Christine is a long arm machine quilter, quilt pattern designer, punchneedle pattern designer & author. She publishes her designers under her company Fairfield Road Designs and is also a Thrive Life Independent Consultant. Her blog will feature news about her different companies, insights into her family life and previews of new patterns and designs and yummy Thrive recipes.
Have you ever made a quilt that you just didn't like?? Even though I had purchased two charm packs of fabrics that I just loved, once I put them together into a quilt I just couldn't get motivated enough to finish it.
I finally decided that the reason that I never finished the quilt was that I really didn't like it. BUT after looking at it critically one day I realized that it was only the OUTER BORDER that I didn't like.
When I had finished the top at our quilt retreat, I had a brown fabric on hand that I used for the border, but I'm not really a "brown" person. I probably have no more than six brown fabrics in my entire stash and I'm really not drawn to them.
Once I decided that the outer border had to go, I found a blue one that I liked and got to sewing. The resulting quilt top was SO much better!!!
Disappearing nine patch quilt with the new blue border
I loaded the quilt on my Gammill and decided to use a leaf and swirl design to quilt both the border and the centre of the quilt.
Leaf and swirl design
Here is the finished quilt - not bad for a quilt that I had never wanted to finish!! Machine quilting leaves and swirls is one of my favourite motifs to use on a variety of quilts. I'm so glad that I persevered and finished this quilt! UFO #22 is done!!