York Lodge, Mountmellick, Austin BOS, and HQAL

Good Sunday afternoon!  A surprise came this afternoon – RAIN!  Of course we have been under a High with 75-79 degrees in the morning (early) with 100% humidity – Walk – NOPE! Not until the humidity and dew points become lower!  Hopefully the cool front coming in Tuesday evening will begin the cooler weather and I can walk each day!

I have finished sewing all the blocks together of York Lodge!  I will be adding a 1” border to frame the quilt and a 3” border to complete it.  I have decided to use a dark purple and a light lavender for the 3” border.   I was so happy to complete this quilt top and I do believe my body is glad!  The stress that I put myself under to do this “challenging” quilt was well worth it.   After pushing on a project it usually takes me a week to ‘relax’ and start another UFO.

York Lodge Blocks sewn together!

Borders for York Lodge

I was pleasantly surprised when I received a comment from Lisa on one of my posts, one of the designers of York Lodge.  I had asked if they had experienced any issues when working on their quilt.  Here is her response:

Lou made the quilt in the book. I did one block as a test block to make sure our maths worked. we did not have any issues with it sorry. It does require very accurate cutting and piecing though with so many diamonds. we were both given 3 antique blocks from a cut up quilt so the block was drafted from them. Not for the faint hearted this quilt, and we think you have done an amazing job.”

It made me feel so good that they took the time to comment!  I do hope they are pleased with the top when I have completed the borders!

I have been working on Block 20 of A Bountiful Life – NO I only have 6 blocks completed it is one of the blocks that I had prepared last year!  The rose buds it will make the block.  For some reason I chose a light and dark brown for the bird.  I may revisit that choice as the green is very dark I think that I may make the bird a different color.

Block 20 – A Bountiful Life

I have now changed my mind on Brinton Hall and decided to continue on with Mountmellick and not just add a border to make a wall hanging!  I am now going to make the flowers for the border, but changing  the flowers to blue with a red center and not the red flowers with a contrasting center.   The corner flowers will match the flowers in the center medallions and they will be intermixed with my blue flowers.  I am going to dedicate my day sewing time to finishing the flowers this week.  Then the remainder of the quilt will be the different borders that will be pieced!

Just could not stop with Mountmellick!

Looks like fun! Hope to be through this week with the flowers.

On 28 Sep we went to the Austin, Texas Quilt Show.  This is the Best of Show.  I was so happy to see this quilt won!  It is a Sue Garman quilt pattern and done very well.  There was one issue that my eye immediately went to and it was on the left red border.  It was either the long arm quilters mistake, or the top was not square.  Either way it did not detract the beauty of the completed quilt.  It is not for the faint of heart also!  Cudo’s to the maker of the quilt!

Well, I do believe I am caught up on my post for the week!  Hopefully this week I will have completed my flowers and Block 20 will be an easy finish – not difficult at all!  (Especially compared to York Lodge – of which I am almost ready to ‘check out’!

Have a great week and enjoy stitching!


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