I managed to join all of the blocks of my Makeshift Garden quilt together and I'm pleased with how it seems to be coming together.
I wasn't sure if I would have enough fabric for the border but was pleasantly surprised to find a fat quarter of a brown stripe fabric which was perfect for a 1" inside border. I think the brown will frame the blocks perfectly.
The outside border proved to be a bit more difficult because I only had smallish pieces of the other fabrics left over. Because there are so many 2.5" squares in the blocks, I wasn't keen to use them for the border as well. I thought it might look a bit 'busy'. But after much thought, I was able to cut 3" wide pieces in varying lengths and even though they look really scrappy they don't take away from the blocks in the centre. I'm also adding corner blocks in the border from the brown floral fabric (on the left). Fingers crossed it will 'good'.
Before we went away I saw this book New Crewel Motif Collection by Katherine Shaughnessy reviewed in a magazine. I've never tried crewel embroidery and I thought this book might be a good place to start.
The book includes general instructions like needle selection and the type of wool used and more detailed instructions on stitches used. The motifs are beautiful and their are suggestions on how to use them. The book comes with a CD of the motifs so you can upload them onto your computer and change the sizes of the motifs, print them out and then transfer them onto your fabric.
I'm looking forward to giving it a go!
Until next time