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Sunday, October 20, 2013

DWM: border decisions

This month has been a bust as far as quilting accomplishments go. I gave up on setting the  apple blocks.  

Now I am stuck on the border for Postage Stamp Stars.   I thought that a checkerboard middle border would be great. I spent Saturday evening (TV night) sewing 1.5" squares in 3's (light-dark-light) to intersperse with the dark-light-dark 9 patches I had made in such quantity.  When I pinned the resulting checkerboard strips to the design wall I wasn't pleased -- too many checkers in the checkerboard.

Okay, another idea.  These units are 3.5 x 3.5 (unfinished). The tans are scrappy. The red print is the same throughout. (It is a different red print from what I used in the stars.) 
The red/tan stripe would be ideal -- but there's only 26" of it.  I'll have to cut skinny strips (1.5 to finish at 1") if I want to frame the units on both sides.

Of course I could break down and BUY something similar to that red/tan stripe.  Those of you who are stashbusting scrap quilters know that the challenge and thrill is to make do with what's on hand! 

Buy fabric, did I say?  Here's this week's Salvation Army bargain: a Ralph Lauren all-cotton twin sheet set (the pinstripes) and a piece that's 6.5 yds x 58" (the blue check)  -- total, with tax, $7.66.

"Homespun Knots" is the quilt on my bed right now. I made it in 2007 and Caron Carlson  quilted it. It's still one of my favorites.   Homespun plaids are not much in style these days, but I still have plenty in my stash.

See what un-stuck quilters are working on this Design Wall Monday at Judy's Patchwork Times .


  1. I really like the second option, the slants on the triangles is a chanceperfect echo to the points on the stars. Maybe a red that reads solid?? I love the blocks, I had to order the book after seeing your quilt.

  2. I agree with Lori. The variety in the triangles of the second border option makes for an eye appealing finish.

  3. My vote goes to the second option also. the checkers feel too busy and the second option isn't as busy and sets off the top more. ~Melanie

  4. Decisions, decisions. I love the stripe, not so enamored of the triangles. Something will speak to you soon. Or you can always put it on the back burner for a week or two and let it simmer, so to speak.

  5. I guess I always have to be different. I would use the checkerboard border but put a narrow red border between it and the stars. I like the busy look.

  6. I have to go with Gari. I love the look of the checker board, and also think that a red border between the checker board and the quilt would calm it down and unify it all.

  7. i actually love the checkerboard border....that would be my choice....very pretty quilt and oh so scrappy!

  8. I love the 2nd border option - how about posting a (closer) photo of the red-tan stripe and doing a swap with somebody? Great homespun quilt on your bed!

  9. Nann, I love that homespun! did you use unbleached muslin for the background? It looks like a uniform or constant rather than scrappy. nice work!
    As for your design decisions, I predict that something will come to you very soon.


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