For the most part, my little Crossweaves solid quilt has been on hold for a week. I have been quilting away on several client quilts, and I hit a brick wall on the quilt's construction. I had gotten the quilt to this point a week or two ago, and like the look of the rose and red border. You all know me well enough to know that I have too much trouble taking the easy way out. Why I didn't do a single color border initially is not known. I had a 1/2 yard of many different colors, and really wanted to bring the variety of these colors into the quilt.
Problem is this, though. This quilt will only finish at about 38-39", and these are thicker fabrics. So the more I piece them, the more I get bulk. I had the top all layed out with the next triangular sections, but after hand sewing (yea, long story short...I couldn't get proper alignment of the narrow 1/2" borders, so I glued it and hand stitched the diamond to the triangles.), I discovered that it just wouldn't lay down at the seams. I was ticked. I had dealt with the bulk acceptably on all of the pieced blocks, so why not now?
So the clearest solution seemed to be to take it all apart and eliminate the pieced pink border, which I really liked, and make it a continuous/solid border. Boring, my mind thought, but easier. The next step was to select the border color, cut and sew. Seemed simple and fast. Ha! It was anything but fast. I had an idea what fabric I'd choose, but instead, I posted some possibilities to my facebook buddies to get some other opinions. The first six posted had solid borders. Not to my surprise, most either selected the red or the aqua. A few chose the brown, despite my knowing that I didn't have enough brown fabric. What was my inclination, you wonder?... (or not wonder)...#1, the beige.
All put back together, and happily I can report that triangles came in perfect alignment the first time (using the machine too!). One more border to figure out how to get on with decent lines, and it is DONE (or I should say, ready to be quilted)!