Although I’ve made many quilts through the years, sometimes I still run into a wall when it comes to making decisions. While finishing the piecing on this scrappy Split-16 quilt, I’ve been very undecided which border to attach.
As you can see, I’ve already sewn narrow strips of various greens but I thought I’d like to include an additional pieced border. First I designed and stitched a brick border, using strips left from another project. I loved making this border and it was my first Leader/Ender experience. Unfortunately, I don’t like how it looks on this busy quilt top. I’ve decided to use it as an accent strip on the mottled forest green back of the quilt. There, it will be gorgeous!!
Next, I decided to try my hand making a braid border. Once again, the strips were left from a previous project. After sewing enough braid to encompass the quilt, I decided visually, it didn’t work.
After much thought, frustration, and hair pulling, I’ve decided to use a plain strip border (yawn!). With the busy-ness of the quilt body, it’s probably the only choice that will suit me.
I’m encouraging Bob to design a custom quilting pattern for the border. We’ll see if he comes through. Otherwise, I’ll do something more traditional.
I’m looking forward to finally getting this top sandwiched and in the frame. Quilting it will be a perfect summer project when it’s too hot to spend time outside. It will finish queen-plus size.
The next big indecision will be which machine pieced quilt top to make next. I’ll continue hand piecing my batik-and-black Tumbling Stars top until I decide. I have plenty to keep me busy!