If I had made the quilt exactly as the ATC did in her tutorial, I would have ended up with a square quilt. I decided that I wanted to make the quilt into more of a rectangle. So, after cutting the 9 patches into 4 squares, I laid out those squares 5 across, and 7 down. This worked out perfectly because I ended up with just the right amount squares.
For the borders, I decided on using the turquoise color - to bring out that color in the quilt. I, of course, needed to buy more border fabric. *sigh* The things we quilters must do. I got the border fabric at Someart Fabric. She shipped the fabric right away. She made a mistake and sent me the wrong fabric - but replaced it almost immediately when I told her. I will definitely be shopping there again.
For the first border I used the plainish looking turquoise, and for the next border I used the stripe. There is actually a caterpillar on this stripe. I used that as the center for the border. The dimensions of the stripe worked out perfectly. They were 3 1/2 inch strips, and after sewing them on, I got that neat little edge of polka dots. In fact, I only had to cut off the caterpillar and then I got my next border strip. I used the last border to try to tie in all of the colors of the quilt.
I decided to sew on the strips so that the bees were circling around the quilt. Now all I have to do is decide what color thread I'm going to use to quilt this baby. Oh, and then actually quilt it.
I really ended up liking this quilt! My husband and middle daughter both said that they really liked it too.
Boy, what a dry quilt description this was! I just wanted to get in details. I don't really know why. LOL
If you've made it this far, to liven things up, I'll tell you that, yes, we did feel the earthquake yesterday. We're about 40 miles from the epicenter, so it wasn't too bad. We felt the initial shake, and then the ground just kept move - like it was rolling. I've been through many earthquakes, but this was the first time I experience that rolling motion. And I swear it lasted for about 45 seconds - which isn't a long time, unless you're experiencing an earthquake (or some other such disaster). The girls were home with me and thought it was cool. That was the first earthquake that really remember feeling. My son was at school and they evacuated the school. My husband was at work - and get this for practicality. He said he was in the cafeteria eating lunch when they felt the earthquake. He knew what was coming, so he scarfed down the rest of his lunch really fast. And sure enough, they evacuated the buildings. He said a bunch of people around him were saying, "what should I do with my lunch?", but his was already finished. I guess this is one of times when it paid for him to learn to eat really fast when he was in the Marine Corp.