Monday, April 23, 2018
Examining the possibilities
Over the weekend, I dug out a few pieces of fabric that might read as solids and that I had enough of for a wide border. Except for the blue-gray, all are things that were "gifted" or donated to me from someone else's stash.
I decided to lay them out and post pictures, thinking of getting help in deciding what to do next.
I was thinking it might be a bit too busy, but it looks a lot better than I thought and contrasts nicely with the black.
I could get a fairly wide inner border and maybe add a narrow outer border, or a pieced outer border that included the left-over black.
It seems a bit dark and doesn't seem to pick out the colors in the pieced blocks, bit might work with a light inner border.
This looks a bit darker in the picture, but is actually a very light bright turquoise. It might make a good inner border for one of the darker fabrics. I do have a large solid in a similar color.
I think it goes OK but doesn't add much and might need help from some of the other selections.
This is the fabric I used in the center of the pieced blocks.
It would have been my first choice except that there is not enough to make more than a pieced one-inch strip.
If I did that, it wouldn't work with most of these other fabrics.
The flimsy is 59"x79".
A total border of five or six inches all around would put this at a useful size for a single bed.
As it is now, it would be fine for a futon.
When I look through quilting magazines, I find quite a variety of finished sizes. Maybe some re just intended to be hung on a wall or as a sofa throw, so it is hard to decide what the perfect size might be.
I suspect the quilter adjusts the size to accommodate the combination of blocks and borders to set it off. (which is basically the same thing I do). So ... this is how far the week has brought me.
Any suggestions or advice will be welcome. Meanwhile, I have a mending job to tackle while I mull it over.