Sunday, March 29, 2015

To border, or not to border

I have a quilt top put together!  But now I need to decide if it needs a border or not. I was not planning to border this one, but that was before I added the sashing.  Now I wonder if it needs a bit more. I have enough of the white fabric left to make a 2 or 2.5" border around the quilt.  The blocks are 9" finished, and the sashing is 1/2". What do you think?

 Now that this quilt is done (or almost, if I decide to add borders), I'm planning my next project. Have 3 in mind, not sure which will win out.

First, I have fabric from the Modern Quilt Guild for their Riley Blake challenge.  6 fat eighths from the Cottage Garden line.  I have decided on a plan, and needed some background to go with it. So that meant a shopping trip this past weekend to pick up a Riley Blake coordinate in order to meet the challenge rules.    Plus the ruler I needed, since the challenge is to try something you've never done before.

My other current thought is the "Chain Reaction" pattern.  I like the block design, although I would do it in a slightly less busy set of fabrics.

I also want to make another of the quilts shown above. But I think I need a break from this particular design for a while, so that will go on the back burner.

My stash report this week is looking good, thanks to the finished top. I might even hit black next week, if I can finish assembling the other turquoise quilt.

1 1/2 yards in, for the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge

7 1/4 yards out, turquoise/brown quilt

Stash totals for the year:
83 yards in
79 1/2 yards out
Total: 3 1/2 yards in

Drop by Judy's blog to see how everyone else is doing this week.

8 comments:

  1. Wow -- I really love the eye interest the stripes create!! I'd say do a border -- how wide is your sashing? Could you do a border that was that wide *plus* the 1/4" you need for the binding? :)

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  2. I, too, think it would look good with a border.

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  3. I only think it needs a border if you want it wider. A dark binding would be a good "stop" for the design.

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  4. That is a great design and I love that there is a design within a design. I think I would go with a small border of white and bind in black or visa versa. You are doing great on your fabric usage.

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  5. That is a great design and I love that there is a design within a design. I think I would go with a small border of white and bind in black or visa versa. You are doing great on your fabric usage.

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  6. This looks fabulous. If it were my quilt, I would probably just bind it in white without a border. It'll look great whatever you choose to do.

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  7. If you want my opinion, I'd say no border.

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  8. I vote no border.
    Your solution of adding narrow sashing to keep the stripes aligned where the blocks come together is brilliant. I love this design. How do you plan to quilt it?

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