There wasn’t a lot of time for sewing over the weekend since we made another trip down to Milwaukee but I did manage to finish the Stamp top. I decided to go with the off-white sashing since there is no gray in the border fabric.
I wish I had a different fabric for the border, but this is what I could get. The colors are okay but it’s really hard to work with such an obvious directional print. It was made worse because there are two rows of blue diamonds, then a row of bright lime green. I realized too late that I should have made an attempt to fussy cut the border strips because the lime green really seems to stand out. The diamonds are vertical in the top and bottom borders and horizontal in the side borders. It was very distracting where the corners met so I added cornerstones to break it up.
In the end, it will probably look fine when it’s quilted and bound.
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Lea Anne says
The colors in this quilt make me long for warm weather and a beach. I agree that your border “issue” will disappear once it’s quilted. I think it looks fine now.
Love this quilt! It reminds me, too, of the ocean and beach. I think of the border fabric as being the waves… each one is different but wonderful.
Fussy-cutting borders is a challenge. I think your design solution will work just fine. There is such a cheerful variety in the stamp blocks that that’s what people will notice. Wonderful colors!
Bonnie in Va says
Definitely a wonderful beachy feel to this top. I actually like the border colors. It looks like you planned the green for the outside of the border — well on the top and the side. You could flip the left border around and have it continue the look. But can’t tell what is going on with the bottom border. (Personally, I probably wouldn’t make that change as it looks great now.) Such a fun quilt. I look forward to seeing it quilted and bound.
I can understand the ‘issues’ you experienced in using that fabric for the border, but as someone who didn’t have to agonise over it, I thought it looked terrific. The colours are a perfect match for the centre of the quilt – so much so, that it looks like the border fabric was made for this quilt. I think your solution to the border corners is very effective too.
Bev Austin says
Love your quilt. It’s going to look just fine to you when finished. Think when we’re the “maker” of quilt, we are too close to see what others see. It’s great!
It looks fine right now. The dark blues sprinkled around in the middle keep the limes from being overwhelming and it looks great. Not bad for made from scraps!