Monday, February 12, 2007

It's a Flimsey!

At long last this project is a top! I had the blocks together for over a week but had trouble finding the right fabric for the inner border. I went back to the store where I’d bought some of the fabrics with swatch in hand, looking for more of one of the aqua-jade blenders. But of course they were sold out.

Our little Northern California town only /has/ two fabric stores - and Wal-Mart doesn’t count. I went stash diving twice hoping to find something suitable. Nada… My fabric collect is over twenty years old and most of my blues are not as clear as these.

I asked Su for her favorite fabric sites and browsed on-line. Zip, zilch. Sooo frustrating! Sooo close to being done – yet unable to get there! I decided to put it aside until I could drive south to the next town and shop, and who knew when that would be?

Two nights later I was cleaning my sewing room, too discouraged to work on anything else. I didn’t /want/ to change gears, it’s best to stay on the trail when it’s HOT! Snail’s Trail that is. =) While sorting through the ‘Pending projects’ pile I found a four yard chunk of clear aqua that was just right; I couldn’t believe it! I’d put it aside as possible backing for one of the pending projects in the pile. Well TOO bad! You snooze, you lose.


This is probably one of the *largest* quilts I've ever made, 7 ft x 9 ft. And I'm planning on quilting this?? I mean, I do have I nice, new Janome 6500, but...

It's been raining all weekend, so in order to photograph this quilt I had to set up my three-step stepstool on the hearth, my head was banging the ceiling and I still had trouble getting it all in the view finder. But this'll give you a good idea.

7 comments:

dot said...

This is such a beautiful quilt. Your color choices are just perfect. I am happy that you found that fabric, it sure does make the quilt. I am going to have to do a snails trail. I didn't think I liked it until I have seen so many on the blogs. Thanks for sharing.

Fiona said...

Absolutely gorgeous - reminds me of a clear blue ocean.

Norma said...

I love your flimsy! We appreciate the picture--even if you had to bang your head to take the picture! *VBG*

Patti said...

It's a beautiful, striking blue flimsey! I'm so glad you found the fabric you needed to finish it.

Angie said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous!! And I agree with Fiona--it reminds me of the ocean!!

Shelina said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful colors, great workmanship. I've been wanting to make a snails trail too. That list is just so long.

Laura said...

Leslie your snails trail is stunning!!! I love blues you have chosen. Great quilt! Glad you were able to find the border fabric that was just right for it.