Friday, July 8, 2011

Calling for opinions

I've finished the main top with my "Almost Amish" blocks.  These were obtained from a swap a couple of years ago.  The rules were to make traditional style blocks, in solids or "read solids", with a solid black background.  I had 24 of them (9.5" unf.) which I set them straight with black sashing and cornerstones.   I still have to add a plain black border so the top "floats" and at least one more border of 6.5" or so.  Finished size will be a generous throw -- around 56" x 80".

Here are some possibilities for the outer border (6.5" unf.), pulled from stash:. I will likely make corner 6" x 6" corner blocks in the same style as the main blocks.  Click to enlarge so you can see details of the options:

The stripes are small rectangles in this one.

Here's an actual multi-colored stripe.

Or I could piece a "piano keys" border from tone-on-tone scraps.

The quilt is a wedding gift for the daughter of a colleague.  I don't know her well and have only met her husband briefly.   According to her father, they have rather traditional taste -- nothing overly fancy -- and her favorite color is purple.  There are a number of blocks with purple as the sole or the major color and I think I'll bind it in purple, no matter what border option.  

Please leave a comment with your thoughts about these options -- or if you have another idea, I'd love to hear it! 


  1. The first one. It has enough color to be interesting, and to pick up the favorite color of purple, but it doesn't fight with the blocks for attention.

    Beautiful and striking quilt!

  2. Piano keys. Definitely not the choice in the middle.

  3. Piano keys, no doubt about it.


  4. They're right. #1 is too dull.

  5. What a lovely quilt! I like the piano keys the best and with a purple binding it all should blend beautifully. I think they will love and treaure this!

  6. I think even the piano keys compete with these very striking blocks, and I would go with a plain black border.

  7. I'm voting for piano keys also. I think it works best with the blocks you have.


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