Quilt borders Nancy ZiemanThree years in the making, this landscape quilt was almost destined to be folded up and stored in the closest for the rest of my life. The problem? The border selection. Some of you who have been following my blog for several years, might remember the time I asked for your opinion on which border to choose for this landscape quilt. The recommendation was to add the purple border—I thought it was the best option, too. Click here to check out the blog.

By the way, I named this landscape quilt Be My Valentine and it is 31″ x 45″.

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One option was the green border

I cut the border fabric from the same fabric used to create the leaves. There just wasn’t enough differentiation between the leaves and border.

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Here was the winning option—back in the day!

The hand-dyed deep purple fabric seemed like the obvious choice for the border. That is until I added it to all four sides.

Quilt borders Nancy ZiemanAnother option was a lilac border.

What was I thinking, suggesting this lilac-colored fabric? (Rhetorical question of course.)

Regretfully, I didn’t take a photo of the landscape quilt with the purple border—it was short-lived. I ripped it off quite soon, since the bold color on all four sides closed in the design. It wasn’t attractive.

Then, I added a two-toned border with 3/4″ of the purple as the inner border and a green outer border. Again no photo, but  I still wasn’t pleased with the design. The quilt top was folded and put away for another day, hmm, two years. Finally, I hung the quilt on my design wall, and I studied the design to find out what I didn’t like about the quilt. My conclusion was that the inner border was too wide.

The third border was the charm

Taking the border off for the second time, I reduced the inner border size to a 1/4″ accent. Ah, I liked it. I also extended a few sections of the design into the border to make the frame appear less confining.

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Moral of the story

I don’t have any photos of my poor border choices to tell this story. Yet, thought it was a teachable project.

  • Don’t hesitate to change your mind.
  • Don’t be satisfied with a combination of fabrics that doesn’t feel right. Change it, rip it out!
  • Put the project away until another day, or year! It’s okay, it’s only fabric.

My goal was to finish this quilt in early spring of ’12. Now that it’s July of ’14, I’m not disappointed in myself for not making the arbitrary goal. Better late . . .

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Learn Landscape Quilting Techniques

If you’d like to try landscape quilting, Natalie Sewell and I share lots of techniques in Landscape Quilting Workshop Workbook.

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

Random winners have been chosen from last week’s blog posting, Topsy Turvy Table Runner—Sew Easy!

  • The winner of the Basic Grey Variety Fat Quarter Pack from Riley Blake Designs is Sharon Davis. She said, Love the grey fabrics! What a wonderful and different table runner. It would look great in my kitchen!
  • The random winner of  a Trace ‘n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection from Clover, is Starla. Her comment was, I’d love to explore the versatility of the Dresden templates—I could see using the “topsy turvy” pattern for the sides of bags as well as for placemats or runners.

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