Sunday, September 4, 2011

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Floribunda is now a flimsy. I did finally get the borders on in between rounds of freezing the corn from our garden this weekend. (DH and I agree that we should probably cut back on the amount of corn we plant next year. After all, there are just two of us at home now.)

After getting the inner yellow and the dark borders on I felt like it still needed something. I don't usually put light borders on the outer edge of my quilts, but that seemed to be what this one needed. I'll probably have to bind it in the dark floral border fabric--it is the only one of which I have enough.

As you must know by now, this was inspired by Bonnie Hunter's Floribunda pattern of the traditional Jacob's Ladder, based on a vintage quilt she found. My florals were mainly of the "dark and dirty" variety, but the splashes of red here and there give it some sparkle.

If you are interested in making one and haven't already heard of Freda's very casual QAL that will be starting soon, check it out here. I would love to make another one but I really need to finish the Tree of Life quilt. I will be hand quilting that one, so I need to hurry and get it in the frame so it will be completed before I am too old to see my stitches (I am so slow at getting things hand quilted).

Just wanted to mention something else. In my last post I told of the quilt I had donated to my daughter's fundraiser for the foundation that researches the seizure syndrome her youngest son has. I also said she was doing another one this month and that I was sorry I didn't have a quilt ready to donate to that one. Friday evening I received an email from a very generous quilter who offered to send me a quilt she was willing to donate for this month's fundraiser. I know quilters are always willing to help other people, but this was so completely unexpected. I was overwhelmed--still am. My heartfelt thanks go out to you!

Until next time, from the little mountain valley where we have a football team that almost beat Auburn Saturday,
Janet O.

19 comments:

Kylie Lloyd said...

Janet, I love the quilt. I love Jacob's ladder block and so definitely have to make one.

Sheila said...

This is always such a versatile pattern. Your quilt sparkles!

Me and My Stitches said...

Your quilt looks great! I'm with you - normally don't like a light outer border - but this just works!

JudyCinNC said...

You have just single handedly re-newed my interest in Floribunda - I love how your quilt turned out and I really like that lighter outside border. The red really does "pop it". Great finish. Judy C in NC

Michelle said...

Love your Floribunda quilt! It turned out awesome! What an amazing thing for that quilter to send you a quilt for such a good cause!!

Vivian said...

Love it, looks so great! I love the outer yellow border, I think it finishes it just right!

My blocks are done maybe I can get it to a top with the holiday weekend. I hadn't planned on doing a border but now you've got me thinking about that as an option.

I expect to see this one on Bonnie's "Show & Tell Thursdays". Be sure to send her a pic!

Yvette said...

It turned out fantastic! Congratulations for the finish.

Impera Magna said...

The borders are just perfect... brings everything together!

Quilters are the best ever! How generous and kind for someone to donate a quilt to the cause!

Sharon said...

Nice finish, J.L. is one of my favorite blocks, so many opportunities when you work with this pattern.

Doniene said...

Absolutely Loverly!!!!

Blessings

julieQ said...

What a really gorgeous finish! Love it, love it!!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

I am in love with that Floribunda. Suriously, in LOVE!

Sorry, my daughter is an Auburn grad.

Anonymous said...

I have to tell ya....this one catches my eye! I love when a quilt gets me excited like yours!

regan said...

Janet....your Florabunda is gorgeous! I love the the colors you chose! I like the different yellows, too! I haven't even started cutting my fabric for this....so it's great to see a completed one that I can get my color inspiration from! Thanks!

Bolts and Bobbins said...

Your Floribunda quilt is absolutely gorgeous!!! Your colors are great - I love the warm browns, reds and yellows. My bucket list is growing!

Aimee said...

The floribunda is beautiful Mom!
I am so appreciative to the quilter who donated her quilt! That is so wonderful of her! Bless her!
We were very sad about the game too. I wore my al ma mater's shirt proudly the rest of the day though.

Maureen said...

Your outer border really sets it off. Beautiful quilt!
Such a generous quilter - lots of them out there!

Carla said...

Janet, your floribunda quilt is gorgeous! Thanks for posting the links to Bonnie Hunter's pattern. I'm sorry about your little grandson.
I wish your family all the best in getting the help the little guy needs. The work your daughter is doing is amazing. Let us know how we can donate to her fundraisers.

Sarah said...

Janet - as soon as you blog loaded on my screen all I could think of was 'wow.' It certainly sparkles! I am determined to keep mine as a leader/ender so it's much slower going.