What Would You Do Wednesday?

I wanted a border to frame this in:Kite with strings

I debated on using one of these “kite” fabrics:Kite Fabric

Or make a scrappy border with these:Scrap Kite fabricI thought the top “stringy” fabric was too light. I didn’t like the wavy strip as a border and I didn’t think I had enough scraps left over for the scrappy border.

Knowing I wanted a darker fabric to frame the quilt I went with this:Kite with borderI don’t like it at all, it’s too dark. I made the mistake of measuring, cutting and sewing without auditioning the fabric first. I know better. Sigh.

Knowing I’d have to rip out the border, I pinned the kite tails on to see if that helped:Kite with border and strings

What do you think?

I was hoping the busyness of the kite tails would take away the focus of the too dark border. It helps, but not enough in my opinion. Maybe it will grow on me.

What would you do?

Wondering on the Journey, Jackie

  • Carol McD

    It’s a really cute quilt. I think the dark blue is to much like the blue kite border and tail. my vote would be for the wavy fabric in that top photo. You don’t want to take away from the kites though, so maybe a small print that’s med dark ?
    audition on the design wall and look from far away or take a picture with your phone.

    I love the tails!

    • Jackie

      Thanks Carol. I’ve kept it on my design wall to mull over.

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  • SandyH

    I actually don’t hate the border. But I’d also hate to see you have to rip it all out. I wonder if it would break it up, or make it seem more intentional somehow, if the kite tails wandered off over the border here and there…? Or maybe you could take some fabric paints to it…? Or bleach? 🙂

    • Jackie

      As much as I don’t want to rip out, I’ve done it before and on larger projects. I have thought about a string hanging off the quilt here or there as well as adding another kite (falling) that hangs outside the border. Designing as I go along with bumps in the are typical for me. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

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  • Sandi Colwell

    Maybe make the black border a bit thinner and then use the wavy fabric as an outer border? It’s adorable any way you do it.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Sandi, that is sweet of you to say. A great thing about quilting is that the possibilities are limitless.

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