Finally the last 3 borders are on my modern medallion quilt! They were a lot less time consuming than the "Cross my Heart" border (thank goodness or it might have been a few more months before the end). :)
So here they are:
"Stuck in the middle"
This is just a peek at the next border. This one was heavy on the low volume so the wonky 60 degree triangles (which came together quickly and beautifully) had to really stand up and be counted. A couple of people in the quilt along group had mentioned that my quilt reminded them of a Summer garden. Great compliment and a bit of an inspiration at this point. I decided to go with my more colourful fabrics such as the Hello Tokyo print used in the wavy border. I also introduced a final print not found elsewhere, the one with flowers and butterflies, which is from Love U by Deb Strain. The colours worked perfectly at this stage and reinforced the garden idea. The teal Mirror Ball Dot ensures there isn't too much whimsy and fluff and makes the orange border from the same range feel less lonely. :)
It was possibly the most challenging when it came to choosing the "right" fabrics. Technically it wasn't hard as it was very similar to "Stuck in the Middle". I say "right" because really there is no definitive answer when making a quilt as I hope this series of posts has pointed out. In this case I could have gone low volume and let the quilt wash into softness towards the edges or I could have reinforced the teal or...
What I chose was a lime green linen feel solid which appears very briefly as highlights in the crosses, geese and central medallion. On the corners I introduced a final print not found anywhere but which has the perfect blend of greens and oranges. This print from the Love range by Amy Butler was a bit of a gamble and took some auditioning with other fabrics because I knew I wanted it but didn't know if it belonged. It is a little softer around the edges than the other, more graphic prints but I think it sits well with them. Together I think they pull the quilt together, give a conclusion to the introduction of the centre and make it all make sense.
here and follow the link up! It's amazing how different one pattern can look...