Case 128 – Borders

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Border 1

I know .. what an imaginative title .. but how many ways can you title a post regarding borders LOL … I got the first border cut and put on – easy peasy – quilt was actually square (Imagine THAT!!) so that made my life just ooooh so simple .. I know that the picture looks like it’s puckered at the bottom, but that’s cause by my wireless headset that we have to plug into the front of the TV .. I should remove it right?? But that would be way to easy ..

Then I got to the “fun part” .. squaring up 50 million 2½” HSTs .. well not 50 million, but it sure feels like it when you have a whack of them to do .. actually the total HSTs for the second border is 92. My solution saves my knee and back and my temper .. I square what I need for each section (the borders are each 2 sections per side), stitch them together, then repeat the process for the next section ..

When I finished the first one, I placed it against the quilt on my ironing board for safe keeping .. then it hit me .. I would have LOVED to have done the outer border (3rd border) the same colour as the light colour like so on the left – instead it’s going to look like the image on the right .. That’s the only problem with a mystery . you never know what you are getting and since I didn’t pull these out of my stash, I don’t have a mess of it lying around .. so I get to follow the designers vision for it .. It’s still going to look good .. but i think that using the lighter colour for the outer border would have really made the ‘fans’ POP more …

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Light Outer Border

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Dark Outer Border

I did a mock up in quilt pro of these borders and I do think that the light outer border would have been the best – but the colours isn’t exact here and it looks more blended with the darker blue outer border than you’d think

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Light Outer Border mock up

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Dark Outer Border mock up

HPIM2578.jpgWell it’s late and while I was hoping to have if not the whole top done, then at least the 2nd border done … well ½ works for me 😉 But I am ready to go for later on tomorrow (today actually :\), with my HSTs all trimmed up and ready to stitch together for the top and bottom middle (2nd) border

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Stopping Point - 1 1/2 borders on

Oh and if you are at all curious, this is what it looks like at this point .. yes I noticed that the border is ‘backwards’ so to speak .. but that’s okay .. I’m not about to rip it out, I rather like the border as it is there. I did notice that while my quilt was square (amazingly enough!!), when I added on the sawtooth border, it rather pulled my top / bottom out of true a bit .. as my quilt is ¼” shorter than what she had designed it for .. so easing isn’t the best solution on pieced borders .. I’m glad that I have an outer border – and this will be the easiest to do .. just as easy as the first border .. just straight cutting and stitching .. so hopefully I can work out any wonky, wavy issues then.

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3 thoughts on “Case 128 – Borders

  1. Light blue boarder looks just find.

    Yesterday when you were trying to decide between # and #1 Last night I thought about you and your project and if you ever decide to do this again try taking #1 and put it on both side of #2 to see how that would look as a queen or king size quilt. It’s been bothing me becuase I design my own quilts and make one of a kinds and the thought just kept comiong across my mind… just a thought.

    Patricia Robertson

    I understand why it was hard to contact me before… it was because I had to many s’s in my e-mail address…corrected this morning sorry.

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  2. I like the darker border better… it blends better to my eye, but yes, the fans pop a bit more with the lighter border.

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  3. This is a beauty. I prefer the darker border, but of course you have it right there to look at while I’m looking at pictures. Gorgeous quilt. Very striking.
    Dian

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