Ask Cindy for border suggestions
I have made my daughter a baby quilt (only my second quilt). The
"body" is a clothesline on a lime green background. On the
clothesline hangs various articles of clothing. On these clothes are my
daughter's name, date of birth, weight, etc. I know how to quilt this. My
problem is the border. It's a 5" lime green checked gingham. Any
suggestions on patterns for quilting this. I need a SIMPLE pattern.
This quilt sounds absolutely lovely! Here are some suggestions that popped
into mind for quilting the border:
- trace your daughter's hand and foot prints onto cardboard or plastic.
Space these at random along the edge of the border, or have two hands or
feet make a 'V' at quilt border's corners. I would also add sibling
hands/feet, as well as yours and your mate's.
- trace some of the clothing items you used on the quilt's center...if
they're too big to fit into the border (I suspect they are), use only
the smaller items, or 'reduce' them on a photocopy machine until they
fit. Freehand sketch in a meandering 'clothesline' on the border, then
randomly add the clothing patterns to make it look as if they're hanging
on the line...when quilted, this should almost look as if their shadows
are in the border!
- the easiest of all -- just use the checks in the border fabric as a
quilting guide -- you won't have to mark anything at all. Decide if you
want a pattern of squares or vertical/horizontal lines, and what spacing
you want to use...then quilt, following the lines. As for marking these,
you can use:
- chalk (only do a small portion at a time -- has a tendency to wear
off *pencil (lightly!). May not wear off for a while...or never. A
solution of watered-down Joy dishwashing detergent will often
dislodge pencil marks if they're not too heavy.
- a washable blue marker. Although there is some controversy about
these, especially for people who wash their quilts in hot water or
leave them in the sun (the marks have a tendency to come back then),
I have never had any problems. BUT I use them lightly and wash them
out as quickly as possible, too, with cool or lukewarm water.
Obviously, I'm assuming your quilt is washable...
Some books you may find helpful: Pieced
Borders, the complete resource and Borders,
Bindings and Edgings; the art of finishing your quilt .
One final irreverent suggestion. The birds always seem to be hanging
around waiting to add their special 'contribution' when I'm hanging clothes
out on the line...maybe a bird or two in strategic places? Be sure to date
your quilt when finished, so your daughter knows exactly when you made
Best of luck to you,