Indian Summer Quilt

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Paper pieced perfection. This is one of those techniques I didn’t ever expect I would like… but I do!  In fact I love it!  I am not one who does much precision piecing as it’s the free motion I have a real passion for.  BUT… It’s thrilling for me personally, when I actually sew points, and they perfectly meet!  Like magic! It’s VERY exciting!  Paper piecing makes me look good; like I know what I’m doing!  I am a ‘wanna be’ Type A personality.  Never could quite get there… but paper piecing makes me think I could, or am!

So, this quilt has been pieced, and just tucked away in my stash.  Gosh, it’s been like this for a few years.  I haven’t really known how I might quilt it… but I think I’m ready!  Some of you probably know what that feels like.  So it’s time to get brave, and quilt it.  But before I do, I have a question for you readers, friends, and anyone out there… does this quilt need a border?

This is the pattern, from Judy Neimeyer.  I love her patterns.  She’s a Montana artist too.  Her patterns are easy to follow (even I could!), and they come with the papers, too.  

How to quilt it?  Hmmm…  I think I’m going to take the quilt to a copier machine, and copy a few of the blocks “in blank” so to speak.  Then, with a marker, I will audition quilting motifs and see what appeals.  Does anyone have any other suggestions for me?  It will be another great adventure, I’m sure!

Yup, it’s all in batiks, surprise, surprise! I wasn’t really sure what I was doing when I made this so long ago, but I learned that really do love paper piecing.  But oh, baby! How I do love those pretty points and triangles!  Chills run down my back!  (Not really, but it does feel good!)

And I wanted to mention a Montana artist who’s work I greatly admire; Cynthia St. Charles, from Billings, MT.  She sent me this beautiful little postcard recently.  Have you seen Cynthia’s quilts?  Have you visited her blog or website?  You might like to!  You can sign up to receive her ‘postcards’ too!  I love this design, which is similar to the quilt.  I love blue and yellow together. So it’s on my table just because I enjoy looking at it.  It’s a cool program that she does that for her readers!  Thanks, Cynthia! EnJOY.

Comments 8

  1. The quilt is going to be beautiful! I have sent you an email with a mock-up drawing of my quilting ideas. Hope you like them! 🙂

  2. Your quilt is beautiful just as it is! I think a border might distract from the name you gave it…maybe. A diagnal strip-cut border from the same fabrics might work but could distract also. So glad you enjoyed the "fine points" of paper piecing…pun intended!! Bring out all of your UFO's!!!

  3. I love it! I see sunflowers and feathers on this quilt! I do not think it needs a border. You could always audition fabrics to see if you would like a border. I see summer flowers in the garden when I look at it the way it is now, without the border! you really do beautiful work!

  4. Leslie, the first time I saw this quilt made up at my LQS, I stood in absolute awe and couldn't take my eyes off of it! I've since made my own and it is one of my very favorite quilts!!! I applied the slanted piano key border that is shown on her pattern, and I have to say I think it really adds to the quilt. But you have to consider size too. If you want to hang it on that wall, you may not have room for much in the way of a border. It is certainly lovely as it is!!! Check in your pattern too – I believe Judy usually includes a blank copy of the quilt for you to play with quilting designs. Can't wait to see what you do with it!!!

  5. I have a Judy Niemeyer quilt top all done, too, that I haven't quilted yet, and I agree that her patterns are SO easy to use and look great when completed. Don't put a border on your quilt, it looks more like "art" without one!

  6. This is Marvelous!
    If it were mine I would put a pieced border and binding on to keep everything multi-coloured.
    I am the lucky recipient of one of Cynthia's postcards also!

  7. I lOVE it on your wall without a border. it's beautiful. I have no advice on quilting it…:/…I'm sure you'll figure out something WONDERFUL!

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