Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Three weeks with Phebe

Its been about three weeks since I last checked in, a frustrating three weeks. Phebe is not making it easy and she and I seem to be locked in a fight to the end.

Here's my progress:
- The embroidery is finished, I think.
- The outer red dog tooth border has been sewn on.
- Hoping to be more accurate, I've taken the Ohio Star blocks' sashing and cornerstones off and resewn back on, sewn everything together in rows and then to the medallion. Unfortunately, a lot of volcanoes (blocks cupping due to inaccurate piecing) so the top will need a really good steam press for it to lay flat.
- Today, I stitched on the first brown geometric print border but still need to miter the corners. All the corners have a nice miter except the one I always think is the most important - the lower right hand corner. It will take some fiddling to get it to look mitered.
- The next border is a small scrappy dog tooth (one inch high, one inch across the base) and I've pinned part of a strip to the left side just to get an idea what it will look like. I have several of these strips paper pieced so now its a matter of finishing them to the correct length, adding the corner piece and stitching them to the top. Sounds suspiciously easy to me!

Until next time, Mayleen 


  1. It looks wonderful. Sorry you are having a frustrating time with this one but your trials appear to be worth it and it is spectacular!

  2. I think it's trying to tell you it wants to be a wall hanging - that way the volcanoes will not show. I've found even quilting evens out all the unevenness. It looks gorgeous!

  3. Mayleen this is absolutely beautiful and many kudo's to you for even making this quilt -- oh my I would shy away from all that piecing... ouch. I think it looks wonderful and cannot see any of the wonky going on. Keep up the good work and congratulations on a beautiful piece! WOW!

  4. It looks incredible Mayleen!!!! You really have done a fantastic job!!!! Any quilt top that has as much detail and piecing as this one is bound to have the odd glitch, but at the end of the day, once quilted nobody will be any the wiser, except to just be awed by the body of work and detail it contains!!!!!! Bravo to you!!! It really will be one of a kind and in a hundred years it will create as much interest as it does today!!!!!! You should be proud....!!!!!!

  5. Oh my Mayleen, you have gotten to a wonderful place with this beauty. My favorite "mom quote" is: if it is worth doing, it is worth doing right!! Keep up the good fight, as this stunning quilt will be worth all the toil. Mine is in little packets awaiting a beginning!!

  6. Oh wow Mayleen, your Phebe is looking gorgeous! Would love to be able to see it in person to be able to really see the embroidery details. Love the multi coloured scrappy dog tooth border

  7. Goodness, Mayleen! You've really been persevering on this quilt, haven't you?! It's look really nice from the picture, but I can imagine the frustrating with the piecing not laying flat. It happens to all of us. You're doing a great work here, and it's apparent that then you're through, it's going to be a show-stopper. Hang in there!

  8. I LOVE this pattern and you are doing a really beautiful job of it. It sounds like she is testing your patience, but it will be worth it in the end!