Ladder of Hope by True

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Garden ladder
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-05-28T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-07-15T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:

Description

Have been working on my "problem quilt" using suggestions you have all made and things are much better now!  I have it up on design wall and have worked on a scrappy border.  The white inner border is sewn on (it is currently 2 1/4 inches but I decided I want it a bit thinner so pinned other border to make it 1 1/2 inches and I think I like that better).  The outer border is sewn in strips but just pinned next to quilt so I can live with it...I have made some changes as I have looked at it.  So will live with a couple of days and then sew on or make further changes as needed.

Fabric Flora by Lauren & Jessi Jung for Moda Fabrics (which are lovely)

Update 6-14-12 Borders are all sewn on...I am goign to wait a little while to quilt as it is going to MI with me in August as a gift to my godmother so I have time.  IF I can get my FMQing good enough I would use it on this quilt as its style feels better suited to it then straight line...but if I do not get to that point I can always straight line it in time:-)

Update 6-24-12 This has been pin basted and is ready to be quilted.

Update 7-4-12 It is quilted and ready to be trimmed and binding added:-)

Update 7-15-12 Done...and while not your traditional collaborative quilt it is one since all of you helped get it done and not in a closet somewhere!  Thank you  (oh  and same cat different quilt;-)

Pictures

Loves

Margranda

Comments

Thesewingchick

But the fabrics are so beautiful! Every quilt is a lesson, this one is helping you realize what your likes and dislikes are. Could you still add a border? Maybe a solid white would really make the fabrics pop. I hope it grows on you, I like it !!

Jess

I agree with thesewingchick - could you add a border now? Would that help you dislike it less? I'm sure the person you made it for will love it!

Caribousmom

I agree that you could still add a border (I personally would choose a narrow orange border and then piece a scrappy second border using the left over fabrics). I actually really like this one (maybe it is all that orange in there which is my favorite color in a quilt). Don't despair. I think you could still play with this one and make it something you would enjoy more - think of it as a challenge!

Caribousmom

You know, I keep looking at this quilt...and I think maybe the one fabric that is pulling your eye and maybe not playing as well with the others is the solid orange...I wonder if a softer fabric there would change the whole look of the quilt (like maybe that blue/orange print on the left side).

True

Thank you all for your kind words and ideas...I have been staring at wondering about a border so our encouragement will keep me looking at it with that idea. Wendy you are correct about the orange and swapping it out (which in person alone is a great fabric but bolder than I thought it would be...) but I would have to buy more fabric to move it. Now I think I have enough fabric to do a scrappy border and come up with an inner one... If I went with white have loads of that but not sure of any other color. The orange is what I would have noticed if I had put it on design wall first! The backing I ordered is the yellow on right side of quilt...and the binding is also from collection but not in quilt anywhere.

True

Our= your encouragement

Sheila542

I agree with Caribousmom. It's the Orange, I think it needs a value adjustment. Something to tone it down. It is the focal point - an applique treatement, thread painting, etc. could bring the value in line with the other fabrics and add an interesting surprise to the quilt. It's frustrating to work so hard and then not like the result. One of the reasons I switched from dress making to quilting. You'll figure it out.

True

Damn orange I knew it before I sewed it all together should have listened to my gut! I really appreciate all the help and comments...I love this place!! As I would just be sitting here bummed. I took a 2.5 inch piece of white and put it with it as inner border and then threw up some scraps with no thought to arrangement just to see what they would look like (they are 3" wide) and took pics and added on here. Looking at it I think this will work...if I am very strategic in how I use the orange in border so it is there but the other fabrics/colors are more dominate I think it will draw the focus away some and make the orange better as a whole... feel free to comment:-) For now I will leave it up and see how it is living with it...

True

Oh and in person the orange and teal have a very beautiful feather tone on tone print...maybe when on a lap and not a wall that is what I will notice;-)

True

Caribousmom I am trying to test what Alex did but not sure I did it right

True

OMG I think I did it...hi Wendy;-)

Laweigel

I love your quilt! the orange is so playful. i'd do a solid white 3"-ish border, scrappy border next, bind with orange. Then, get it quilted and then decide if you don't love it! Sometimes, once the quilt is done and quilted, you end up loving it!

Caribousmom

Yeah, it totally worked (now how DID you do that!??!?) I like Laweigel's suggestion because binding it with orange will draw your eye outward. I also think a scrappy border will be perfect with pops of that orange. You just need something to make your eye move around the quilt rather than getting focused on that one orange stripe. I have a feeling this is going to end up being spectacular - you can do it, my friend!!

Caribousmom

let me try this @True

Caribousmom

hmmmm, that didn't work!

Caribousmom

let me see - I want to let Laweigel know I liked her comment...

