Monday, November 7, 2011
Battles with borders
I happily went off to piece the flying geese and was astonished and delighted at how quickly the center of the geese quilt came together.
However, the lovely dark blue fabric with maple leaves and provincial flowers that I had planned to use as a border, while still absolutely lovely, just doesn't work as a border. It worked beautifully as a filler in the body of the quilt, and will make a lovely backing, but it will not be a border. So now what? I don't have nearly enough of the greens and reds to piece into borders either. I fear this one is heading to the UFO bin as well for the time being.
I have a few placemats and runners to finish, so I'll work on those and hope I come out of those projects inspired to push ahead with these three!
How well do you get along with borders?
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Borders often give me fits too! You'll hear those beautiful tops soon telling you what they want for borders! ---"Love"ReplyDelete
Yeah, sometimes. Mostly my borders work but I tend to get bogged down making the pieces. That's when I put them away and work on something else for awhile. Then when I get back to that particular quilt, it seems to get finished so fast.ReplyDelete
I am finding the longer I am a quilter, the harder the borders get. Seems it should be the opposite. At least I do think the attention to detail is improving our quilts :-)ReplyDelete
Three goergous quilts! Pieced borders sometimes give me trouble, too. Heck, sometimes straight borders don't go so well! I hate to hear they've gone into the UFO bin, but sometimes it's better to let things simmer than force them through. I hope inspiration strikes soon because they'll all three become treasures when done.ReplyDelete
Oh dear, what a shame - they are beautiful quilts. Don't despair, it's taken me 12 months to decide how to quilt a baby quilt. I'm sure you will resolve your border issues in good time. ann :-)ReplyDelete
You'll notice most of my quilts have NO borders! I bet you can guess why. Your quilts are lovely. Sometimes a little time apart makes the heart grow fonder!ReplyDelete
All of those quilts look great;) I have problems with borders myself...that's why most of mine don't have any;)ReplyDelete