At what point does a WIP (work-in-progress) become a UFO (unfinished object?). It was early December 2022 when I last posted about one of my WIPs, a ’30s reproduction quilt top made some 20 years ago by my friend Vivienne, finished by me, and quilted by Karlee Sandell. I was speculating on my options for binding fabric, knowing the final choice needed to go well with the border fabric and the various ’30s repro fabrics within the quilt:
I figured it would be a cinch to find a medium-light solid blue, Alas, I visited three quilt shops and came home empty-handed each time. None of the shops had just the right shade of blue. I did have enough of the border print to bind the quilt but I was stubbornly holding out for a solid to frame the quilt.
Months passed. My WIP was dangerously close to becoming a UFO. To the rescue came a quilting friend, Sue H., who had inherited a friend’s vast stash of fabrics. The stash included a bin of ’30s reproduction prints and solids. Sue told me she thought there was a blue in the bin that might work. I admit to being dubious but when she brought me the piece of fabric last week, I had a glimmer of hope.
Sure enough, when I got home and put the fabric next to the quilt, I nearly jumped for joy: it was a nearly perfect match! Today I cut my binding strips and sewed them together:
It’s likely this blue was part of a ’30s reproduction line — but it’s also possible it’s a true vintage fabric. We’ll never know for sure. All I know is that the quilt I’ve already named Vintage Vignettes is closer to being completed. Thank you so much, Sue! Aren’t quilty friends the best?
All the quilting angels are singing!
Indeed they are, Vickie!
What a wonderful friend, a great fabric, and a spectacular finish of another beautiful quilt.
Lovely, peaceful, calming colors. What a wonderful story, too. Patience paid off!
Really, it’s right for the binding. Whew!
Looking forward to the final result!