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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Too many choices

 I starting playing with my selection of border fabrics today trying to find one that might suit the Wrench quilt.  I already discarded two - one because it colours were too "cool"  and the other too "warm".  the first one was purple/pink/blue and the second mustard and black.  Love them both, but not with this quilt.

I love the chocolate with turquoise.  Brown goes with everything and the blue brings out the splashes of blue in the quilt.  Also, if I use this one, with the brown closest to the blocks, then I don't have to do a narrow setting border as well.
 This is my next favourite, with red and charcoal/brown in the print.  I could use this without a setting small border as well. 
This is an interesting fabric I have had for ages.  It is light/medium blue, with a fawn stripe, and the blue floral motif on the fawn.  It is a very wide repeat, so the quilt will end up quite large.  I kind of had in mind that I would keep this fabric for a "strippy" quilt some time in the future.

This pink and green print is very pretty.  The pink is very bright and will certainly make it a bright quilt.  It also brings out the splashes of pink in the quilt.

When I put my border on I do not try and mitre the stripes in the corners.  I know this is a popular technique, but I found that it was a technique devised some time in the 1970's and not really a traditonal feature in the mid-1800's, which is what I try to make my quilts look like.  It also wastes a lot of fabric, and I am too stingy!  I put the side borders on first, then the top and bottom.

The borders should be cut from the length of the fabric where possible, as the long threads (the warp) are far more stable, and the quilt will have a much straighter edge.  I know that sometimes that is not possible.  You just have a small amount of fabric, and it is just "the perfect" one, so you want to use it, and cut across the fabric and join it.  I do that too, but when I can I use the length.


  1. Hi Wendy, i like the brown stripe very much as well as the pink one, which gives a very dynamic glow on the quilt, whatever you choose, it will be a lovely quilt. Happy Easterweekend from a chilly and windy Paris.

  2. Hi Wendy, my choice would be border no 2 or 4. Exciting to see which one you choses.

  3. Wendy, I like the pink and green it picks up the pinks in the blocks.

  4. No 2 and 4 pick up colours from the top well. Are you going to hand or machine quilt this one?

    1. It looks like the pink one wins. Thanks for the help. I have to machine quilt it and will probably just do some cross-hatching over the blocks, but I can follow the lines of the print for the border quilting.

  5. Definitely the last option for the border!!!! You're a lot like me in the way you use fabrics, and the way you think about getting every inch of value out of them!!!! I treat all my fabric like 'gold'!!!! What a lovely quilt this will be!!!!!

  6. The pink and green is a definite winner for the border. It just looks like it belongs with those blocks. Love it!