Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Who Took Spring?

Well, after my last post, we had a week of very warm weather - Friday it was 70F, and then the bottom dropped out - the next day was in the 20's!  Lots of rain, and more coming tonight - so much that my neighbor's yard looks like wetlands.  They now have ducks.


They do not have a pond - just low spots where the water pools.  The deer like it too.

Today is Fat Tuesday.  Around here, we celebrate with Paczkis, pronounced "punch-key".  They're a Polish donut made with lots of sugar, lard, and filling - to use up all the good stuff before Lent.  I'm not Catholic, but I do like paczki's.  When I got up this morning, there was one red raspberry left.


It didn't last long.

I've almost finished my spring tulips pattern - but I need your help!!  I've been staring at it so long my eyes are going crossed.


Forgive the abominable picture - it's raining [again] and my design wall is in the darkest corner.  Sashing is on, I ended up buying some Michael Miller Clown Stripe from Fabric.com, see how much smaller it is compared to the stripe I was putting together?  I like it much better.  Now, borders - maybe?  What do you think?  Does it need a border?  Red or black?  I'm thinking I just might call it done and bind it, but again, red or black?  The plan was to put a red border with black binding, or black border with red binding, but like I said, I'm going cross-eyed.  

Decisions decisions.  Please weigh in with your thoughts!!!  

I'm going to go find some chocolate and hide in a corner.  And then I'm going to go visit some blogs before the storms kick in tonight!

Love,
Allie

31 comments:

I am said...

Hi Allie i think i would like red border black binding,it is beautiful,good luck with your decision.

conny's quilts said...

I like the combinasion ib the picture. A bit scrappy with both stripes, the red and the black, just the way you layd it out ib the picture. I really love how those tulips turned out.

Nancy J said...

Water for the ducks, and the red border, maybe a black binding. That will frame those lovely tulips.

Jenny of Elefantz said...

LOVE your tulips, and those donuts sound delicious.
Shall I throw a spanner in the works?? The red and black and green are the wow factor, the colours that pop out and grab you. I think you need some 'eye relief' if you use a border...maybe even more of the softer yellow?? Just my opinion. And I'm not a true quilter so I'm looking with stitcher's eyes. ;-)

Linda in Calif. said...

I was going to say red - but after reading Jenny's answer, I agree with her. (Love the ducks and mini lake!)

Sandra :) said...

Internet is glitching (something about a server problem with Amazon, which seems to be affecting huge swathes of the web!) and it ate my thoughtfully worded (ok, my quick-on-the-fly) reply :D Mainly I made a joke that I didn't wear a winter coat for most of the winter because my hot flashes made it too uncomfortable, and that I managed with a fall coat :D

Jan said...

I like your tulips. Maybe red border with black binding?

WoolenSails said...

We had warm, now cloudy, then rain and they mentioned snow, ugh.
Love the tulips, a happy piece for spring.

Debbie

Yvonne said...

Your tulips turned out great! So very Dutch! The tulips here are popping out of the ground. No Spring here yet though. We also have a lot of rain almost every day.
I love the red for a border and the black for binding.

Little Quiltsong said...

Oh Paczkis - we now call them Pommeln! My dad always used the polish word though it reverted more to the German one later. I haven't made them in a looooong time. I just roll mine in sugar - no fillings, but my MIL always filled hers :)! I need to bake these again. Not sure what to suggest for your cute Tulip Wall Hanging - I would almost suggest no border and just bind it in red, but if possible, use one of your smaller red prints from your tulips - maybe the small polka-dot one.

Lin said...

Lovely tulips - I think red with black binding but I also like Jenny's idea so maybe you should audition that too!
Just back home yesterday after a month in warm, sunny dry Spain - here it is cold, wet and windy! Not nice. xx

B J Elder said...

Love your tulips! I think red border with black binding would really set it off.
We have had more snow and more is in our forecast this week, but today it is to be in the upper 40s. I am hoping our piles of snow in the gardens will be gone in time for oye Spring bulbs to bloom and be enjoyed. 😊

Susan said...

I like it the way it is and would use a narrow red or black binding.

