Decision making was not yet done however as corner stones would be needed. Should they be green or purple? A compromise was needed and I started with a band of pale purple followed by a band of green, then repeated both bands. My friend Rhonda came to stay when I was in the midst of trying to lay out the blocks and she was a grand help with that. Thanks Rhonda! She is no doubt glad she did not have to be a part of all the other agonizing that came after that.
Moving right along, I had purchased the white dotted fabric for the sashes on a whim - I happened to be in the quilt shop on the day it came in and the store owner predicted it would be sold out in a week. Well, she was right. Not knowing how much I would need I asked for 2 yards - let me tell you, I cut those sashing strips with great trepidation as two yards was exactly what I needed and there is only a sliver of maybe an inch left.
And now, what was I going to do about a border? Another friend suggested I go with an inner narrow border of green or purple followed by an outer border repeating the white. I set to and cut a big number of 2" x 1" rectangles to piece that inner border. Although I really do prefer to buy directly from a quilt shop when I had visited all the local stores (at least five) and no-one had more of that white dot I had to purchase three yards online for the outer border. Washed and pressed, it waited patiently while the blocks were all assembled in their neat rows.
I had the top draped over the ironing board and was all set to cut the borders until...I turned and looked and said out loud "nope, that white border will just not do it!" Another new plan needed. The size was now so large that an unpieced border would have been very bland to my eye so I decided to piece it in a number of green fabrics. Some of the chosen ones were used in the blocks and some of the border greens had never actually been cut into for this project. Each one was patiently selected to play nicely with the block it was next to.
Still looking to do something a little more detailed, I fussy cut corners for both the purple inner border and the green outer border. Maybe the secret name for this quilt will be The Fussy Cut Fiend!
My plan for this quilt is to sew white buttons in the center of each of the cornerstones once the quilting has been completed - the buttons will come from my mother's button jar and thus will be the appropriate finishing touch. Thank you to my sister, Kayelle Kiwi, for both parting with the treasures from the jar that has lived with her since our mother passed away in 1997 and mailing them to me.
A name for this quilt will be needed and usually I have settled on a name before a quilt is even half done. This one I am still mulling over - currently I am favoring "Kate Sheppard Had Friends" to honor Kate who was a leader in the NZ suffrage movement.
And it is fitting that I finished my top in September which marks 120 years since women in New Zealand made history when the bill supporting Women's Suffrage was passed on September 19, 1893. The day is known as White Camellia Day named after supporters of votes for women who wore a white camellia. Alas, I could not find a white camellia print fabric but the stylised flowers in the four corners will vaguely recall that aspect.
The entire project has been a great one to be a part of. It has been so much fun working along knowing many others worldwide are doing the same. The history stories, so well researched by Ms Brackman, became a vital part of my Saturday for 49 weeks. The self imposed rush to finish my block and get it posted on the flickr site by the end of Sunday? Suffice to say, that will not be missed.
Thanks for following along with me. What happens next?