Thursday Thoughts

If you have read my blog for any length of time in 2019 you might know that I am an avid EQMini user. Hoping to become an EQ8 user sometime soon, but I can never seem to pull the trigger to upgrade. I think “I can buy a lot of yarn/fabric/etc. at that price!”. LOL I do get by fairly well with the limited features of the Mini, so why upgrade? Well, today’s mock up tells me why!

I am making a Patriotic wallhanging with a FB group, the block looks like this:

That extra round on the basic star makes a block my EQMini doesn’t have, I have to mock it up as a 1 block quilt with borders. So I had to get creative in order to “see” my mini with sashing and borders. It was tedious making the 4 sections of the blocks with/out sashing/borders to paste them together in Pages. But I did it! LOL


I am thinking I will bind whichever with the thin stripe used in the sashing. Or in the outer border color. I guess I should have auditioned those options too? But I am not going back to try that one out. The only issue is the red has a star that would be difficult to center to make a .5″ finished border, but I could be less OCD about it and just cut the row as is. Or find a comparable red and use it.

I am also making a pillow with most of the same fabrics and need to add another round to get it to size for the pillow form. Not sure if I will bind with the stripe, blue, or red. How about another vote!! I have all day today to play in the sewing room and get the pillow top quilted while I wait to see how you gals vote. Plus, I need to go back for more fabric for the borders no matter which color I choose!

And yes, I have a preference for each poll, but I’m not telling! See if you can guess which way I’m leaning.

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20 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts

  1. Maggie June 20, 2019 / 7:41 am

    I was going to say I liked red on both the quilt and the pillow and then I got another look and decided I like blue better. Looks more ‘patriotic’ to me. Guess it’s really a close call, they both look great.

    • chrisknits June 20, 2019 / 8:43 am

      I know it will look good either way, but want to make the best impact with the borders. It’s good to get perspectives from others who are seeing it with fresh eyes! > >

  2. DelightedHands June 20, 2019 / 8:56 am

    It’s going to be a very patriotic little quilt! Good work.

    • chrisknits June 20, 2019 / 9:07 am

      Thanks! I may need to back off on the Patriotic soon, I think it’s one of my favorite color schemes! > >

  3. Denise June 20, 2019 / 9:02 am

    That was cool, the poll. Love your stars, thank you for linking up with me again today.

  4. rl2b2017 June 20, 2019 / 10:36 am

    Hi Chris! I love all the options but I think my vote is for the blue border and binding. I like how it pulls out the blue star and the blue in the striped fabric. Can’t wait to see what you decide. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits June 20, 2019 / 10:39 am

      Thanks, in looking at the voting, it’s looking like the blue border is winning! > >

  5. Dawn Kelly June 20, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    The red border overwhelms the block making it seem like the red fabric with the gold stars is the main focus which completely removes the star blocks from my field of vision. Good luck!!! Can’t wait to see what you choose.

    • chrisknits June 20, 2019 / 2:12 pm

      Excellent point! See, fresh eyes really make a difference!


      • Dawn Kelly June 20, 2019 / 4:32 pm

        Glad to help. Thanks for sharing the process. We all learn from it.

  6. nothingbutknit2 June 20, 2019 / 10:15 pm

    I didn’t take the poll but I’m voting for blue for both:)

    • chrisknits June 20, 2019 / 10:24 pm

      We will see tomorrow what option I took!


  7. Jeannie Gray Wiant (@JGKnits) June 22, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    I vote blue inner border with the red on the outside. Which surprises me because normally I’m all blue but… the colors seem to pop more with the red on the outside.

    • chrisknits June 22, 2019 / 3:19 pm

      It’s interesting how each person sees the colors. I am all about the red, but I went with the blue outer border. > >

  8. Kate June 23, 2019 / 12:23 pm

    You can’t go wrong with any of your choices. All of them look great. I’ve never used EQMini, but do use EQ8. It is pricey, but once you bite the bullet and upgrade, it makes the next round of upgrades much more affordable.

    • chrisknits June 23, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      I know I will do it, I just need to bite the bullet and pull the trigger! > >

  9. quiteayarnblog June 24, 2019 / 2:59 am

    Beautiful, summery, patriotic mini-quilts! I think I like the red best for both, but as others have said – it’s a close call. All the options are beautiful!

    • chrisknits June 24, 2019 / 7:49 am

      Thanks! I don’t know why I am such a sucker for red, white and blue! > >

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