Monday, July 8, 2019

OBW orange top done!

      After a lot of fit and starts trying to figure out the borders, I made a decision and went with it. No second guessing now, it is sewn and don't ask me to rip it apart. I personally liked the turquoise blue relief border and wanted it to do what it does- stop the eye, but not call attention to itself. I had a great suggestion to use the teal/dark blue color found in some of the blocks (thanks, Julie). I debated how wide to make it. I cut it 2". When I put it against the turquoise, I cut off 1/2" off the turquoise, top and bottom. That made it seem a better proportion.
Other color ideas
Print with dark teal strip
The teal 2" strip
     Then I thought about using the print fabric and I had enough that I would not have to seam the lengths. I debated the width and cut it 6", knowing I could trim more off after quilting to square up. All the border sizes were cut using the measurement across the middle of the quilt. I don't like to average it. I add 1/4" to that measurement, pin out from the middle to the ends. It seems to work the best.
     I did not get the best photo I could. I always have a hard time getting the perfect flat shot. The breeze always messes with me outside, and the wall is never lit well or easy to get back far enough.
Inside on wall shot
Outside, hubby holding corners as high as he can


Vicki W said...

Not just done. Well done!

Mystic Quilter said...

Beautiful Linda - so pleased you were able to bring in that teal strip, it does a fantastic job and looks good with the glorious border fabric. Well done!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Congrats on your newly completed top! Interesting pinning technique. Nice to hear others do approximately the same method as I use. OBW quilts look SEW good when the interior print is used for the border!

Debbie said...

The dark strip always does the trick for me! I love that is stops the design and then pulls in an accent color. Adding the last wider border of the print makes the entire center float, which I also love. So you did well and gained much the knowledge thru all this upheaval and anxiety inducing project:) Plus you now have a fabulous top!

Quiltdivajulie said...

PERFECT! Congratulations on a well-earned finish. It really is lovely and I'm happy for you that the borders added so much to this challenging project.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Beautiful!! I like that you added the "original" fabric as the outer border - it provided so many interesting blocks - ;))

Preeti said...

It is terrific. There is no reason to rip anything and I love orange!!!
Absolutely perfect border choice. Thank goodness for our quilt models and holder-uppers :-)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Very nice!

Jan said...

I LOVE this quilt. You are such an inspiration. I may even get out my half-finished OBW and start sewing!