Mountmellick – Borders 2 and 3 Finished!

Mountmellick is a beautiful design but takes time to make each part of this 2014 Mystery Quilt.  I have now finished the Medallion and Borders 2 and 3!

The directions called for the quilter to make a grid of 2” squares and then applique a circle on the 48 squares.  I followed the directions, but after appliquéing all 48 circles on 2” squares, I realized that the 2” square drawn needed to be 1 7/8” in order to yield a 1  3/8”.  When making a ‘test’ block, it appeared to be fine with the cutting instructions of the HSTs.   BUT, I had to square each 2” block down to 1 7/8”!!!!!  That was just too much fun.

During the process of sewing the border strips together, on the 2nd set, I found 4 of the circles that had to be removed and re-appliqued because they were not centered.

It was at that time that I realized that I would have saved a LOT of time by putting the borders together and THEN sew the circles.  So anyone thinking of making this quilt should consider doing this.

I was hoping to finish this portion of the quilt by this last week-end but I had to take a break from the project.  It is intense and does not allow for any mistakes.

When selecting fabrics for my quilt I followed the Medallion very closely and used Dutch Chintz fabric and will continue using the fabric on the next border.  For Border 3, I studied the picture of the quilt very carefully for color placement of the circles.  Di Ford used 6 different colors for the circles and I used 3 different shades of reds and 3 shades of blues.   But on the HSTs she added a variety of fabrics to effect a scrappy look.

Because I am not a big fan of ‘scrappy’ quilt I used a black background from Pam Buda’s Conestoga Crossings fabric line which has tan, black and red in it.  The fabric used in Border 1 has black in it so I framed the Medallion in black to showcase that color.

It is a good feeling to have achieved success with this quilt! I will have my RF treatment on my back tomorrow, so the next 3 days will be hand work only while resting!

Have a great week and enjoy stitching!


24 Replies to “Mountmellick – Borders 2 and 3 Finished!”

  1. That turned out just beautiful! You really do amazing work. Yes, don’t you HATE to find out after-the-fact that you could have saved yourself so much time and effort? Oh well, live and learn right? Gorgeous!


    1. Well, trying to reply using an iPad will make one throw the iPad! Thank you Becky. I had a funny feeling ever since the pattern came out about how she wanted all to do the circles!


  2. Your black print is striking – very pretty in that position. Yeah, I can see how it would be far easier to applique the circles onto a completed border. This quilt top is looking so nice, though – it’s definitely worth the work you’ve put in.


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