Monday, 15 March 2010

Better ??


Thanks so much for taking the time to help me out with my border decision. It seems most were with me and that the squares did not look quite right. Some of your comments made me laugh - especially the one about it being half-baked - lol !!

Sooooooo - off came the squares and on went the cream with a little addition of the cornerstones.

What do you think?



The cream border has a small print and I do think it's better. Although maybe the squares just needed to grow on me - lol !!




Anyway it's layered up now for hand quilting and I'm not faffing about with it any longer. It's 36 inches square so not too big and shouldn't take me too long to get quilted ( famous last words ? )

But you know how easily we are all sidetracked. I bought this book last week





and just had to give one a go.



This one is called Strawberries and cream and made it's way to my mum's kitchen as a little extra Mothering Sunday present. Great book I must say. I have started on another tea cosy - this time for me.
A little story about making this. My kids are so used to me making things that they don't always take a lot of notice of what I'm doing. Anyway Patricks friend ( 13 yo ) was sleeping over on Saturday night and was absolutely fascinated by what I was doing. I could see him watching me knit one of the little strawberries. He asked Patrick to pass him one of the finished ones and was examining it closely. Jokingly I asked him if he would like me to knit him a strawberry and he said yes - he would love one. Bless him.


Hope you all get some stitching in this week..

31 comments:

simplestitches said...

that looks wonderful....it really makes the centre the "star" attraction!
love the tea cosy too
cheers Julz

Rhonda said...

Outstanding!

wonderwoman said...

it looks beautiful and so does the tea cosy!
x

Ali Honey said...

Yes, that looks better. But I would love to see you bind it in the pale bright blue( or even add a half inch plain border of blue? )

Your cosy is such fun!

julieQ said...

I do like that one better, although the squares were nice too. The green makes the compass stand out somehow...lovely!

claudia said...

That ea cozy would go perfectly in my kitchen...when I saw the picture I said out loud to myself how cute...
I love, love, love the results of the poll on your Mariners compass. It's perfect now!

A Time for Stitching said...

The mariner's compass is just right now. Just the right amount of detail! The centre stands out in all its glory.
Teresa x

Gene Black said...

I still love the richness of the squares. But then I am all about vibrant color.

If you are happy with it, that is what matters.

Vicki W said...

Oh yes, I like that a lot!

Gail said...

Okay, I was wrong about the squares! It looks Marvelous! I love the tea cosy, may just have to try one of those.

*karendianne. said...

Better? I don't know about that but this surely makes the star stand out! I love everything you do so sometimes I'm no help! I can tell you one thing - you've got me going on the TIN kick. With the hand piecing I'm doing lately oh friend... dear me. I'm making do with the Tin's I have. They're all Xmas Tin's. Now I'm going to have to start hunting.

I think you've created a monster.

Quilts And Pieces said...

OH! I love it! And the green in the corner is perfect to pull out the green of the compass. I noticed the print cream last night and I loved that fabric! It is perfect. And the story about the strawberry is way too cute!

Jude said...

So much better...Love it!! but I do agree with the blue comments..
That book looks interesting..might have to check it out..
Good luck with the quilting.

loulee said...

Now that I see it without the squares it's so much better. :-)
Love that tea cosy, makes me wish I used a pot!

Becky said...

OH OOH AHH!!!! So much better - now the star sings! WONDERFUL!
And I may have to find that book; I love the cozy that you made.

jindiscottage said...

Love, love, love it! Absolutely stunning. The difference it makes in taking off the squares. And the cornerstones are the perfect finishing touch.
Now I want to make tea cosies! So cute.

LC said...

This border is perfect! Love the tea cosy too, and your son is a darling!

Chocolate Cat said...

I quite liked it with the squares but think you have definately made the right decision, this looks fantastic! Love the teacosy, I will have to keep an eye out for this book!

country mouse said...

Well, I was one who liked the squares, but after seeing the finished top, I think you defintly made the right decision. Its beautiful. Adorable tea cozy and adorable story about the strawberry!

Meredith said...

Adorable cozy, have fun hand quilting. I like the way it turned out.

sewkalico said...

I love the strawberry story! So sweet!! Your NYB looks great!

vtquilter said...

Lovely quilt! Can't wait to see it all finished, I just love how you hand quilt things. Such a fun story about your son's friend and the strawberry.

gamawinkie said...

think this looks much better. have fun making the cozies!

welsh penny said...

Hi,my pommy cousin! I Love your compass Quilt! Always wanted to do one,but not game yet.I did like your border squares, but wow, the Compass pops with the Cream. Any reason why we can't you have both? Add the squares as final border and tadaa! Everyone happy! Gail

Lynda said...

The cream is much better - every quilt needs a bit of calm for the eyes to rest on.

Floss said...

much better.
Love the tea cozy, so cute.

Teresa said...

Your quilt look marvelous - I liked it with the squares and without. The tea cozy is so cute.

Guðrún said...

Now the quilt looks awesome :)

Lynda said...

The tea cosy is gorgeous! It almost makes me want to get my needles out! (Well, almost!)

anne bebbington said...

This strawberry story made me smile and reminded me of the time a friend of one of my three came over and was totally mesmerised by the sewing machine - on questioning he confessed he'd never seen one before much less knew what it was

Meggie said...

What a lovely story about the 13yo boy who loves the strawberry! My son- now 42- also loved little knitted or crafted things, & we still have his star Xmas tree decoration he made when he was about 10.