Friday, September 28, 2012

I'm Picking Apples Again!

I often try to tell kids to think about all the people who love you, don't cry over the one person who doesn't"  -Bill Cosby


My mind has been on apples lately....."Little Apples" to be exact.....my Little Apples quilt has been in a drawer for months....(how long does something have to be not worked on to become a UFO?)  Well, whatever that time is......the Little Apples is now a WIP again!  

I don't know if you all remember but I had added some borders to my quilt top and in doing so, I ran short on the fabric I had bought for the backing..... 

 I decided to piece the backing so I ordered a couple of charm packs and then proceeded to get involved in some other project.....(quilters are so fickle....lol)

 I really didn't want to spend a lot of time piecing together something for the back and I also didn't want to spend a lot of time trying to decide what to do so in the end I just strip pieced several of the charms in long chains and then used some of the backing scraps to make up the rest of the shortage.  Here is a closeup of the center piece....

 I don't know if any of you noticed in the first backing photo that the right side of the backing is about 6 inches wider than the left side......and, in fact, I should have said that this is the "off center" piece.......
Again, this happened because of the borders I had cut out for the quilt top.....
Well this "stickler for symmetry" sure notices the difference but I decided it was time to step out on a limb and just make something off center for once.......(gulp)
If you all see the Symmetry Police tell them I went the other way........

I also finished a block for one of my swaps this week..........this is called "Toothed Star".  I got the pattern from Quilter's Cache....a really great website full of free patterns.
My swap partner requested a red and white block and, although the pattern called for 3 different colors plus the background I decided to give it a try with 3 different red fabrics and a white background.  Goes to show you that there is not much that can go wrong with red and white.......

Well...it's Friday again and in a few hours I will be headed back to work so I'm going to go back upstairs and see if I can squeeze just a little more sewing time into the day.............

See you all again for One Flower Wednesday......TaTa for now.....

15 good friend(s) left a comment:

shez said...

lovely work Ida,enjoy your day.xx

sunny said...

Beautiful! If I piece a backing, I deliberately make it off center, because I know I'll never get it perfect. It's all good.

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

Love that red and white block it looks fantastic.

Melody said...

Beautiful. I love pieced backings and your red and white star is fabulous.

Mary said...

Love the quilt! I like the asymmetric backing, too. They are difficult for me, too but I am embracing them. I figure they give me a traditional quilt on one side and a "modern" on the other.

Needled Mom said...

I love the new Oz look!!!!!

It will be so nice to have a finish on that pretty quilt. The colors are wonderful.

Yes, the red and white is always a great color combination and your block looks terrific.

Hope it's a quiet weekend at work.

mara said...

Very pretty quilt a wonderful job even if it is not quite centered.

Kelli said...

Ha! I didn't even notice the off center bit until you mentioned it. :) Asymmetry is good!! It's going to be so gorgeous when done. Can't wait to see. xo

Carla said...
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Carla said...

I really like an off centre back. It adds to the charm ; )

Rachel said...

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Missy Shay said...

I love your blog makeover, I'm a big fan of blue gingham! And I love the slideshow!

Hilachas said...

I'd forgotten how pretty that quilt is. I'm anxious to see it. I didn't notice anything wrong with the back, but you know that I like things "off kilter" anyway. It looks great from here!

Hilachas said...

I'd forgotten how pretty that quilt is. I'm anxious to see it. I didn't notice anything wrong with the back, but you know that I like things "off kilter" anyway. It looks great from here!

Kat said...

I love your star and I'm pretty sure I have at least 2 of those red fabrics in my stash.

I am a symmetrical person, too, but I've recently found it to be liberating to do "intentional off center" (or at least, to tell myself it's intentional...).