I have half of the top sewn into rows and will have it finished before bed tonight. I had saved back one yard of my Route 66 fabric for the border. The only thing is it is off white and would blend in with the rest of the quilt. I thought I would make a small 2 inch border of red to separate it. Or would the red be better as the binding and use either the dark tan Rte 66 fabric you see in the picture or a blue? The off white fabric will be four inches.
What do you think? I also thought I would use the red to make an applique of the words Route 66 across the bottom corner of the quilt. I thought it would give the plain quilt a "pop". I have no idea what I am going to use for the back of the quilt though. Red is also my husband's favorite color.
I am making this quilt for my husband for our 20th Anniversary, he loves Route 66. I wanted it to be a surprise but he walked into my sewing room as I was laying out the blocks, I don't know if he realizes the quilt is for him though.
I had someone ask me what fussy cutting is, but she is a no-reply blogger. Fussy cutting is when you have a printed fabric and you want to showcase part of the print. For example: I wanted a car not to be cut in half so I cut around the car to showcase it. You can see the block in the above picture. This can cause a lot of waste in material, but I just use those parts for scrappy or string quilts.
I have a helper who likes to rearrange my blocks.
Our anniversary is August 5th, but there is a lot of stuff planned for next month, not to mention school starts August 17 so I need to start getting my classroom ready for the school year.
How is your summer quilting coming along?