Beth said...

Hi Allie! I think a border would be nice, and I'm wondering if you've thought about a contrasting border. What would you think about introducing blue? Or maybe using green? And then a solid black for the border to rein them in. This is the touch of spring we all need. We, too, are jumping back and forth between spring and winter. Our trees and roses are budding out and then getting blasted with snow and ice. Poor things.

Kathy said...

Oh I hope I'm not too late with my binding suggestion. How about no border, but instead one of those bindings where you use two colors. I think it's called a flanged binding but I could be wrong. You cut two strips of binding, two different colors. In your case, use red and black. One strip is cut wider than the other so there is a narrow edge of color, say red, and then mostly black to the binding. I'm really taking the long way around explaining this . . . sheesh. I might have a tutorial saved if you don't know what I mean here.

Natureluvr57 said...

I like Jenny's suggestion of introducing yellow, one that matches that small amount of background, for a border. I prefer the black for binding. I think the red would take your eye away from the tulips and they should remain the focal point. This is such a strange winter...please pray for Naplate and Ottawa Illinois not too far from me. They were hit by tornadoes last night, leaving 1 dead and 14 injured. It demolished a nursing home but thankfully no serious injuries there. It must be devastating. Enjoy the duck visitors.

Jackie Heath said...

Beautiful tulips! I definitely would border in red. Hope your mom is still progressing. Been in your shoes, so hang in there! Thanks for wonderful designs. Jackie Heath

Lynne Stucke said...

Lovely and CHEERFUL!!!! I think I can hear it asking for the red border and black binding to finish it off, though, I love it!

Jeanette said...

Oh those doughnuts sound delish. I agree red border, black binding. The tulips look fabulous. Hugs, xx

Janice Holton said...

Because of those tiny little red squares, you really do need a border of something. Even just adding binding right now you'll lose some of the square. Especially if you border or bind in red. I would not use red there. I think I would use a white border and then one of the other colors in the quilt for the binding. Black and red flanged binding would be pretty. Just my 2 cents worth!

Fiona said...

I haven't heard of those eats.. .here it is all about pancakes but I didn't make any..... I love your tulips.... I love tulips - they are so happy. I'm late reading and I see lots of clever suggestions so I'm just going to wait and see what you do..... I'm really of the opinion lots of ideas work but just give different looks...
Hugz

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I love your tulips, but I can't think of anything else, but the raspberry donut................:( I want one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sunny said...

We live in Pennsylvania Dutch country, so we celebrate Fastnacht day. Yummy donuts. DH went to get some, and they were still warm when he got home!!!!! Love the tulips. I'm a visual girl, so I would have to see each option auditioned in order to make a decision. But maybe back binding?

Karen Schurr said...

The tulips are terrific! I like Jenny's idea, but the more I look at it, I'm leaning toward black....then again, with time the black might fade much more than red or yellow. But the black makes the reds pop to my eye. Sorry, not too much help, huh. :)

Quiltsmiles said...

Great spring tulip, I actually like all three of you border selections you showed and think inserting a bit of one into another and then a whole side of a totally different fabric to use all of them! What fu n!

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

My 2 cents...A small white border (or a yellow) to let your eyes rest and then a red binding. I love red. =)

Verna G said...

Very pretty quilt. I think the red border and black binding sounds good. Look foreward to seeing it.

Karen said...

Me, I would go with a red border. And wonder what the black and white stripe binding cut on the bias would look like. Probably too busy. If so, black binding.

desertskyquilts said...

No border, red binding. I love the ducks swimming in the low spot! LOL Your tulips are terrific. I can't believe 70s to 20s in one day! I hope it's gone back up again.

Cathy said...

Mallards are so funny. They will find a puddle of water anywhere and swim around. Your quilt is so sweet. I love the sashing. I think anything you decide on will look great. I would put a small black inner border and maybe a red final border. Hugs

KaHolly said...

My friends have a mallard pair that hang out in their above ground pool and nest in a cavity in the old tree beside it! They are so funny. I like your tulips just as they are. Red binding and done! XO

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