It's a good thing that I already have some purple blocks from March, because I sure haven't got much to show for August.
One more piglet joins the party:
but that's the lot.
Most of my month was spent madly piecing stars for my Gwennie Medallions. Between the fact that I'm making two different quilts for the QAL and that one of them has grown ridiculously large, I needed buckets of blocks to translate my mental pictures into reality.
I tackled the larger of the two quilts first. As I happily pieced and lopped away, I hunted for a suitable fabric for a stop border between my courthouse steps and my new stars. About mid-month, I finally found The One - a purple stripe that was just what my heart wanted. I ordered it from the online store that had it, got the order-acknowledgement email, and sat back to wait.
And I waited.
After a week had passed with no word, I emailed to ask if there was a problem with my order. I had hoped to have the fabric in hand by that time, but I hadn't even been notified that it had shipped.
And I waited.
The next day I finally got an email saying it had shipped. The delivery date? August 31st.
In other words, too late to do me any good for this quilt.
While I'd waited, I'd already finished the smaller Gwennie Medallion. I'd been holding up on a final joining of the blocks for this larger one, since I didn't know how wide the stop border was going to be. I didn't want to have to go through the kind of mental gymnastics that would be called for in trying to fill up that empty space between finished borders.
I already knew there was nothing locally that suited me, and it was too late to order from any other online source, so I went stash diving.
I came up with this stripe, which I had bought for a project that I'm sure to get to someday. You know, someday. It's an orange and blue stripe, it was on super-clearance, it was screaming my name, and I bought all they had. I've been hugging it and patting it ever since.
Eventually I'll get to that other project (I think there's still enough of this stripe left), but in the meantime, I cut some strips and pieced them as unobtrusively as possible.
And then I thought "Wouldn't it be cool to miter the corners?" and then I thought "Wouldn't it be cool to just drop a bowling ball on my foot and butt the corners?" and I skipped the part with the bowling ball and just started sewing.
It's not the border of my dreams, but it'll do.
Yeah, it'll do nicely.
Maybe I can use that purple stripe for the next stop border. If and when it finally arrives...
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