I was inspired by Tessa Marie’s Sisterhood of the Travelling Quilts border. I thought something like that would be a fun addition to Rebecca’s quilt. As much as I liked what had been added so far, I felt that it needed more colour, more … oomph! A chevron border like hers, I thought, would give me lots of possibilities to add in colour.
I wanted to introduce more of the aqua and red that Rebecca had used in her centre, so I pulled out every fabric from my stash that I thought might work. Some fabrics had to be rejected because I did not quite have enough, but I was able to make a few favourites, like my last piece of blue Flea Market Fancy, stretch. I have only the tiniest scraps of that left now.While Tessa Marie tried to avoid Y-seams when she made her border, I deliberately used them in the centre of each border so I could add a fussy-cut bird print.
I used fabric that Rebecca had provided to add more birds in the corners, and these linked in nicely with her centre.I thought I had carefully calculated the chevron pieces, but I had drawn up my diagrams before Serena and I squared everything up. Our squaring up shrank the quilt top a fraction and messed up my measurements, and I did not realise this until after I had cut most of the pieces out. To work around the problem, I evenly trimmed the red chevrons closest to the corners to make the borders the correct length. I knew that I would find it difficult to be perfectly accurate over such a length of border, so I had already cut the end pieces extra large and chosen reds that blended and would hide any discrepancies if my measurements failed me – as they did. Honestly, unless I pointed it out, as I am doing now, no one would notice.
Red and aqua were not enough. I also wanted something that linked in with the colours of Wendy’s earlier border. This Philip Jacobs fabric seemed a perfect match. It was the one fabric I bought specifically for Rebecca’s border.Rebecca’s quilt came to me looking like this. It now looks like this! I probably have added two borders, not one, but both seem to be needed, so I let myself get carried away.
I am happy with the result. I feel the narrow Philip Jacobs strip, along with Jo’s earlier grey strip, sets off Serena’s lovely flying geese well. I am also pleased that I accomplished my aim of adding more bright colour. You can never have too much colour, right?