Over on Facebook I am really enjoying hanging out with the Celebrate Hand Quilting group. Lots of good hints, tips, recommendations and quilts! Wow, I feel like such a loser when you look at their quilts! I especially like the instant feedback on everything. They are a very encouraging bunch! And so smart!
A few days ago I asked for help on what to do with the border, on this wall hanging, that has been in the works, for quite a while now. The circle quilting is finally complete and who better to go to than my quilty friends both there *and* here.
I pretty much discounted carrying the circles into the border because I think I wanted something different; to showcase, not dilute, what the rest of the quilt was doing. And I think my borders needed to be wider to pull that off.
One suggestion was straight line quilting, 1″ apart, on the inner (rust) border then crosshatching outside of that. The problem is math. Using 1″ straight line quilting, the math just doesn’t allow you match it up and continue on with crosshatching. The crosshatching ends up at about 5/8″. Pretty tight and heavier quilting than the balanced quilting throughout the rest of the piece.
And you can expect the opposite when you reverse it… Nice 1″ crosshatching causes tight straight line quilting, half of which are now hanging mid-air, with nothing to match it up with. I like that it’s tighter and kind of *points* to the quilting on either side, but…. they are just hanging there…
Then I could always just use crosshatching all the way up through both borders and be done with it. Marking and quilting would both be done a whole lot faster!
Or maybe you have another completely different idea.
I have nothing else to quilt on and the Olympics have started. I need help!
What do you think? Any thoughts?