Adding to Subtract

Still on a (sometime) mission to complete the top of my superking sized quilt from the F2F3 block swap last year, I have at least and at last joined the blocks together with the marbled dark charcoal fabric.  I think the sashing highlights the soft neutrals nicely as well as, now that I look at it, complementing my bed frame.

As you can see, it doesn’t need to be much longer but I want it to come over the sides enough to cover that top mattress.

The bottom mattress is our old one but we haven’t mustered up the will to haul it down the stairway yet and down to the tip or even, as I think is the way it came in, drop it over the balcony.  I feel like the girl in the old story of the Princess and the Pea and, not being 6’4″ like Mr. Tialys, have to slide off the bed in the morning in a particular manner as my feet don’t actually reach the ground.

I’m thinking I’ll do a 3 inch border in the fabric that was second choice for the sashing which I’m auditioning below.

 My question is, do you think I could do the 3 inch border all the way round and then a further, wider (8inch??) border in something plainish on the two sides?  That way, I won’t have unnecessary extra fabric disappearing off the bed at top and bottom.   I know it won’t be symmetrical but does that matter?  Most modern quilts tend to be symmetrical but, when I did a bit of research online, it appears that older quilts were more often made to fit the space they would occupy which seems sensible.

I’m itching to get on with it  because, you know the story, I’ve seen another project I want to get started on. I feel that, by dangling that carrot, I’ll get on and finish the current one sooner rather than later which explains my title, sort of.

So this is the free pattern that caught my eye.  Love the colours, the birds, rabbits and foxes but not so keen on the picture borders and large cornerstones.

This is a free pattern by Lynne Goldsworthy offered on Plush Addict in order, I imagine, to sell the range of fabrics it uses which is Grove by Makower.

I had a cunning plan however.

If I were to buy a couple of the panels used for the centre, I could put some of my stash (above, neatly labelled) to good use.

Which explains my title again, sort of.

The colours are fairly similar.

I have enough of the circular designs panel fabric for cornerstones rather than make the larger ones in the original project and could use my stash rabbits, hares and birds to complete the sides.

What do you think?

I think it could work – I’m talking throw size here not double bed size or anything.

Now the question is, what would I do down those sides?

Most of the folded fabric pieces are fat quarters so I’ve got a fair amount.  I don’t want to do anything too ‘fiddly’ because I want to show off the fabrics   I could probably do a simple pieced back too.

Any ideas gratefully received.

I don’t ask much do I?

Even though, where most of you are concerned, I feel I already know the answer – have you ever used the excuse of buying in a new project in order to spur you on with a current one?

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  1. #1 by nanacathy2 on September 13, 2019 - 08:17

    I love the look of the quilt and it seems a very good idea to make the quilt fit the bed. I also like the new quilt project, the fabrics you have look such fun.

    • #2 by tialys on September 13, 2019 - 11:18

      Not much point struggling with excess fabric top and bottom if it’s all just going to be tucked in or drag on the floor anyway is there?

  2. #3 by katechiconi on September 13, 2019 - 10:16

    OK, let’s get F2F3 out of the way first: Yes to wider borders on the sides but not elsewhere. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to tuck excess bedding in at the foot of a bed with a footboard, but you absolutely do need extra on the sides.
    Now for the new one: what a fab project! How about a really large flying geese border, so you can showcase both the ‘geese’ and the background fabrics? I like the idea of the shape contrast with all those circles, too.
    Oh, and the Dresden plate cornerstones? You might need them at some future stage. Hint, hint….

    • #4 by tialys on September 13, 2019 - 11:28

      I think I’m going to go with the asymmetrical borders – although husband’s thoughts are to make extra blocks but a) haven’t got enough fabrics to hand and, more importantly, b) I don’t see the point in making extra blocks when the ones I have already joined sit so well across and down the dimensions of the bed. I think I’ll use that ‘auditioning’ fabric I’ve shown for the 3 inch border all round and, if I have enough, the darker grey sashing fabric as a border to increase the width at the sides. As it won’t be me quilting this one, the longarm lady can go crazy with quilting in the borders to make it more interesting.
      Large geese sound good for the blue and grey one. I’ll do some looking and calculating.
      Your hinting has me guessing. Although I’m thinking teal will be involved. 😊💙

      • #5 by katechiconi on September 13, 2019 - 11:32

        You would not be wrong in your thinking…. I’m looking forward to seeing how the blue and grey one develops!

