quilt so I could add a border later if I wanted to. So it will definitely get a border, it's just a question of when.

So its all go. I need to try and match my hundreds of sassa lynne threads before night fall.

6 comments:

Debra said...

Just beautiful and I like the idea of a colored border to play off the colors in the blocks.

Is this for a contest or special exhibit?

Possibilities, Etc. said...

This is a work of art - besides being quite elegant on the black. I have studied your embroidery on it up close with interest - some great motifs with chain stitch!!

Emmy said...

so so beautiful and so many wonderful stitches
a real art work

Marie Alton said...

Awesome Jo ... wonderful to see all the pieces together...it just jumps! Looking forward to seeing what you do on the border.

Wendy said...

Gorgeous is all I can say, simply gorgeous. Jo you have done an exceptional job on this quilt. Can't wait to see your borders. This is a wonderful treasure to pass down through the generations to come. Is this for your bed?

Mermaid's Purse said...

This is looking really lovely!