Rebecca

Yay Caribousmom ! True, I think you're on to something with the white inner border and scrappy outer border. The orange kind of reminds me of a giant orange zipper down the middle of your quilt dividing it. You need something to bring it all back together - some of the orange and turquoise in your outer border could help to balance it out. I also think a darker binding - either the orange or turquoise would help too but you may be ok without it if there's enough in the border.

Robynie

I really don't think this is that bad... I agree with most of the other suggestions. I think adding the scrappy border with bits of the orange will disperse the focal point that is being created by the orange as is. Also, if this is a quilt that is going to be used rather than hung, having a completely successful overall composition is not really all that crucial, because the user won't be scrutinizing it up on a wall the way you are. I do really like this pattern though. I'm sure you'll sort something out!

True

We are so cool we know how to use the modern technology Alex gives us;-) Rebecca zipper is exactly what it looks like! What I ordered (with backing) for border is a turquoise lattice but I can always modify that as needed. I went with turquoise as that and yellow are the colors the person getting it (maybe) likes best...but if orange works better to create the movement Caribousmom so correctly says it needs I can be flexible!! And thanks Robynie I keep reminding myself this will not be on a wall!

True

I think I need a new name for this poor quilt;-)

Caribousmom

I agree - it needs a more positive and uplifting name!!!

Caribousmom

I love the new name!!!

Terryt1955

This quilt has morphed into a very nice quilt. The thin white inner border jazzed up by the scappy outer border is just what the Dr. ordered. And isn't this place cheaper than therapy!!!

Caribousmom

OMG, the borders have TOTALLY worked! I love it! Aren't you glad you stuck with this one? I feel like we were all like a bunch of cheerleaders shaking our pom poms and urging you on to this terrific finish!

Thesewingchick

It looks great! The pieced outer border picks up all the colors in the quilt and now the orange doesn't stand out as much. Great job! Now you can call it the quilt you grew to love!!

Rebecca

What a difference the borders made! (Love the new name too!)

True

Thank you all for the comments and again for the help! You were cheerleaders plus project consultants...and you helped save this quilt. LOL Terryt1955 much cheaper than therapy AND much cheaper than sticking it in a closet and never looking at it again! And when I woke up a looked at it this morning I did love it Thesewingchick .

Jess

Those borders really helped tremendously! Great job. Glad you love it now!

FiveWombats

The borders really pull the quilt together. Great job, True !

Kirstenblake

This is beautiful. I don't know how I missed this original post but, to me, the orange looks like it belongs and works well in the quilt! I love the white border surrounded by the scrappy border. I think whoever is getting this quilt will love it.

Laweigel

NIce! What a beautiful quilt! And, just think once its quilted, it will be gorgeous!

True

Thank you both...it took the "village" of Threadbias to make this one work! But I love it now...

Jess

I love it, I hope you do now too!

Laweigel

Wow, it turned out amazing...kitty's name?!

True

Jess thanks and I do love it...and I think new owner will too:-) Laweigel thanks and her name is Little Dipper...because when we got her my son (age 8 at time) thought she looked like the stars at night and back then she was little;-) She goes by Dipper now;-)

Laweigel

Very cute kitty name! I also have a 20 year old son, a golden retriever and a chocolate lab. No kitties...not since I was little! ~Lori

True

What are you dog's names Laweigel ? Ours are Bella and Sadie (Sadie is a rescue and we kept her name). Other cats...Lily, Hurricane and Sebago!

Laweigel

Chocolate lab is Mrs. Beans (Beans) and golden retriever is Rocket Man (Rocky). Beanies is smart, cheerful & sweet and Rocky is dumb, slow moving and very mean (with other dogs), but we love him.

Caribousmom

Mary, this came out so great. Love the binding fabric and the way you quilted it. I also love how this quilt went from one you hated, to one you liked :)

Terryt1955

Exactly as Caribousmom said, a quilt you hated has morphed into one of the nicest modern quilts. And if you didn't have that bold orange ladder in the middle as the focal point the others would have just blended in. You pulled it off!!!

True

Thank you Caribousmom and Terryt1955 ... I love that it went from something I want to hide to something I am proud of...again all of you were so helpful. And I learned a lot along the way...even in quilting it... I was baffled what to do and decided to just start and I am very happy about it. And it really does work very well for the person who is getting it as far as her style and home...and more traditional pattern would not have been as "perfect" for her. Another lesson in stick with something, ask for help and get out of your box... And Laweigel love the names and of course you love Rocky...they each give us something different:-)

CoraQuiltsCarla

Lovely! I have a Flora jellyroll and a bit of yardage wanting to become a quilt :). Such pretty fabric.

True

Thank you Coraquiltscarla it is gorgeous fabric...I give it to the new owner in a little over a week and I am excited for her to get it:-)

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