Sunday, February 15, 2009

Country Chain and Knot Quilt - Blocks Complete

This is what I did this week instead of blogging. I finally got all 20 blocks of this Country Chain and Knot Quilt pieced and pressed. There are 40 pieces per block for 800 pieces total. The blocks are laying on top of the brown sashing material, and I'm definitely going to continue the red chains with matching cornerstones.

I've got the blocks laid out so there aren't any squares of the same fabric across the sashing from each other. I was only concerned about the larger squares, not the small squares, those will just have to take their chances. Oops, I can already see a problem with my chains! That lower left block is 90 degrees off. I'd better fix that before it gets sewn incorrectly. I'm really liking it so far. I think a nice golden brown small stipple will really bring it together nicely.

The back is going to be made out of the red material. I can't decide if I want the back stippling to be a matching red thread or the same golden brown as the top. (All you quilters out there, what do you think? Am I a good enough stippler to make a contrasting thread look ok?)

Putting the sashing fabric beneath the blocks was great for taking pictures, but now I have to figure out how to get the material out from under the blocks without messing them up my organization. Hmmm. Maybe I'll just finish up my gift for my secret pal first. If only I could post a picture of it. I had no idea when I signed up for the secret pal thing how irritating it would be that I can't share pictures. It's a really nice quilty gift and I think it's turning out very well. And I'd better not say anything else. Arrgh!


Barb said...

I like it tooo and I am sure your stippling is good enough...besides once you stipple the whole thing, who will notice a mistake here and there? If they do, just say you ment it to be that way....

Brandy said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! I love that quilt! And I definitely think that the thread should be contrasting... your skill is much better than you think!

Nanci said...

What a lot of work! It's so big too.
I like the back to look symetrical so I'd probably match the thread to that, but you also convince me that the gold thread on the red would probably look good too!
Oh, like you I can't make up my mind what to do?

Leanne said...

That is an impressive quilt. I find laying quilts out overwhelming as you could stare at them for hours moving blocks here and there.