I think Jo made the most adventurous centre block out of all of us. She just made an arrow, and the really brave thing was, that it wasn't set in a square, it was a rectangle!
I've just realised that no one has added a traditional 4 sided border to Jo's quilt. Everyone has just added to either one or two sides of her quilt. When I received it from Alice it looked like this:
Alice had just added the teepees and triangles down the left hand side of the quilt. When we met for the quilt handover, Alice suggested that I might want to add something down the right hand side. That would turn it more into a square, and centre the arrows and the target more.
I thought that was a good idea, but as you can see from the above photo, Jo's quilt had got a bit wonky as it traveled around the group. Carla, another member of Possum Magic, wrote a blog post about wonky round robin quilts just a few weeks ago. You can read it here. In Carla's case she had Rebecca's quilt and it had a bubble in the middle, that Carla described as a bra B cup. When I looked at Jo's quilt above I thought it looked like a corset - wider at the top and bottom and nipped in at the waist (maybe I've been watching too much Poldark). Anyway, we both likened the quilts to ladies underwear.
The fact that the quilt has got out of kilter is no one person's fault. All these diagonal cuts mean that the fabrics can stretch quite a bit. Often the deadlines are looming when people have been attaching their borders, so they've just quickly sewn on the borders and posted it off. Fortunately I had the quilt early and had some time available to work on it. I knew my own border was going to be quite simple, so I thought I should try to straighten it up.
I thought of all the work that Carla and Serena had put into fixing Rebecca's quilt, and thought I couldn't just sew my border on and expect Carla and Serena to fix Jo's quilt too. So I was very brave and unpicked three of the borders, removed some of the excess fabric, and sewed it all back together. Once it was sitting flat and was all squared up, I sewed my own border on.
I deliberately left quite wide margins around the diamonds - nothing worse then cutting the points off. It will be easy for Jo to take my long border off and move the diamonds closer to the centre if she wishes.
I used some of Jo's favourite Anna Maria Horner and Tula Pink fabrics in my borders. Once again I purchased the low volume background because you know I don't have any in my house.
I've got one final Possum Magic quilt left to work on and it's Sharon's. It's amazing - so colourful and so much detail. I'll show it to you soon.
Last thing - To Bella Quilts - I'd love to email you back but you show up as a 'no reply blogger'. I've tried to track you down but really can't find how to contact you. Can you email me directly at wendysquiltsandmore at gmail dot com please? I'd love to be able to reply to your kind comments. Thank you.