I forgot to take a photo before auditioning border fabrics. The first photo is without a flash, the second with a flash. They look like different quilts! I think the true colors are somewhere between the two photos.
It seems I make most quilts one step at a time. Choose a block, choose fabrics. Make a few blocks to see how they look. Make a few more and lay them out together. Keep adding. Decide on sashing or not. Rearrange till satisfied. Sew blocks together. Then consider a border. That's just where I am now. Considering a border.
I always thought an autumn-colored border would be good for the maple leaves, but when I placed these first two fabrics around the edges, they seemed to drag the whole quilt down. (I've always had the impression of seeing the autumn leaves as they just begin floating gently to the ground.)
Then I thought maybe light blues similar to some of the ones used as backgrounds in the blocks might work for a border. Like these two. I hoped the blues would help the leaves continue to float. And in the very last photo I added some dark blues.
And then I remembered this brown/black/gold print that I thought might be great.
Here are a few more photos with some fabrics placed around the edges.
I don't suppose short strips of fabric give a true indication of how a complete border would look, do they? But I don't want to cut the fabric in strips to go around the quilt only to decide not to use that particular fabric. How do you audition border fabrics?
Below you can see the two different darker blues I auditioned. I tried a red/orange fabric but wasn't impressed (and didn't take a photo).
Possible border options include
- a narrow one-inch, dark border next to the leaves with a wider, light/medium border around the edge, and a dark binding
- a border the color of one of the backgrounds.
- a dark border
- a light border