Quilters Question: Border Advise, S’il Vous Plaît

I have a conundrum.

I’ve been working on a quilt for my son for some time. It’s officially my new UFO (unfinished object) that I’ve been putting off and putting off. Why? Well I’ll tell you.

It is a quilt that I started 2 and a 1/2 years ago after finishing a project for my son’s bear. The plan was to make bear’s quilt and then make a matching quilt for my son.

That was 2 and a 1/2 years ago. Then I picked it up again and got the quilt top about 90% finished. Then this happened. I got all smarty pants and decided to add borders to lengthen the quilt. Instead of making it better, I made more work for myself as the borders did not go on properly and left me with buckling and tenting.

Ring a bell now? Yeah…so as of that last post, I haven’t touched the project and instead let it sit while I worked on other things and stewed over my choices.

Buckling borders at the top

First choice is to add the colorful borders back in at the top and bottom of the quilt, thus making it longer and more like a twin quilt than a lap quilt. I’ve already trimmed the lime green borders surrounding the quilt top to straighten things out. The borders are the left over strips uses to the make the squares.

Then I came up with a second choice, a new fresh idea to tie in the fabric I’d use as the backing.

The three together

Instead of using the same fabric used in the squares, I’d border the whole blanket with the polka dotted fabric I’m using on the back. Then, I’ll add the backing and bind it with the yellow.The risk is that it will become too busy with the change in fabric pattern since the polka dot material isn’t apart of the bug kit. But the change in fabric might bring the whole thing together, too.

Humm…what do you think, quilters? Should I go with my original plan to use the colorful bug strips used for the squares to border the ends and lengthen the quilt? OR should I border the whole quilt with the polka dotted fabric I’ll also use as the backing and then bind with the yellow?


One thought on “Quilters Question: Border Advise, S’il Vous Plaît

  1. Pingback: Fourth Quilt: Jake’s Twin Bear Quilt | In Stitches

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