Thank you to everyone who weighed in with opinions about borders yesterday! I’m still not sure what I’m going to do — you’ve given me a bunch to think about.
- I have purchased extra of one of the blues to use as the binding, but I’ll think about using the green instead.
- I hadn’t really thought about thread for quilting yet, but I’ll definitely be considering orange, Beth!
- I have to make a trip to the quilt store where I bought the orange fabric today and I’m going to get some more of those as well as more of the lime green plaid in order to have a little bit more flexibility as I continue to contemplate my border choices.
- Someone mentioned a piping inside the binding — I haven’t ever done that. I was planning to make a matching doll quilt, and maybe I’ll test out a piped binding on the doll quilt to see how bad I am at doing it.
I ended up pulling the quilt off my design wall in order to work on something else. I spent quite a bit of the day on it, and I’m not happy with what I did. My seam ripper and I might be having some quality time together tomorrow.
This is a commission — the customer’s mother did the embroidery. The customer brought the blocks to me and basically gave me free rein: all she wants is a queen sized quilt that is pretty. I can do that. Right?
I did audition the green vs. the pink for the sashing, but I wish I had spent more time really contemplating whether or not I wanted the pink as cornerstones. At this point I think they look like the pink is radioactive and doesn’t enhance the embroidered blocks at all.
I do have a very pretty print with a black background — pink roses and white daisies — for the outer border, and I know that will change the look, but I’m not sure it’ll save this:
So, back to the drawing board tomorrow.
For now, though, a trip to help a customer with her quilting machine (and darn, it’s a quilt shop, so maybe some fabric therapy while I’m there?).
Have a great day!
p.s. It’s Fire Prevention Week — have you checked your smoke alarms and talked about how to get safely out of your house in case of a fire? We worked on our Exit Drill last night — in case the stairs are blocked, the boys expect Dad to get the ladder so they can come down over the railing:
The sashing does look a bit strong but it’s always hard to tell in a photo. Also, as you say, the border will change the look. That practise looks like enough to freak me out but I’m sure the kids love it. I wouldn’t as I am terrified of heights.
Vicki W says
FWIW, I like the pink cornerstones and I think it will look really nice with a printed border. As for fire safety – I recommend installing a rock wall at one end and they can use it daily for play and it doubles as a quick escape route. Or maybe a rope with knots permanently tethered to the ceiling they can use that instead of stairs every day! Your house could be fun and fire safe at the same time!
Just a note from a firefighter…not only check your smoke alarms…CHANGE the batteries if you haven’t done so in a while. We usually change the batteries in the spring and fall when it is time to change the clock for daylight savings time.
I’ve seen your balcony, I wouldn’t want to climb over it and try to hit a ladder!
Deb Levy says
My 2 cents worth….I like the pink cornerstones…I would ditch the green sashing for black, and then add your floral print with the black background as the border.
As to you fire safety, Vicki’s idea sounds like a winner…lol