The last two days have found me torn between many activities - all of which I really wanted to do. But all in all, the braids were on my mind, and I haven't been able to sleep because I've been sewing right up until the last minute before I go to bed. Because there were some fabrics that were pretty distracting in the braids, I couldn't just sew the first row together. By discovering this, I was able to disperse the existing braids with the offending fabric, stop using it all together in the new ones, and continue making more and more braid.
The interruptions to the braid finale included, but were not limited to: completely cleaning out an 8 foot patio area, adding 15 bags of dirt, 3 bags of mulch, removing and relocation about 1,000 pounds of field rock from the last decorating attempt, planting flowers and ground cover, shopping for plant material, and the perfect base for a perfect fountain. The fountain was a gift (certificate) from a local garden center from my stitch group as a memory item for my mother. At first, we thought we would do a tree, but a long story later, the fountain won our hearts and the special place near our front door.
And, while we were at the garden center, we purchased a bit more plant material... ahem, a lot more! It actually was a pickup load full. And you have to understand that it is very, very hot and humid here, so planting and working outside right now is pretty hard!
This is just one of the plants: a Lady Baltimore hardy hibiscus. I already have one, but we brought home 2 white ones, this dark pink one that is just unfolding a 5" flower, and a pink stripey one. Some bushes and lilies also made it into the truck.
But I digress.
I finally got the first row of braid sewn together. Then I got the quilt down on the floor, and laid out the braid. This is what it looked like:
And I DON"T LIKE IT! No, I don't like it at all. It looks like it should be on a cowboy bunk. Bummer! I like the braid; I just don't like it with THIS quilt.
So what to do, what to do? Hmmm, let's try some of the other hunks of fabrics I happen to have on hand. This one is sort of dark, but maybe might work....and if I scallop the border?
Hubby likes this one, but I just don't know.
I think I need to put it all away and let it simmer a while.
As a matter of fact, I think I'll go and work on my Cherry Limeade.