Border smart

I always have trouble deciding what to quilt on borders. I always dread when it comes time to do something about the border. My current wallhanging project is no exception —

until… a few days ago when I was having a conversation with myself .

SELF: “Why don’t you just follow the designs on the fabric and free-motion quilt around it? After all, you do have the BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator), don’t you?”

SELF: “Great idea!”

SELF: “Why don’t you do a test sample even though you hardly believe in doing that? That way you won’t have to spend your precious time taking out stitches while you could be happily quilting away.”

SELF: “I guess you have a point even though I think test sampling is such a bore.”

So, I did a test sample in less than 5 minutes. The result didn’t look all that good to me but at least I had a general idea how it was going to look. I went ahead and quilted the border as planned before I was talked into testing it on a sample sandwich. The result on the actual wallhanging was more than satisfactory! I love the overall texture that was created.

I am just about finished with the wallhanging. I will post a picture of the finished work at a later date.

Meanwhile, if you have trouble coming up with the perfect quilting motif for your quilt borders, sometimes the motif is right before your eyes in the fabric design!

Close-up with a different lighting. Notice the “puff” from the wool batt.

Till next time!

3 thoughts on “Border smart

  1. I had the pleasure of seeing this in person last Saturday and it is fabulous…and inspiring! Talking to yourself works out well for you! :-)

  2. I too will have a serious talk to myself…I have a border looking at me…I know what I would like to do with the quilting, but am not quite game enough…if I could just find the fabric I would give it a try. Will look for some of the scaps tomorrow. Thats very clever Wendy.
    What sort of cotton were you using and did you have the same in the bobbin. I tried my BSR again – but it ran away some more…so back to the darning foot :)

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