Monday, December 3, 2007

Beading the Border Blocks, Part 2

We've got a corker winter storm underway here in the Northwest....hurricane force winds on the NW Oregon coast and flood warnings for all rivers and streams in our region. The best thing to do is to hunker down and bead!

That's my bead soup in the upper right.

The left hand side of the quilt's border is now beaded...starting from the bottom and moving up....

Ah, Elvis. How did he get here? He sure is cute, isn't he? And that looks to be a handknit sweater he's wearing....

My friend Willa gave me this butterfly fabric, and it always makes me think of her...

Halfway done now with the border blocks!

I have to apologize...I sailed out the door yesterday to go to the Beadcats open house and as I was barreling down the driveway I realized I had forgotten my camera. Being in no mood to turn around (having just made my great escape from husband and son who were disappointed I would not be around all afternoon), I just kept going. Plus, it was pouring! Sorry about that...

I did find some beads that may very well end up along the inner edge of my binding. What's another week of work at this point, right?
Stop laughing at me!!!
And thanks for all your viewing suggestions...it all sounds good. My inclination is to start with "Deadwood"....

Thankfully, most of these were deeply discounted....we'll see how they work. Nothing like designing in the heat of a shopping trip.....

10 comments :

Possibilities, Etc. said...

Never mind designing on the run during a shopping trip - just grab what sparkles and shines in pretty colors - stash - and design later. I am still loving the tiny little fans I can see nestled in corners of patches.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I really, really wish I could see this quilt in person because I know it is absolutely gorgeous. It's gorgeous in the photos so I can just imagine how much better it must look in real life. I'm in such awe of your work.

Barbara C said...

The border is really beautiful. I love that little Elvis surprise. I say keep beading until the storm passes. The quilt will let you know when it's done.

We're getting a piece of the same storm, but it's not quite as strong-- only 60 mph winds. I'm grateful that we still have power. Last year the whole county went dark for several days.

Here's hoping you're beading with electric light.

Debra Spincic said...

Some of my best designing is during a shopping trip! Your piece is really getting gorgeous!

Jo in NZ said...

Alison this quilt is just beautiful. I was surprised at the size of it, as I imagined it would be a double bed size (inches mean nothing to us kiwis!).
The random beading across patches is stunning and I will plagarize that idea sometime in the future...

Rian said...

I was wondering how you were in the storm.... Love your attitude--hunker down and bead. Attagirl!

Marty52 said...

You must have quite the view of the storm from your studio, Allie. Stay warm... was H by any chance an Elvis fan? So to speak? ;0) This quilt is gonna be over the top!

Susan said...

I "downloaded" one of the pics to get the up close look, and this is just beautiful work. I'm sure the binding will need beading - maybe some stitching, too. =)

Designing on a shopping trip? Sounds normal to me. =) I don't know what they cost, but the beads look like a nice haul.

The Carolina Quilter said...

Allie, I tagged you for a meme and screwed it up so don't know if you'll get notified--it's not been an A day--sorry.

Caroline Heinrichs said...

Gorgeous!