Radiant Star, part 12: No Rest for the Wicked

I was up until about 1:30 am pushing towards being almost done with the stars.  I would have finished, but the parts of the final star were at the shop, and I didn’t think I needed to make a run out of the house in the middle of the night.

I’ve been working on some other stuff today, but this afternoon, my thoughts have turned towards finishing this crazy thing.  The original plan, way back in part 1 was narrow red border, wide cream border, like so:  (A)


But now that I’m here, I’m not so sure, artistically, that that is how I want to finish it.  I have got this really rich looking stripe in the shop, and I got to wondering how it would look:  (B)


Mmmmmm…..maybe….but what about… (C)


I know which one I’m leaning toward, but the final decision will rest with my customer.  Obviously, the texture of the quilting will make a difference in how it all looks as well.

If I did the stripe, it would mean mitering the corners, and I’m not sure I’m up for that…however…after 20 of those crazy Radiant Star blocks, I think I can probably conquer 4 mitered corners without TOO much trouble.

I know y’all are going to have an opinion, so let me hear it:  A, B, or C.


  1. Leah S says:

    I’m personally favoring C this time. I guess I don’t like “light” endings on quilts. Or light bindings. And there’s enough space between the border and the stars that you’re not distracting from the stars like B does.

  2. Marcella says:

    Hmmm, I’m leaning towards “C” although “A” has possibilities depending on quilting and binding fabric. “B” seems a bit, I don’t know, crowded maybe?

  3. Mary Ann says:

    I can’t quite decide. Definitely not B. Believe it or not I’m leaning toward A. I’m thinking of your white wholecloth and thinking of the magnificent quilting that could be done in all that white.

  4. Deb Levy says:

    “A ” for me. the stripe, as Vicki said is too formal for the the stars in my eye.

    And did you, OMG say ya’ll??????????

    Wait’ll I tell Randi, LOL! I thought only we did that!

  5. Laurie Grant says:

    I actually like “C”. However – “A” would afford you some awesome quilting space and since the rest of the quilt has so much white space, I think it would be a good balance.

    Can’t wait to see the quilting!

  6. Xina says:

    A doesn’t strike me.
    B is alright…but it just ‘stops’. Can’t think of a better way to say it.
    C gives it a ‘finished’ look.

    But still impressed with the whole thing!

  7. Randi says:

    “And did you, OMG say ya’ll??????????

    Wait’ll I tell Randi, LOL! I thought only we did that!”

    Hahaha! Too funny, y’all!

  8. Jorja says:

    Depends on how you’re going to quilt it. I like A if you’re planning to pull out all the stops. Mitered C would lend itself nicely to piano keys or swags if you centered the stripes carefully, but IMO the center is too elegant for that.

  9. Carla Riggs says:

    All white.
    Although I like the striped fabric, it just doesn’t seem to fit the rest of the quilt. The white is more formal.
    I’m also seeing the top with lots of beautiful quilting.

    But anyway you go, y’all have a great time!

  10. Kathy E. says:

    I don’t think I much care for the stripe with this pattern. It almost has a folk art feel to it, and your stars are anything BUT folksy! You can do some awesome quilting in the white border of A. So I would either choose A or choose a bit more formal fabric for the border.

  11. Mary says:

    I like B best but if I do borders, I like strong frames for the quilt….C would be my second choice and A my least favorite option.

  12. Sherri G in Kentucky says:

    I know I’m way too late, but I’m behind in my blog readings. I like A, then C. Definitely not B. I agree with others that the stripe doesn’t go with the stars.

  13. Donna James says:

    I, too, am way late, but I’m going to offer my opinion anyway.

    I think that A would be best. It’s elegant, and formal, and your feathers would look great.

    Both C (my second choice) and B look masculine and folksy to me. This is a gift for your customer’s wife, right? If he choose for her, rather than himself, he should go for A.

  14. Lynda in the mtns of NC says:

    I personally like B. But I also think Donna made a good point: a plain cream border with fabulous quilting MAY be a more feminine or delicate-looking finish. Maybe I’d like the cream border if it were just a little wider. Sometimes it’s all a matter of proportion. I often use EQ just to decide how wide the borders need to be. But however you border it, it’s going to be a GORGEOUS quilt!

  15. Margie says:

    Wow! lovely. I like C. And if I can do mitered corners I am sure you can. Lots of different opinions. Don’t you love quilters? Even when I havn’t agreed with opionions I have asked for they do help you think it through.

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