Crazy I Know–But a Whole New Look

Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier, Williamsburg Beauty

Williamsburg Beauty was giving me fits and starts.  It was turning too dark to the point that I couldn’t find any color green for stems and vines that would show up well.  I decided it was time for the seam ripper to get to work while it was still easy to take some borders off and go for a new look – what caused this change was the fabric I found on the shelf yesterday – I knew I wanted to use it in this quilt but some of the brown had to come off.  Sometimes you have to just finally admit to yourself that your quilt is not going as you wanted it to and the color choices made might not be right.  I really wanted the quilt to work out how I had been planning it but it just wasn’t.

This is the fabric I am talking about.


First off all I had was a yard of this fabric – two pieces (1 yard of each) the print here below are the same color but the border print is different color so I didn’t want to cut into that second yard right now seeing as they were only 36 inches long I would have had to do some cutting and piecing anyhow.


The print is sewn in place the brown borders are pinned to the wall and I will work on them today.  A totally different look then what you saw a couple days ago – the little hexie flowers might still go somewhere but will probably end up on another project – they will not be wasted.


The last strips around I pinned in place to see what they would look like – if I use them I will need to cut the final two strips off of that yard of fabric for the bottom border.


A close up – I still plan on more borders – maybe a pieced border next on a light background – I still like those diamonds that were on one of the medallion quilts that I shared earlier in the week.


I rolled The Final Frontier down and looky, looky – the end is finally in sight!!    This quilt has been flying along – I will be joining Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy and the gang at some point today for some hand quilting and maybe some stitching on the snowman which hasn’t been touched much since I got all the pieces stapled in place.  I am also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework and Tweety Loves Quilting.


Craftsy is having a sale on supplies – this sale ends October 16 at midnight.  You will find that since they redid their web page and from the many sales they have had over the last six months or so that  a lot of products are out of stock. Sale ends tonight.  Thank you to all who order through my links I do appreciate it.

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46 comments… add one
  • Gretchen Oct 16, 2016

    The new fabric is lovely, it really looks nice. Have a peaceful Sunday. Blessings, Gretchen
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Gretchen I love it too – where as before I liked it but wasn’t sure what to do with it

  • Marianne Oct 16, 2016

    Love, love, love the new look! What wonders our stashes have when we really look through them!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      isn’t that fabric great – so glad I wasn’t stubborn enough not to change it!

  • Deb Oct 16, 2016

    That fabric is amazing ; I can see why you wanted to utilize it! 🙂
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      isn’t it pretty – I of course knew it was on the shelf as the shelf is open but everything is folded and stacked and I didn’t really “see” it if you know what I mean

  • Lorraine Oct 16, 2016

    Wow! I just love that fabric you are using for these last borders.

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      it is pretty isn’t it – I think it is close to 50 inches now with these borders I want it bigger though so will continue looking through what I have to finish

  • Celia Oct 16, 2016

    Beautiful, Karen, that fabric is looking so great on this quilt. As you say sometimes you just know something isn’t quite right and it’s worth the hassle of unpicking, looking forward to seeing what you do next!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Celia I’m glad I took the time to unstitch and redo!

  • LisaS Oct 16, 2016

    I really like this change to Williamsburg Beauty. Using that border fabric was a good design decision. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes next!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      sometimes we just have to admit it isn’t working out!

  • Alida Oct 16, 2016

    You did a great job with the change! It was nice before, but now I think the colors pop much more. It is so difficult sometimes to convince ourselves that undoing things is for the best 🙂 Thanks for sharing

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Alida – it looks totally different now

  • Shasta Oct 16, 2016

    What a beautiful medallion quilt! Love all the borders and the beautiful fabrics you have selected. I’ve bought a bunch of border prints, in hopes of making a medallion quilt someday.
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      I might need to gradually add more fabrics like this to add to the stash that I can cut apart and use in strips

  • Kathi Oct 16, 2016

    Wow Karen!!! I thought I liked your 3 borders with little hexies.. but I LOVE LOVE LOVE this border with the new outer border ( thus far anyway).. I know there are more to come and look forward to a pieced border… this is just such a cool original quilt for you to enjoy once completed!!!
    So happy you are seeing the end of the quilt on Final Frontier from your seat at the frame now!!! That is sooo cool! I still haven’t gotten back to stitching yet but the house is about back in order… all but our bedroom/closet and the sewing room… both look like cloth bombs exploded! hahaha!
    Have a great Sunday and keep up the good work.. hoping to blog either today or tomorrow… maybe today as my honey is going to help some people who’s house flooded remove debris! Yep… Matthew is still being felt on Florida’s east coast by many!!! Kathi
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      sorry you are still not back to normal after the hurricane I am so glad your area missed the worst of it and feel so bad for the people of North Carolina and now I read that parts of that state actually have a drought and then other parts are flooded. When does it end for them? it goes on forever it seems at times.

