Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Auditioning borders

I finished piecing the "back" of Otto's quilt (which is now really the front). Somehow I was off in my measurements in a couple places and so in the spirit of this quilt, I simply whacked some edges. It took me a few days to get up the courage, but in the end I think it's ok. I had planned on red borders, but I don't have enough red fabric and I can't get more. My first thought was yellow -- bright and cheery, and there's yellow in the blocks. But when I tried it, I wasn't too crazy about it. It just looks stuck on.
I neglected to add the red inner border and red binding when I took the yellow border photo (they are on the right side in the photo below), but I think it needs an inner border.
My memory was that this fabric was white with black squiggles, but it's just the opposite. I think I prefer it to the yellow, but I know the quilt shop has the white with black fabric, and I think I'd prefer that to either of these -- it would be brighter than this one, and fit the design on the quilt better than the yellow. Right now the top is just lying on the fabric, but I think I'd have the stripes going the long way across the top and bottom, just like they are now on the sides. The side borders will be bigger than the top and bottom ones.

Any thoughts? All help greatly appreciated!

10 comments:

em's scrapbag said...

I really like how the black and white set off your quilt. It really makes it pop.

dot said...

I like the black/white stips. It makes the quilt fun.

The Calico Cat said...

IMHO
The yellow is too much.
It does "need" a red inner border.
I like the squiggles - the way you describe using them - with motered corners....

Quiltdivajulie said...

The yellow is overpowering.

The red inner border works really well!

Love the black and white borders just as they are shown...

What a FUN quilt!

Joyce said...

I love yellow but I guess there is a bit too much yellow in the middle to border it with yellow too. The other border looks great. I'd go with it just as it is.

Quilt Pixie said...

love the B&W border... I might narrow it down a bit as I feel a little sea sick looking at it (the movement of the squiggles) but it might just be me and/or the computer...

jillytacy said...

I vote for the black and white as borders. Otto is so lucky!

Bunny said...

I really like the red inner border and the black with white squiggles! Great accents! Bunny

floribunda said...

I'm with quilt pixie... where's the dramamine? actually I like the black & white a lot, but I think it needs a tiny red strip to separate it from the main part of the quilt and calm it down just a bit. I'm a big fan of tiny strips in borders!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

very fun. yes, definitely an inner border. the black and white is zany and fun, go for it. and stop worrying so much!!! just do it. trust yourself, you're doing great. And I'm proud of you for just whacking off the extra!!!