The seventh step of creating a Quilt to Give doesn’t involve the sewing machine at all! Instead, auditioning fabric for the border or borders is the next process.
Borders can make or break a quilt design. In my mind’s eye, I envision what I’m sure will be the perfect border. Nine out of 10 times—it’s not right when I see the proposed fabric laid next to the quilt top. Here’s the process that my staff and I took for the border process.
I was on a business trip in Dallas when the sewing studio staff finished the quilt top. This project has been a community effort! I made some of the quilt at home and the remainder of it was sewn by Sue, Lois, and Sharen.
I left suggestions as to what I thought would be nice border options. Surely one of these ideas would be perfect!
#1—patchy inner border with turquoise outer border
#2—turquoise inner border with patchy outer border
#3–turquoise border with patchy binding.
Digital photos were taken and emailed to me. My first reaction was, ugh!
Arriving back to the office the next day, I found the quilt laid out on the floor. Down on floor I went, auditioning fabrics.
The overwhelming choice was a small black inner border and a green outer border. Solicit help from friends when auditioning borders. You’ll know when the right border is selected, there will be a collective “That’s it!”
Alas, not enough fabric! Lois went shopping and purchased a green shade of fabric that blended with the existing coloration. Since the quilt design has the patchy column centers, a coordinate was an ideal choice. While she was shopping, she also purchased a wide quilt backing fabric for the twin-sized quilt.
Step eight is next. Here are all the links to each step:
Quilt for Others with “Quilt to Give” Learn how to set-up and organize a Quilt to Give Event.
The gift is in the giving!