Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Can't leave well enough alone

A plain border seems so, well, plain to me anymore.  Ever since I started using piano key borders and pieced borders, it's hard to simply sew a length of fabric on the outside of a quilt.  The mystery quilt, Sunset and Vine, is an example.  The concluding instructions were posted Tuesday and showed this:

Which is fine.  The quilt has a lot going on and the border gives a nice finish.  


I didn't want to leave it at that.  The gold and green chains just begged to be included in the border somehow.  I got on EQ an came up with (I'm using greens instead of purples):

Isn't that just, I don't know, cooler somehow?  I thought so.  Don't get me wrong, I love the quilt design and I would have never thought to make those strip pieced corners in the star blocks.  But I love my border.  Even if I had to buy more dark blue fabric and I'm going to have a lot of the medium green left over  Maybe a pieced back?  That sounds like a good idea!


Me and My Stitches said...

I agree - the 2nd one looks great. To me there is just something about a pieced border that usually really makes the quilt shine.

Jo C. said...

You know i love your border. You got me hurts! Since my quilt is all kona solids, what if i found a print for the border? I can't visualize what print it would be, but i think i'll search for something. Or i can use some of those 24 oops units that were done in the wrong color combo. Oh...decisions!