Monday, March 12, 2007

Fruit Punch Revised

Ya'll may remember this quilt top. Fruit Punch. I worked on it ages ago and went through agony settling on a border fabric after the original one I envisioned didn't work. This is what I decided on last year.

But then I get here and buy all this new fabric with the same colors. So last month I started playing around with using a new border. I didn't have lots of yardage, which is why there is nothing pictured going all the way around. I'm only including a couple of samples from the many I tried. By the way, none of these pics is color accurate -they all look a little washed out. Yes, this quilt truly is bright.

The black with the flowers didn't work - made the eye go right to the border. Now if there had been some black in the middle, that would have been a different story.

I tried folding back all that original border too, to see if the fabrics would work with just a hint of that reddy pink. The pink and yellow flowered fabric was too bold. I liked the purple a lot, but it just seemed to make the quilt look way too much like Hot Crazy Love (which I finished quilting yesterday - woohoo!). But something in this version did catch my eye.

No border.

This is what Fruit Punch will look like with binding. I love it. The hugs and kisses (Xs and Os) were getting lost in the border no matter what I tried. So I unzipped the border. Got it basted today and think I'm going to quilt it in regular red quilting thread. Probably make myself crazy and (at least attempt to) quilt the letters 1/16" in from the seamline. I love how that looks but going through all the seams makes me so nuts. I'll decide after I take a stab at it. (heh heh heh)

Pokey is starting to nip at me for attention and treats. Time to log off. Take care.

12 comments:

joyce said...

You are right. In some cases less is more. This one looks just right with no border. I can't imagine quilting around all those letters except with a sewing machine and even then...

candyschultz said...

I liked the red border but you are right the borderless one is much more striking.

quiltpixie said...

who would have thunk less is more!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Right with you babe!!LOL Tracey

Clare said...

If you are wondering why you have a tiscali ISP on your Site Meter page for over an hour its because my connection keeps on timing out and its driving me mad. I have been trying to comment since about 12.00 and it is now 14.40!

Definitely without. It jumps out at you. Have fun with the quilting.

McIrish Annie said...

Just think less to quilt!! you'll be finished quicker and the quilt looks great SANS border. (a little french for you, are you practicing???!)

Dawn said...

Tonya - it looks wonderful. Yeah with the border choices I would still go with the orig red, but I love the look now without it at all!

Laura said...

I really like the look without the border also. Sometimes we fret and fuss over something forever when the answer was right in front of us the whole time. I love your bright fabrics from your previous post. You have definately changed my direction as a quilter!

Fiona said...

Fruit packs more punch without a border (I am so sorry about that terrible pun, but I can't seem to help myself). It does look so much more lively without one.

Hanne said...

Your Fruit Punch quilt looks very good without border. I took my XO quilt to guild before Christmas, before donating it, and it got a lot of ooos and aaas. It is something with the simplicity of the letters and the shapes. It is so nice to see you are doing better and better - I am smiling on your behalf here :-)

Quilt Nut said...

very striking!

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