Wednesday, 9 November 2016

WOW: Picking Borders

 WOW = WIPs On Wednesdays
Last week I went to a quilt exhibit, mostly so that I could set my eyes on my favourite quilt in real life. It's so iconic that I'm sure it needs no introduction to you. The lighting inside was very dim to protect the quilts, but photography was allowed so I increased the light exposure on my camera and asked my DD to photograph me in front of this beauty. I look windswept because it was one of those crazy weather days. The thing that surprised me the most, seeing it in real life, was that the centre was much smaller than my brain had interpreted through pictures in books. Because of the increased light exposure, it looks too light here, but it's was quite soft in real life too. What happened when I saw this quilt, was that I remembered I had made those same style Greek borders 10 years ago. And for the rest of the day, I couldn't get it out of my head. Where was that quilt? Did I still have it?

Of course, I don't need another project, but I have to accept at my age that I am simply the kind of person who dabbles in hundreds of projects at any given time. It's just who I am. Annoying as it is, there's no point fighting it. So you know what I've done, don't you?
I spent a day in the garage digging out old boxes and I found that old quilt and today I am unpicking the beautiful exquisite border from my forgotten quilt because I am in love with the border all over again. And of course I will use it in a new project - as yet undetermined.

Thank you so much to everyone who wished me a happy birthday here and on facebook. I'm so touched that you took a moment to wish me well. I had a beautiful and quiet day at home with my family. It's been a hard year for me, with my mother dying in April and my DD getting married (of course that was a happy occasion) but the whole year has been swept into the sadness of my mother's passing and I wasn't feeling as cheerful as I should have on such a significant birthday. Oh well, that's life as they say. Today, I am getting on with some suddenly important unpicking..

What's Your WOW?


  1. That's one of my favorite quilts also. Auntie Green's Garden is so precious.

  2. Esther I went to the Houston quilt show and saw the most beautiful Love Entwined quilt hanging there so thought I would share that today for my WOW - it is not my WOW but Inecke van der Molen from the Netherlands - it is beautiful - happy birthday to you and that is a beautiful quilt you are standing by I have always loved it.

  3. How funny that you are scavenging a border from another quilt to use again on something else - and what great idea to recycle something that you are't quite so keen on as a whole! Lovely quilt photo.....

  4. Hello Esther, it's really a great quilt. And I loved the border too.
    I remember that in my teens I did a Greek style border in a cross stitch tablerunner.

  5. It's a beautiful quilt and photo of you! :)

  6. One thing that I like as I go through links that others share is that I am not alone in having 100 projects going all at once!

  7. Sorry I am late Esther, but I do send my belated birthday wishes. The border you speak of is lovely, interesting , but restful.


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