      • #6 by tialys on September 13, 2019 - 11:36

        Now trying to wrangle the word ‘teal’ into anything to do with plates – although I’m sure I’m being too specific there.

      • #7 by katechiconi on September 13, 2019 - 11:40

        Not plates. The overall shape…

      • #8 by tialys on September 13, 2019 - 11:49

        🤔 Hmm – that’ll probably keep me awake at night now.

      • #9 by katechiconi on September 13, 2019 - 13:36


  3. #10 by claire93 on September 13, 2019 - 11:17

    that charcoal sashing really makes blocks come to life! I agree that you could add wider bands to sides, to give you the extra width. Saying that . . . on hind-sight, when I made my F2F2 quilt, I also went for the same layout (6 blocks long and 5 wide, with hedgehog the same way as yours) . . . but I actually use mine the other way, because I find 6 blocks make the quilt too long when in use, and prefer sides hanging over, which means my hedgehog is always at 90°.
    Love the new fabrics and upcoming project!

    • #11 by tialys on September 13, 2019 - 11:33

      This is a VERY big bed Claire so I think the six blocks long will be fine as long as I just keep the border at 3 inches top and bottom. I’m definitely going to make sure I have enough border on the sides to overlap the mattress though so I’ll add an extra one and damn the symmetry!
      🦔 Up with hedgehogs!
      I’m looking forward to working with those fabrics – they’ve been in my stash for a while and, when I saw this project, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to use them.

  4. #12 by Laurie Graves on September 13, 2019 - 15:08

    I LOVE your cunning plan! Go, go, go! I will let wiser folks advise you on the nearly finished quilt, which, by the way, is lovely.

    • #13 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 14:49

      Thanks Laurie, there are much wiser folks than me in the quilting World too and I like to consider lots of options. This is one reason I like blogging.

  5. #14 by CurlsnSkirls on September 13, 2019 - 15:44

    Definitely lengthen the sides of the in-progress quilt and go with your and Kate’s ideas on the new one. The current quilt is looking good!

    • #15 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 14:48

      Everyone always has such great ideas – that’s why I get cheeky and ask 😁

  6. #16 by kathyreeves on September 13, 2019 - 16:54

    I was thinking the charcoal would be perfect for the sides if you have enough of it, and I love what you auditioned for the three inch border. The new quilt idea is a great one! Your prints go so well with the panel, it will make a nice throw. I like the idea of a large unfussy block to border the quilt with the extra circles in the corners. If not flying geese, maybe a large shoo fly or churn dash?

    • #17 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 14:47

      I think I’ll go with the charcoal on the sides – I’ll have to join it but it can be quilted quite heavily so I don’t think it will notice.
      I’m veering towards a churn dash at the moment (or variation of) but i might have a try with a disappearing nine patch first just to see what would happen.

  7. #18 by magpiesue on September 13, 2019 - 19:29

    My inclination for wide side borders on the F2F quilt would be a large scale print, but that’s just me. I like the idea of a quieter print and letting the long arm quilter do her thing there. I’m also always in favor of making the quilt fit the bed, not current trends. Function over form in this case. 😉 I absolutely LOVE some of those fat quarters you’ve shown. I’d want to showcase them somehow too. My first choice is always a Hole in the Barn Door block (Churn Dash variation). Have you ever done a Disappearing 9 Patch? You can keep the FQ prints in the outer corners of the 9 Patch, use coordinating color/prints for the other five squares, and quite simply show off those fun prints. The dimensions of the resultant blocks are a little different but I’m sure you can manage that. Just a suggestion to add to the pot. Stir thoroughly!

    • #19 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 14:42

      Ooh, yes, good ideas for blocks to showcase the prints. I’ve done a churn dash before and they would work well but I might give a disappearing nine patch a try just to see what happens. I am giving everything a good stir around in my brain.

