Uncommon, Common Bride


The end is drawing near for the completion of this quilt! Started over a year ago, put aside numerous times and then taken back out and put aside again.  Finally deciding the only way I would finish it was to redesign it to make it more “me”.   There was too much “stuff” in the original and I’m not sure what had attracted me to it to begin with.   I think I need to come up with a different name as well as the only part of the pattern that I followed the pattern for is the very center medallion.  Here is a link to what the original pattern looks like.


All that is left to finish is the top applique border-one bud and then the leaves and stems.


I did decide that I will add one more plain white on white border around this – right now it is 62 x 67 inches.  I will add about 6 to 7 inches of border around it so that I can quilt (hand) a nice decorative border.  (the binding will be a multi-color binding from numerous colors that I still have of the fabric)

I pulled out my cardboard “envelope” from under the bed were it resides to take a look and see what I have.  I had quite a few stencils arrive a couple years ago and this is the “box” that they came in – seemed like a good idea to save it – it is packed but they are flat!



These four below are the ones that I decided I liked – upon looking at them and laying them on the fabric I decided the 2nd from the top was too big.  And the bottom one would be too hard to redesign to go around the corners so they are put away and it is down to the top stencil which I could work around the corner and the smaller flower with vines.


So lets label these one and two – I would do number one so that the fan is in the corner in someway if I choose it.



It is harder to see this one on the fabric because of the clear plastic but maybe you can see it enough – if I choose this one there will also be cross hatching in it (this will also be done over a good share of the white and the applique will be outline stitched around the pieces – not sure on some of the other pieces though).  It is possible that after the border is sewed on the larger of this flower template will fit – that will be a wait and see.



So which do you guys like 1 or 2 – I will decide for myself which I like of course but I wonder what appeals to y’all.  The quilting will be in a color variegated thread.  I know of course that hand quilting through white on white is a pain in the you know what sometimes but sometimes a quilter just has to grin and bear it – there is such a mixture of white on white in this quilt – totally scrappy – that I just had to continue on with it.

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15 comments… add one
  • Teri Dingler Oct 14, 2013

    I like the floral as it keeps the theme of the quilt with tje floral and vine border – Gogol luck in deciding! Can’t wait to see which one you select- either way you will do a beautiful job!
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  • Debbie Rogowski Oct 14, 2013

    I vote for the floral but I bet either one would look great. The floral to tie the theme together and the geometric for a contrast. I clicked the link for the original pattern and omg, I remember when it looked that way! I’m glad you changed it, the original is too busy for me to.

  • barb hun Oct 14, 2013

    I like number one. It has nice angles in it that compliment the center flower.
    It is also very different from the ‘traditional’ expectation of having a flower border.
    It has a garden gate kind of feel to it.

  • Vicki W Oct 14, 2013

    I prefer #1 but I’m no fan of florals in gener
    general. The floral one would probably tie in with your applique better.
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  • Joan good Oct 14, 2013

    My vote goes for number one. I like the combination of angular and curved elements. I think they echo the designs in the quilt better than the straight floral.

  • Wanda Oct 14, 2013

    I like number 2. The flowers in #1 are different than the flowers in the applique so I don’t think they add anything to the quilt. The original quilt is pretty but I really like yours better.
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  • Thimbleanna Oct 14, 2013

    Wow — I can’t even decide. At first I liked the flower pattern the best to mimick your border with the vines and flowers, but then, the other one would work well with those circles in the corners. Tough decision!

  • Pat Converse Oct 14, 2013

    I like #1 the best. No real reason other than I just plain like it better with the quilt top. To me the floral is too soft & curvy to go with this one; does that make sense?
    Knowing your work, either will look good when you’re done!

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  • audrey Oct 14, 2013

    I think I prefer #1, but whatever you decide I know it will look fabulous! I am always in awe of your hand quilting genius!

  • Judi Oct 14, 2013

    They’re both beautiful and either one would be lovely, but I like the geometric one better – I think it goes nicely with the border right next to it, and as someone else pointed out, the flowers in the flower border are quite a bit different than what you have in the quilt. I also think the geometric one fills up the space better.
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  • Kathi Oct 14, 2013

    I like the first one… I like having an outer border added to this quilt and so glad you aren’t making it just like the original…. your version is restful and beautiful too!
    I do like your current outer border though and hope to add scrappy borders to “my style” like you add things that make it your style 🙂
    Any chance you would use bias binding and end the edges in the scallop of the border you are thinking you will use??? That would look amazing finished with a scrappy binding!!! Just food for thought 🙂 Thanks for sharing your talent here… love your posts! Kathi
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  • Victoria Oct 14, 2013

    Hi!. My vote goes for number 2. I think the flowers would be perfect for that quilt, it’s beautiful!. Love!
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  • Marianne Oct 14, 2013

    While I like them both, I think I prefer #1. It’s a little plainer and will allow all your wonderful applique and piecing to take the stage. Very nice quilt!

  • Nedra Oct 14, 2013

    I like #1 the best! Wonderful job on your quilt 🙂
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  • Byrd Oct 15, 2013

    The two blue templates which are rather angular and not so floral are my choice. It’s really neat to read everyone’s views . . . Take care, Byrd
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