After piecing all the blocks with the sashing and cornerstones, I found a pretty, soft olive green stripe in my stash which tones in nicely with the green in the floral strips. So I used that to make a thin framing border, and then found some off cuts of backing fabric from another ancient quilt for the outer border.
So this is what it looks like now.
I would have preferred another round of blocks to make it up to 5 x 5 as it is a little smaller than what we usually make, but them's the breaks. I also found a piece of suitable fabric for the backing, so I pieced that to size as well. All done and it will go with me to the next Stitching Hearts day.
In the process of looking for the backing for Pink Fizz, I found a parcel donated to me by my friend Di. This quilt top was in a bagged bundle she bought at a Garage Sale. All it needed (I thought) was that piece centre middle fitted into the top, then the centre seam sewn and it would be done.
It was only after I laid it out to do the centre seam, that I noticed there was something wrong. Can you see on the left hand edge, in the centre, the two blocks with the HSTs? The top one is rotate the wrong way. So it had to come out and then refitted. So a half hour job stretched to nearly 2. It is obvious when you look at it, that quite a few of these corner blocks had been set incorrectly as there is a lot of obvious restitching.
I have the top complete now, but I want to put on some borders. It is currently 58" square, which is too big for the lap quilts we make and too small as a full quilt. I am struggling a bit with what to add to it. I think it needs something to calm it down a bit, so I have pulled some blue homespun which tones with the blues in the florals. I figure I can then add in another floral fabric as a second border, but everything in my cupboard looks positively evil with it. No fabrics came with this, so I shall have to ponder it a bit more.
This morning we got an unexpected invitation to morning tea. Miss 11 had been slaving over a hot stove, and had created these for us.
Grapes, strawberries, bananas and marshmallows, skewered and drizzled with melted chocolate. She had also made a chocolate cake. Yum! I love invitations like these.
Miss 13 has been behind the sewing machine these holidays. We were invited to admire her handiwork.....
A pretty dress for her little sister's doll. Isn't it cute?
She was making baby's bibs as gifts this morning, and whipped 2 up while we were there.
Miss 8, not to be outdone, showed off the quilt she has under construction.
The two large pieced blocks in the centre were made by Miss 13 about 6 months ago, but she didn't like them, so Miss 8 decided to put them into her quilt. While I was there, I worked out how to piece a section to go between them to join them up.
This afternoon I need to set to and hem some trousers. I went shopping yesterday and bagged myself a couple of bargains in the sales. Besides the trousers, I also picked up a couple of tops, also on sale. Tickled pink with my purchases.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.