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!


  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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