      • Kathi Oct 16, 2016

        Yes… not envying NOrth Carolina either… Matthew really dumped on them and many have lost homes permanently … it is very sad… didn’t know the west had drought issues though… crazy weather!!! Kathi
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  • Hellen Oct 16, 2016

    I really love your Williamsburg Beauty, the application, colors and borders!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thank you Hellen – I hope to continue coming up with good ideas for this quilt

  • Carole Oct 16, 2016

    That quilt is so interesting, love all the borders. We are in the drought area of NC, praying for rain and cooler temps.
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      I hope you get rain that you need soon – it is horrible how some states get so much rain in one area and other area is totally skipped.

  • Kate Oct 16, 2016

    The new borders really work. It’s hard to make those changes, but it’s better than getting to the end and not being happy at all. Enjoy your slow stitching today!
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      yes that is how I felt – I thought this would be one of those quilts that might never get finished as I was not real happy with it.

  • Gail Oct 16, 2016

    Beautiful borders on your medallion quilt! Have fun quilting today! Don’t you just love slow Sunday stitching time???
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks! yes slow stitching time sometime today!

  • Cynthia Brunz Oct 16, 2016

    I really like those borders you have come up with now. They frame the quilt so nicely. Thanks for sharing your lovely projects this week with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Cynthia – I like these borders too – now to the next step?

  • Diann Bottrell Oct 16, 2016

    That is definitely a pretty border fabric you’ve decided to use! I love how you are sewing it so that it will be continuous.
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks – it was a bit of a pain and the corners do not match, I couldn’t them to any way I tried but I managed to get them so they flow ok

  • Angie in SoCal Oct 16, 2016

    Your Williamsburg Beauty is truly beautiful. Love the fabric you are using. So close to a finish now on your quilting, yeah!
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Angie I am so glad I started to pull things off the shelf to look through them, the way I had it folded I had forgotten all about the design on this fabric

  • Jill Oct 16, 2016

    Gorgeous border. It frames the quilt nicely. I would use it. Better to switch now than be unhappy. However, I favor border prints. Jill

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Jill -I think it looks much better now then the way I had it – I was just too stubborn to try something else – glad I came to my senses!

  • Sarah Oct 16, 2016

    How clever you are, that new border on Williamsburg beauty looks really good!
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    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Sarah – I’m so glad that fabric caught my eye on the shelf the other day – a good reason to have a stash!

  • Sandra B Oct 16, 2016

    Karen, I love the change you made to Williamsburg Beauty! It really makes the border pop, and brightens up the quilt! Cannot wait to see what comes next….making a quilt really is a journey, and sometimes we don’t know where the design will take us! Glad to be following along with you!
    I knew you were moving along on Final Frontier, but didn’t realize how close to finish you are!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      I knew I was getting close to seeing the end in sight for the circles but it still came a little faster than I expected. Yes I am glad for the new look on William burgs Beauty

  • Sharon S Oct 16, 2016

    As so many of your other readers have said…..I love the new border. Go with it!!!!

    • Karen Oct 16, 2016

      thanks Sharon – I’m glad I changed it too

  • Vicki Oct 17, 2016

    Oh wow, I really like the new borders!

    • Karen Oct 17, 2016

      thank you Vicki – I think everyone prefers it this way – I’m so glad I happened to look up on the shelf and see that fabric tucked away there – I guess it shows that we really need to look through our stash and see what we have hidden away!

  • Karen Oct 19, 2016

    What a good fabric choice for the border.
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  • Quilter Kathy Oct 22, 2016

    I can’t believe that the Final Frontier is already coming to an end!
    You are speedy quick!
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    • Karen Oct 22, 2016

      I quilt almost every evening for an hour or two

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