Trying a New Border Design

This week I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time with my longarm, working to catch up on the pile of quilt tops waiting to  be quilted. I am really pleased with this finish and am happy to share it with you today.

The top was pieced by Karen, a lovely lady I met when she enrolled in the beginning quilting class I teach. Karen is fun to be around and the quilting bug has really bitten her. She gave me the top to quilt and told me to ‘do whatever’.

Sometimes it’s really scary when someone says that to me in regard to their quilt, but not in this case. As soon as I pulled the top out of the bag and laid it on the frame I knew exactly how I needed to quilt it. I love when that happens! Doesn’t happen very often, but when it does it’s like unicorns and rainbows dancing all around. 🙂

I love the colors Karen used, and the easy design which shows off the fabrics so well. Those HSTs finish at six inches. They are the perfect size to highlight the gorgeous colors of the prints. Sometimes, simple is better!

dot to dot free motion quiltingI admit that deciding how to quilt the border took me a couple of hours. I wasn’t sure what to do. My go to design is usually piano keys, but that didn’t feel right for this quilt. I finally got out my Shape by Shape books by Angela Walters and started flipping through them. I found this perfect border design after only a couple of minutes. I love how it plays off the quilting in the blocks. When I look at the quilt as a whole, it looks like I planned out the entire design ahead of time. I didn’t, but no one except me and you will ever know!

The backing is a great navy blue print by Riley Blake. I used the same thread color front and back and I can barely see the green thread on the blue back. Mostly you just see the texture.  That’s a win in my book!

Riley Blake fabric for backingAll the quilting was done with rulers and minimal marking, utilizing Angela’s ‘dot to dot’ technique. Sounds like a lot of work but it went quickly, especially because I was in my happy place. Ruler work and free motion quilting make my heart sing and I always feel my most creative when I get to quilt that way.

Ruler Work FMQI hope you enjoyed this tour of Karen’s quilt. Thank you Karen for allowing me to quilt for you!

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I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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15 Responses to Trying a New Border Design

  1. Rebecca Grace says:

    This looks fantastic, Beth! Where did you learn Angela’s “dot to dot” method? I’m assuming that you’re referring to Angela Walters. Is this in one of her books, a Craftsy/iQuilt class, or a YouTube tutorial?

  2. Tish says:

    I LOVE this border! I’ve never been brave enough to give it a go. So from one new long armer to another…do you do your borders at you are quilting the quilt, or roll it back up and do it when your done? And I love you more for saying it felt like “unicorns and rainbows dancing all around!”

  3. Kate says:

    A great marriage of fabrics, pattern and quilting. It turned out beautifully!

  4. Kathleen McCormick says:

    I love the quilting in the border, and yes, it is perfect with the quilting in the blocks. Just like you planned it 😉.

  5. I Like it!!! It looks great – and yep – sometimes you spend so much time deciding what to do!! its crazy 😉 but all good in the end

  6. I love the straight lines and how the compliment the piecing.

  7. chrisknits says:

    It’s wonderful. And I love how you tied the border to the quilting design.

  8. Liz W. says:

    Oh it’s beautiful! Wonderful colors, and I absolutely love that dot-to-dot border design, I’ve been eyeing it for ages but haven’t tried it yet.

  9. Tracie says:

    The quilt looks great! I’m a huge fan of how you quilted it and the fabrics—my favorite colors.

  10. Great quilt. Love your choice of a geometric quilting design!

  11. I know how I would feel if the choosing of the design came that easily and if it turned out that good so kudos to you! That is not a small thing. I’m sharing in your excitement!

  12. Lynne Tilley says:

    Wow, it’s such a beautiful quilt design, and the quilting is amazing. Wonderful job on that! Love it all.

  13. Perfect quilting for this bright, fun piece! I’m sure Karen will be thrilled with the end result. And I’m inspired to try this border treatment myself 🙂

  14. Brenda~Songbird Designs says:

    Great job on the quilting! I think that border treatment is spot on and works great with the way you’ve quilted the blocks! Rulers do take a bit longer, but I love using them!!

  15. It’s beautiful ,you’re quilting is superb 😍

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