February 3, 2013

Judy ~ Sashing Part One for Dear Sue

Yikes! How did it get to be time to post again already? I finished sashing Sue but am now stuck. My quilt group didn't like the fabric for the second sashing; they think it shouldn't be as dark as the fabric I'd chosen. So, progress on Sue has come to a screeching halt until I get time to shop. Here's where I am now. Any and all comments welcomed.


Here's a closer up photo with the border and second sashing fabrics. I had planned a 1 inch darker sashing before adding the borders. Maybe I should just forget that idea? What do you think?


It's been a crazy week, that's for sure. Hope yours was better than mine.

13 comments:

Cy said...

Oh this sure looks good with the pink sashing on.
What size is the quilt up to the pink? I'm thinking that a 1inch border in the darker pink might be a bit too overpowering. May just need it to be half an inch.

Debra Spincic said...

If it were mine, I'd cut the current pink outside down and use it for the inner border. Then, I'd go look for a stripe that had all the fun colors you used in the embroidery. I'd make that border wide.

ladyhawthorne said...

I'm with Cy, I like the dark as maybe 1/2 inch wide and then your floral in a wider border like a picture frame.

Judy S. said...

That's an interesting thought! I will think on it.

Judy S. said...

Hmmm.....wonder whether I could make a half inch straight? I'm not a great measurer!

Judy S. said...

How wide do you think for the floral border? Right now it's about 32" wide and 42" in length.

cq4fun said...

I think you should go with your original plan and do what YOU like. I often ignore the advice of others and am glad I do. If you want to do that pink narrower, why not do one of those folded borders that the rough edges are stitched in and the folded edge isn't sewn down. Do you know what I mean? I don't know what they are called. And then bind in the dark color, too.

One thing I learned is, when auditioning fabrics, you need to see them in the same proportion as you will use them. Maybe take a leftover border strip, sew a dark strip exactly the size you want, and then a strip of the floral. It doesn't have to be long, 6-12 inches, and you can probably not even sew it, just lay them out in the right proportions. And add a strip to simulate the binding. Then take a picture! You'll see it differently in a picture than with the eye.

Deborah McLaughlin said...

I like this idea, too.

Suztats said...

Lots of good advice here. Sue looks great with the pink, and I like the idea of a thin dark strip to separate that pretty pink print. Since I'm not a great measurer either, I often 'cheat' and use seam binding. It comes in different widths and colours, and you might fun the perfect one. I know it saves me the frustration of exact measurements for strips. I'm a 'cheater'! lol

Debra Spincic said...

That is very narrow. If you plan to do that, I would topstitch something like bias tape over the seam between 2 fabrics. You could even fuse the tape down first to make sure it didn't move when you sew it.

You can make your own bias tape too. It's easy if you have that bias tape pull thing.

Debra Spincic said...

Lots of pretty stripes out there now and since stripes are so classic, you wouldn't be dating the quilt with a print. Your embroidery has made the blocks very contemporary.

Stiching4fun said...

I am not an expert but I like the what you have chosen, the darker fabric if in a small amt would be like a frame for your Sunbonnet Sue's.
Anyway you go, it will be beautiful!

My only suggestion is....if this is for you....then pick an do what you like you will be living with it.

Pat G.

Barbara C said...

Your blocks look wonderful sashed together Judy! Another alternative might be to pull that green out of the floral fabric and use it for the inner border. Pink and green are a very Spring time color scheme.