Friday, June 24, 2016

Design Floor Friday {Back Tracking}


Welcome to another edition of Design Floor Friday!!  This week's post is actually about LAST Saturday's shopping trip to Wish Upon A Quilt.  (Needleb couldn't go shopping on Friday and the quilt was ALL over the floor!)  I'm linking this post to the Austerity Challenge on the Quilters Knitting Group over on Ravelry (in light of the purchases made.)

They keep me honest.  They encourage me to USE WHAT I HAVE, but my current UFO has remained incomplete because I couldn't figure out what to do with it.  It didn't want to cooperate with ANY of the fabrics in my stash.

Here is the process that I went through at the Quilt Shop...

As I was searching for a good border print, Needleb found this AMAZING digital print and I found a circle-y LIME GREEN fabric (which doesn't really show up that well in the photos) to serve as the inner border:

I liked it, but how about that same digital print with an ORANGE inner border:

Not quite right, but, let's try the digital print with an AQUA inner border:

What if???

The AQUA wasn't bad, but Needleb wondered what would happen if that amazing digital print was paired with a stronger GREEN inner border:


I really like that PLUS fabric!!!!  (Insert pout face here.)

There's no harm in giving it a try.  Let's see how that works with...

A stronger TURQUOISE inner border:

The LIME GREEN inner border:


Out comes the question of the day...


What if I do what Quilt Diva Julie does and pair all those colors with fabulous BLACK AND WHITE PRINTS?!?!?  Julie blogs at Me and My Quilts... Exploring the Possibilities.  When I grow up, I want to quilt JUST LIKE JULIE!!!  :o))

I came up with this BOLD white on black print and started the process, again!!!

First, I paired it with the LIME inner border:

Then one of the shop girls wanted to try something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!

While I am a HUGE fan of LIME GREEN... This idea did nothing for me:

Needleb suggested that I fold out a bit more of the fabric to get a better idea of what it would look like in the finished quilt top.  (I probably should have thought of this.  Duh!!)

I tried it with the KELLY GREEN...

I tried it with the LIME GREEN:

AND... I tried it with a BRIGHT PINK:

I'm SOLD on the Swirly White on Black print, but WHICH inner border choice???

Hmm...  One last BRIGHT PINK inner border option:


Wait now...

That problem I was having with my Calico Rick Rack Quilt???

I think it has FINALLY been alleviated!!!

How, Joyful???

With a STASH INFUSION, of course!!!  :o))

The happy results:


In the interest of keeping it real (for the Austerity Quilters,) HERE is what I did NOT buy...

An adorable Sheepy pattern:

The fabulous HOLY SCRAP shirt in PURPLE:

A new T-Shirt Quilt book that I would have LOVED to add to my collection:

I bought ONLY what the quilt INSISTED on having for its binding, borders, AND backing:

The Butterfly digital print was ANOTHER rejected border option, but it turned out to be a REALLY good option for the back of the quilt.  Large scale prints are PERFECT for that job!!

Until next time...
LISTEN to your quilts!!!


  1. LOVELY! Thanks for sharing your process with us, Joy.

  2. Whew, I feel like I lifted every one of those bolts! Alex Anderson is another one who says add black and white to make a quilt sparkle. While I would have gone for the hot pink or darker turquoise (personal taste), your final choices are spot on.

  3. Most of my quilts become UFOs at that point because I always second guess myself and eventually, get tired of playing the WHAT IF game. You did an excellent choice. Love how the story ends. ;^)

  4. Oh my goodness - you want to grow up to be ME? Really ??!!?? (blushing)

  5. Love your final choices. I probably would have gone with the first pink but you never know, lime green is a favorite too!

  6. I can't tell you how much I love this quilt, and reading about your process makes me love it even more!


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