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Orca Bay Quilt Back (Part 9) and What’s Next

I’ve pieced the backing for the Orca Bay quilt:

Whenever I get the quilting completed, I will show a better photo, or two.

For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here.    
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 4, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 5, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 6, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 7, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 8, click here.
 

The sewing machine has been cleaned and oiled.  The floor has been vacuumed.  So what’s next?

I’m taking out an old UFO to work on.  I was learning Brazilian embroidery with this project, and I love it!  I don’t know why I never finished it.  There is not alot left to embroider.

How shall I finish this when the embroidery is done?  Frame it?  Make a pillow?  Make a crazy, scrappy border for it? 

Any ideas?

Anyone?

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Part 8

It has been busy around here (mundane but necessary stuff), so I’m not accomplishing alot where sewing is concerned, but I am so happy I have completed the Orca Bay top!

The blocks that will become the pieced border:

Three borders sewn on:

I was going to stop with the white, pieced and black borders , but I thought it was too dark; that the top needs more color.

So I pieced an orange border:

And now the flimsy really is done.

It will be a while before Orca Bay gets quilted.  I’ve never used a long arm service before, but I am saving my pennies for this one.

If you’d like to see previous posts on my version of the Orca Bay mystery quilt, you can follow my progress (including an alternate layout I made using EQ7) by looking under Categories > Quilts in the side bar.

Or:

For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here.    
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 4, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 5, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 6, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 7, click here.

Orca Bay and Small Stuff

A little of this.  A little of that.

See these two misplaced orange string blocks?

They are not misplaced any longer.  I’ve ripped and resewed and now they follow the diagonal black blocks.  I’m so happy that I only had to rework two of these little guys!

My sister created this beautiful bead necklace for me! (She loves me!)

In return, I am altering two blouses for her.  Yes, I volunteered…she didn’t ask for anything.  Yes…I hate mending and alterations!  I can think of lots of things I’d rather do.  I have a couple of clothing items that have been sitting in the sewing studio for months.  They are mine…so I can let them sit there if I want.  And I am.

One of the quilt guilds that I attend is asking members to create name tags.  And a friend gave me an introduction to beading.  So I thought I’d combine the two.

I found a leftover scrap from a quilt project to use for my tag (Oh yes, I love orange!).

Then I had to make things difficult for myself.  Why did I think such a simple thing should be complicated with beadwork?  I hope my name is somewhat readable when I’m through with this thing.

What’s the small stuff that you are working on? 

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Part 5

Since I am not at home where I can finish sewing my version of Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay Mystery Quilt, I drew the design in EQ7This gave me much needed practice with EQ7, and a clear vision of the quilt.

In reading Yahoo Quiltville posts and link-ups, I’ve noticed that there has been some discussion on layouts.  One indeed must be careful about positioning the many blocks.  It is very easy to turn a block the wrong way.

I’ve only used color here to bring out the design of the quilt.  There are many terrific color combinations posted by Orca Bay participants.

The first layout shows Bonnie’s direction; the blue (red for Bonnie’s version) string triangle blocks all point to the light Ohio star blocks. 

In both layouts, the orange string blocks follow the diagonal lines of the layout and create a wonderful secondary design element.

The blue string blocks in Layout 2 all point to the dark Ohio stars.  This one change creates a dramatic difference in how the quilt looks.

There is no right or wrong; just personal preference.  You decide.

Addendum:
I just discovered that I forgot to turn a couple of orange blocks in Layout 1.  Like I said…it is easy to turn a block the wrong way in this quilt.  LOL!
 
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here.    
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 4, click here.
 
 

Orca Bay Mystery Quilt Part 4

For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 1, click here.
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 2, click here.      
For Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery quilt – Part 3, click here.
 

Part 2 was all about warm string blocks, so I’ve chosen to sew Part 4’s string blocks in cool blues.  No planning here; I’m mixing it up.  Confederate blue, teal, light blues, dark blues, some purple thrown there, floral prints, corn, Asian prints, hand-dyes, dots, whatever I have on hand. 

Will it all work together?  The controller in me says that the teal strip does not go well with blue-gray plaid strip.  I’m turning up the music so I can’t hear her.  ‘Que sera, sera…whatever will be will be….’

All pressed and lookin’ good.

Trimmed up.  Will they play nice?

It’s a mystery.  But I’m likin’ it!