  8. #20 by thecontentedcrafter on September 13, 2019 - 20:46

    I’m with you – make the quilt fit the bed any way you can – it’s for using not hanging so no need to worry. I really like the idea of things being asymmetrical sometimes too – everything today seems to be so ordered…… And yes, I am back to hurrying to finish something so I can begin work on something else. Once upon a time, before I was overly influenced by the enthusiastic multi-taskers of Blogland I only ever worked on one project at a time. I’m reverting back to that way of being as the stash of unfinished items shows no signs of growing less……..

    • #21 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 14:37

      I must admit, being in blogland has made me much more aspirational in the amount of projects I have on the go. Still, I find the encouragement helps me get things done a little faster than would happen without it.

      • #22 by thecontentedcrafter on September 14, 2019 - 21:07

        There’s nothing quite like being cheered on when the project mojo slips into low gear – it’s another of the great blogging gifts!

  9. #23 by Emmely on September 13, 2019 - 20:58

    I would do a wider border at the sides, but use the same fabric all around. I think that would look more intentional than a border that is only added to the sides. So 3 inches to top and bottom an 11 inches at the sides.

    • #24 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 14:34

      This is a splendid idea and would indeed look much more as if some symmetry had been attempted. If I’d read it earlier maybe I wouldn’t have cut all my 3.5 inch strips and started to attach them. Having said that, I wouldn’t have had enough of that particular fabric to do as you suggest and I was determined to use it. Still – an excellent suggestion and one I will store away for future, similar problems.

      • #25 by Emmely on September 15, 2019 - 16:31

        There is also something to say for using fabric you already have instead of having to buy something new. 😉

      • #26 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:26

        I’m really trying to make a hole in that stash!

      • #27 by Emmely on September 17, 2019 - 20:25

        To make room for new fabric right??? 😉

  10. #28 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 14, 2019 - 17:45

    I LOVE the quilt. The sashing looks so right with the bed frame. I am, however wondering how long the bed is if Mr Tialys is 6ft 4″. How do his feet deal with the bed frame if the bed is less that 6ft 6″? I’m definitely in agreement on adding to the edges but not the ends.

    • #29 by tialys on September 14, 2019 - 23:59

      The mattress is 78 inches long – it’s the only bed he’s ever had where he can (almost) lie completely straight out.

      • #30 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 15, 2019 - 22:02

        OMG! That’s a long mattress.

      • #31 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:22

        It is. I feel quite lost in there sometimes although I still sleep perched right on the edge as I always have done.

      • #32 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 15, 2019 - 23:33


  11. #33 by craftycreeky on September 15, 2019 - 12:30

    Nooo! I was doing so well at not impulse buying fabric as I’m saving up for a new sewing machine, then I saw the Makower panels! They’re gorgeous, can’t wait to see what you do with them, I agree about the cornerstones, though I think with a lighter corner the border could be quite pretty, it’s just unbalanced in that design.Sorry, no suggestions re F2F quilt as too distracted by the other one!

    • #34 by tialys on September 15, 2019 - 23:36

      I thought of you when I saw this pattern and fabric range – it’s right up your street isn’t it?
      I bought two panels so I’d have enough circles to do the cornerstones as well. I’ve decided I’m going to assemble the central piece first and then decide what to put round the outside. I think it will be easier to make a decision then. I’m raking through my stash to find coordinating colours to make the squares that frame the panel circles – I don’t really want to waste my birds, hares and foxes on tiny squares.

  12. #35 by KerryCan on September 17, 2019 - 12:49

    I’m getting here late but I strongly believe that you should make a quilt that does its job of work–covering a bed the way you want it to. That’s how our forebears made quilts–to keep people warm in a practical, pretty way–and we should honor them by doing the same, IMHO. There. That’s settled. As for the new fabric, I love, love those circular panels and your stash fabrics seem perfect with them. Carry on!

    • #36 by tialys on September 17, 2019 - 15:17

      I will. I’ve almost got the centre done and, at the moment, am tempted to keep it that size as a wall hanging. I’m sure I’ll change my mind though.

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