I can tell that borders of this quilt are going to be one of my favorite elements!I decided on my “recipe” for the improv borders to be as follows:
- Fabric choices were limited to 5 fabrics: violet solid, periwinkle solid, purple/aqua marble, periwinkle marble, and raspberry purple mottled print.
- Starting size of cut strips: 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″ and 2″
- Pieced into border sections 5″ wide
This left me a lot of leeway as to what it would look like.
Initially I was going for a “calmer” border to offset the electricity from the piecing and color choices for the center. Normally, I would put a plain 7″ border around the crazy thing to frame it up nicely – or maybe short strips perpendicular to the center.
No no. Got to keep the improv thing going and push it a little more . . .
I ended up with borders that look like this:
OK. No. Too blocky, too boring, too **yeech.**
Voila! A far more interesting border!
So fun! And it keeps with the energy level of the rest of the quilt!
Full disclosure: there are a few slightly tortured sections where the pieces got REALLY teensy. I just kept cutting and resewing and cutting and resewing . . . well, you get the idea.
Back to the machine – I can hardly wait! (And isn’t that what it’s all about?)
All the best – Chris