Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Butterfly Quilt Borders

I got the center of my butterfly quilt pieced.  Those big blocks are very forgiving, a good thing since my piecing skills have gotten a little rusty from disuse. 

I have lots of this bubblegum pink for the inner border, so that was an easy decision, but the outer border stumped me.  I tried a few different pieced blocks, and I struggled with the size these blocks should be.  

In the end I decided on a simple string of 4-patch blocks, which emphasizes the hominess of the quilt.  Also, I'm determined not to add any of the left-over fabric back into my stash.  Whatever doesn't get used up by the border, will go into one or more baby quilts I can set aside for gifts.  I'm shooting for an empty drawer where this project's supplies once lived.  I think I can do it.

I want to finish this quilt and get if off the design wall.  In the past, I'd have let it marinate in the closet before I tackled the borders, but I think I'm slowly changing my ways.


margaret said...

this is a real beauty, all those perfectly appliqued butterflies, dare not show mu butterfly loving daughter as she will want one and would not know how to do the applique, another thing on my to try list!

floribunda said...

I'm not so much a fan of those 30's fabrics, but your quilt is perfect for them -- and I love the square-patch border!

Magpie Sue said...

I love how you handled the alternate squares between the butterflies. This is going to be such a cheerful quilt! My experience has been that it's very helpful to finish tops before they leave the design wall. Very effective in reducing the number of UFO's hanging around!