I did it! The Virginia Bound blocks are together and are a center. I have mine in a five by five layout. Ruby isn’t quilt her perky self but doing a little better. (Read about her set back here if you missed it)
I am VERY happy with it so far but the next steps is what has me debating….
Here’s the quilt and how it originally was designed. I’ve already deviated from the design by making larger….but I think I am going to deviate more.
For me, I would be very happy finishing my quilt just as it is if I hadn’t seen something I like a little better. This border is a little chunky and overwhelming when compared to this…
Kelli and I went to Moline on a quilt retreat with the Mississippi Valley Quilters. There was a lady there who brought in her finished Virginia Bound Quilt. Her name was June and she was just a wonderful lady. Immediately Kelli and I both LOVED her version. It has applique around the outside border. I loved the “oxymoron” of having plaids in the middle from men’s shirts and the floral applique around the outside.
Then to quilt it, June did a big stitch.
The quilt was so soft and cuddly.
I know to finish the quilt the way I want to, I would need to finish if like June’s….applique and big stitch. Those are both things that I don’t do…..but could I?
I’ve done a bit of applique in the past. I haven’t loved it….I tried big stitch before and I didn’t love that either. Can I put those thoughts aside and give it a try anyway? The answer is maybe. One of the reasons that I have left this UFO sit was because I wanted to make mine like June’s. I was just so hesitant to give it a try. UGH! Now I have the center together…and I’m still so hesitant to try. I’m a little afraid that this one might go back in the UFO pile.
You can find me back here next week…will I dive into the applique, put the whole project aside, or start something new? Who knows!