Saturday, November 21, 2015

Fifth Step is Done

I have been working on my Midnight at the Oasis quilt in between other projects.  All of can say about this quilt is that it is wild and wonderful.  Maybe that's the way things are in Australia and Jen Kingwell has done a great job of portraying that feeling. 
I have finished all 44 blocks in the outside border.   Yay!!  There was a little trick to making these blocks that I didn't discover until about three quarters of the way thru.  But I'm not going back to fix them.  I figure no one may notice except me.
And I have started work on the 9 patch border. Jen does not do anything fast, so her method is to individually cut 276 bright 11/2" squares  and 276 gray squares - and that's exactly what I've done.

When these are done all that will be left is the appliqué border and then putting it together.  I'm not making any deadlines for myself, but I can feel the end is in sight (sort of).  I still am not wild about the stripe border but to date I can't find anything else.  I am still looking though.

Hope you've found some stitching time today,


Diane said...

It's looking great! I had a real struggle with deciding on the stripe too. I don't know why that one is so difficult. Glad you are enjoying the process. :)

Marie said...

Totally agree with you about 'wild and wonderful' and the Australian quilters - love it! And your quilt looks like it fits the bill. Lovely.

Janan Doster said...

Looks like a hard thing to work with all those large dots in those blocks.
Maybe you will find a stripe that you like. Looks great!

Cathy said...

I love it. Can't wait to see it finished. Hugs, Cathy

Julierose said...

Kudos to is looking beautiful; I haven't been able to do a
B I G project like that--just too much cutting, but i love watching them emerge in blogland...hugs, Julierose

Karen said...

Polka dots, polka dots! Lookin' good.

Barb said...

what a fun mix of prints and blocks!!

Gloria said...

That quilt looks like a fun, wild quilt! Can you tell me what size tumbler you are using? I'm trying to decide how large to make mine and trying to compare size. My tumbler block is 3" finished. I'm using civil war prints and making a real mess pulling out all that fabric. I do believe that I will need to use lights (and maybe darks) more than one time!

CecileD said...

I love these polka dots in background !!
Congratulations for this big and great work Karen ! :)

FlourishingPalms said...

What a project you've tackled! But then, I think you NEVER take on easy projects! I'm working on my Jen Kingwell, My Small World, so I can appreciate your perspective on how she makes quilts. This quilt, at least, is somewhat tedious and fiddly. I have to be in the right frame of mind to work on mine.

Since it's been three weeks since you've blogged, I'm guessing you're keeping occupied with holiday preparations, just like the rest of us. Hope you're looking forward to some time spent with family. Blessings!