I recently saw an article about The Process Pledge, where the author encourages us to write about the decision process that goes into making a quilt. Well, I’m not going to take the pledge itself, but I’ve been working on a quilt this week while I’ve been on vacation, and now that I’m to the point of adding the borders, I’m not sure what to do.
I’ve had this quilt on my mind since last Christmas, and finally started it this weekend! I bought a package with a variety of hot pink 2” strips at the quilt guild garage sale table some time previously. The colors just lend themselves to a Rail Fence design, and I bought some white fabric with a butterfly print to go with it. Really simple, and what a “pop”! I just LOVE hot pink!
Because I was excited to get started, I got sewing and started cutting without an exact plan, aka a pattern, and wouldn’t you know it, I ended up *one* block short! When I first started, I trimmed the blocks to one size, realized that I didn’t like how that looked, and cut them to the current size. Of course, I had used up all of the fabric that would make an identical block, so what do to? No sweat…I improvised! Isn’t this a cool block? The name of the quilt was determined at this very point: “Odd Girl Out”.
So, here’s what I finished today!
Now that I’ve gone through the pain, I’ll be writing up the pattern and posting it on my website; I don’t want to have to go through all that for nothing!
Now for the border, right? I had considered simply adding a thin border of hot pink, and then more white fabric to make it bigger. However, I wanted to see what else I might do with it, so I turned to my, er, trusty EQ7 software program. OK, I’ve had the program for awhile, but I am just not very comfortable with it. The more I use it, the more I’ll learn it, right?
So, here are a few variations that I’ve come up with so far:
This is an easy square in a square border.
This is a flying geese border with the butterfly applique blocks in the corner again.
I am also interested in a ribbon border, but I haven’t been able to figure out how to get that to work in the program, though, so no picture of that.
Which one do you like best?