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While I sort of knew the direction I needed to go with these borders, adding black into my design did not come without a fair bit of trepidation. Black is just not a color I use, ever. Why and how the zebra print made it into this design is a huge question! One day I woke up and told myself I was going to find some zebra stripes, as though the fussy-cut hexie blocks were not wild enough.
So, as you can maybe see, I did add a tiny micro-piping of black into the design. It is small and subtle, but I thing that is all this needs. I may also use it at or for the binding (if I get that much courage twice). The photo below has nothing stitched; it is all just glue-basted into place. Today I started stitching the first 4 of 12 plates into position.
The piping follows the line between the orange and the ivory silk, even when it goes into the braid. This was my avant-garde twist on this design choice. It was easier than I thought it would be to attach the piping to the individual braid pieces before they were stitched to the background. I know that the piping isn't a whole lotta fun to longarm quilt beside, but I will manage. I love the look. No pain no gain, right?!
The print is challenging to quilt, so geometric designs are often more effective, as is a heavier weight thread. Save those prettier patterns for areas like the silk where they will show better.
It is hard to believe that I made 3 more of these than I actually need!...They take something like 6-8 hours to hand stitch.
This is from early summer...that is about half of the blocks. There was really no plan yet, just blissful piecing.
Time to get drawing!!