HQAL: two projects in the works

Can you believe we are entering into October already? I am ready and anxious for cooler weather. Colder weather means more indoor time and more progress on my hand projects.

In the works and closer to being finished is the baby quilt for our nephew with baby due in mid October.



I have her pinned and ready to sew in the lace and binding. Here’s the dilemma before I start. I had this great green border that disappeared once I added the blanket binding. Bad planning. I could move the binding out but I don’t have the extra batting edge left. Any thoughts on whether to proceed as is or rework this?


The other project in the works for this HQAL is the T Quilt. I had begun piecing it together. I had settled on a basic black sashing to frame in each block.



I am not happy with the hard dark look of the black. Then I saw on Kate of Talltalesfromchiconia her gorgeous quilt she is piecing together and I think I want to change up what I am doing. You can see her post below. I think the grey she used is so lovely.


I would love to have your input on this. Should I continue with the black and see how it looks, maybe go two rows or switch out to grey? Would the grey look to washed out with these bolder colors? What do you think?

Happy fall everyone! Please take a moment to visit the pages of the others in this HQAL. There is some amazing hand work going on. And if you have a hand worked project, we would love to have you join in on the fun. See you in 3 weeks πŸ™‚

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.Β  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy,Β Margaret,Β Emma,Β Tracy,Β Deb,Β Susan,Β Β Nanette,Β Β Edith,Β Sharon,Β Karrin,Β GretchenΒ andΒ Kathi



19 thoughts on “HQAL: two projects in the works

  1. Karrin Hurd September 29, 2019 / 3:28 pm

    I think I would use grey rather than black. Great work!

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    • nwpaintedlady September 29, 2019 / 4:18 pm

      Thanks Karrin, I appreciate your input on this…leaning towards the grey πŸ™‚


  2. Jocelyn Thurston September 29, 2019 / 4:33 pm

    I love that turtle and you are right, what a find! My daughter loves turtles and we have them in our little pond. Meanwhile, lovely hand stitching and I wish I was better at choosing colours to give you an opinion. Perhaps the gray would be a little softer overall; but whatever you do will be wonderful.

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    • nwpaintedlady September 29, 2019 / 7:17 pm

      I love the turtle too πŸ™‚ Leaning towards grey and almost there πŸ™‚ Thanks for your suggestion much appreciated.


  3. katechiconi September 29, 2019 / 7:16 pm

    Hi Sharon, lovely blocks. I’d say the grey would work fine, but maybe also consider a navy blue as a softer alternative to the black if you think the grey would be too washed out. It’s my go-to dark contrast, and as you already have blues in the blocks, it would tie in well. With the baby quilt, my only suggestion is to make the edging narrower so more of the green shows.

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    • nwpaintedlady September 29, 2019 / 7:29 pm

      HI Kate~ You had suggested the navy blue before and I liked it then – I don’t want to overthink this, navy or a darker grey it will be. I agree, I need to go with a narrower border on the baby quilt πŸ™‚ Sharon

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  4. Deb September 29, 2019 / 7:38 pm

    Narrow the edging would be my input, the quilt looks so huggable! A darker gray or charcoal would not be as bold as black .

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    • nwpaintedlady September 30, 2019 / 1:34 am

      Thank you Deb I’ll be going charcoal I think, I was totally thinking a darker grey over a light grey. Looks like a narrow edging is in the works for the baby quilt too

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  5. kathyreeves September 29, 2019 / 9:08 pm

    I will third the narrowing of the edging, and I’m in favor of at least auditioning some charcoal gray for the sashing on the T’s. I love the baby quilt, it looks so very cushy!

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    • nwpaintedlady September 30, 2019 / 1:32 am

      Looks like consensus is to narrow the edging so that’s what I’ll be doing πŸ™‚ auditioning some charcoal it is! Thanks for your input always appreciated ~ Sharon

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  6. dezertsuz September 30, 2019 / 1:27 am

    On the baby quilt … It’s a baby quilt, and it’s going to be dragged everywhere, if they do it right. Go with it as it is. You can be perfect on the next quilt you make. =) Gray or black. Kate’s blocks are all in the same pastel tones. Yours are some light and some dark. I think the black will look better, but I’m not sure about the black with the two darkest blocks … or the gray with the lightest blocks. I think the only way to be sure is to lay the questionable blocks on the black and the gray, with the same amount showing as you are using for sashing, take pictures and then compare them. The camera sees things the eye doesn’t, and vice versa.

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    • nwpaintedlady September 30, 2019 / 1:37 am

      Great advice Susan. I was thinking more towards the darker grey as you said, Kates grey was light with pastel blocks. With my blocks so bold they need that ‘something’ to frame them in. I’ll be playing around with it πŸ™‚ I am going to go with a narrower border though. I really am disappointed the green is gone 😦 I’ll get her fixed up for baby ‘schlepping’ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Sharon

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      • dezertsuz September 30, 2019 / 2:01 am

        baby schlepping – I like it! Is that Hebrew? LOL

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        • nwpaintedlady September 30, 2019 / 1:04 pm

          Just a little yiddish thrown in πŸ™‚


  7. KerryCan September 30, 2019 / 11:09 am

    Are you 100% committed to the satin binding? I tried to sew it on a handwoven baby blanket once and had a terrible time with it! I do think the blanket will be loved either way. And I guess the black is pretty harsh-looking–so any dark solid would be preferable and will make the blocks glow!

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    • nwpaintedlady September 30, 2019 / 1:07 pm

      I have used the satin binding on many cotton baby blankets, hand sewn on, and have never had a problem with it. Always appreciate your feed back – black is out πŸ™‚ Sharon


  8. Texas Quilter September 30, 2019 / 3:52 pm

    Sharon confused on baby quilt. Is the pink a border?

    BUT think on this. Put a 1 or 2 inch border around each block that contrasts the predominate color of each block. You will be showcasing each block.


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    • nwpaintedlady September 30, 2019 / 5:06 pm

      The pink is that satin wide ribbon type baby blanket border. I really like the idea of bordering eating block separately with predominate color – perfect! Thank you πŸ™‚


  9. craftycreeky October 1, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I used a smudged sort of dark grey with my Splendid Sampler quilt and it’s worked really well, still dark but not as hard.


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