There is one drawback when designing a quilt. What you have in your mind and on paper, does not always work out when you actually take the fabric and spin out the design. I have the perfect example to show you. Remember how I was trying to figure out this outer border.
You guys really got me thinking and gave me some excellent suggestions. I went and looked through this book 'The Border Workbook' by Janet Kime, and found what I wanted. This book is a thumbs up, but you have to do math to get around some of those corners, so I am a little nervous. Hope the fabric has a lot of stretch, because guaranteed, I will need it=)
I picked out my fabric, one was a new piece I just received by Caryl Bryer Fallert (one of my all time favourite quilters) and got to work. I choose the zigzag border due to all the ricrac in this piece. Thought it was a good fit.
These are all my little sections ready to be sewn together.
Here is where things took a downward spin, or as I like to say, sunk like the Titanic. When I put it on my design wall, this is what unfolded:
Do you see the problem? The lovely zigzag fabric is too fragmented due to all the colours in it to actually look like the pattern it should. A very good lesson learned. I have now picked out different fabric, one with a small repeat pattern and will see how that goes. I will use my discarded border somehow, there is no way Ms. Fallert's fabric won't end up in one of my quilts.
Stay tuned for the outcome of the border!