in need of a Border
I’m not usually one for borders. I generally prefer to make more blocks to bring a quilt up to size, especially with a scrap quilt since there are always more scraps! But this time feels different.
These cross roads blocks emerged from my crumb-size scraps. I used all of my crumbs that were big enough and lots of triangle scraps too. With all of those scraps incorporated, the cross roads blocks feel complete. I just can’t see cutting up my bigger scraps to keep making itty cross roads blocks.
I was going to have a lot of leftover low-volume scraps until I realized I could use them to finish out the edge of my patchwork. I made 1.5” finished half square triangle blocks and combined those with 2” cut low volume squares as shown below. As a result, the edge of the patchwork alternates between finished cross roads blocks and little faceted squares. Love!
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I’m pleased as punch with this happy scrappy patchwork top, but it’s turned out too small! At just 45” square, it could be a baby quilt, but I’m thinking it’s more likely to find a home as a throw.
So, border ideas anyone? I was thinking a slanted piano key border made up of bright scrappy strips. Under that plan, I’d add a thin low volume border to give the center some space. Still I worry it could be visually overwhelming. Hmm… maybe a low volume piano key border instead? Or, perhaps solid scrappy strips running parallel to the patchwork edges (instead of piano style) for a simpler frame? I want to avoid using large cuts of a single fabric for the border. I love how scrappy this feels and want to stick to that ethos. I might need multiple borders to make this big enough!
Any ideas, friends?