Lime, terra cotta and magenta!

I fell in love with this fabric because it was a wonderful orange color with shots of turquoise and magenta and lime…loved it! I already made one piece

Walk In The Park

using it and have shown you some of what I was thinking on a second piece. Well….my favorite orange has kind of taken a back seat on the new look at a second piece. I kept looking for an orange or magenta or turquoise background that would make me happy and had no success. The wise advice to make visual decisions visually is what finally clicked for me. Green background fabric almost jumped off the shelf and screamed at me!

I hadn’t considered green because most of my ‘blocks’ were very green.

Sometimes the obvious is just not that obvious to me…green was only a starting point and the blocks could easily be bordered with that wonderful orange.

Mmmmm….not so much. Orange did not work…at least, not any orange I had. Turquoise–nope. Magenta! In several shades, very subtle color differences.

Couched shades of magenta yarn around each block and then I wanted the feeling of a grid of roads or walkways so I couched more yarn between the blocks.

I’m quite pleased with what I have so far and hung it back on the design wall to see about a border. First, I’ll try out a couple of fabrics and see if anything speaks to me. I may end up deciding no border…do either of these speak to you for a border?


Guess what? I am NOT planning on any beading on this piece! I want to do lots of quilting in the areas enclosed by the ‘roads’ with all the different shades of magenta thread I have. The bright lime, turquoise and orange have pretty much been relegated to little accents now and I’m okay with that!

We’ll see what decisions tomorrow brings.

14 thoughts on “Lime, terra cotta and magenta!

    • You’ll have to show me what you mean ’cause the picture in my head is saying ruffle and I’m pretty sure that’s not what you mean! Piping? I need a visual on this!


      • Yes. Piping but without the cord. Sherry had some on the small pieces she was working on at the KEQ meeting before last. It’s basically a long strip that you fold in half wrong sides together. Then you sew it just inside the line you would use for the batting or somewhere between 1/8 or 1/4 inch. Then do your binding the same as always. You can do several different things with the flange corners too. I use these a lot because you can add just a tiny pop of a different color in there. I sometimes use them in the interior of the quilt too but only if I am quilting it myself as I don’t need any long armers trying to kill me. I am using one that is 1 1/4 folded in half which after the binding seam will leave less than 1/4″ of red on the quilt I dropped off to Kathy. I wanted to bind it in the red but only had about 13″ left so that was my solution. If I get it done by the next meeting I’ll show you. But you will probably see Sherry first.


  1. I really like what you have done. Do not think it needs a border. The darker edges of the piece hold your eye in the center and the appliqued pieces create nice movement around the piece.


        • I know, but I don’t like artist bindings, or facings. I get tired of regular binding and it’s harder to quilt evenly with an envelope turn…I like couched edge bindings, but not so much for larger pieces. So….for this one it could go with a same color binding, a contrasting binding or perhaps turning the front edge over to the back. But no border!


  2. It is so difficult to move the images from our mind into reality. I think you have been very brave with your color choices and it has paid off. I would not choose a border until all the quilting is done. And maybe it won’t even need borders.


    • I’m not so good at adding a border after the quilting is done. I want to see the whole thing before I start the quilting! I’m thinking maybe a binding of the orange will accent and finish it off just fine. I’m becoming a fan of no borders!


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