||[Sep. 9th, 2012|08:46 pm]
With the borders all cut and partially pieced, with one of them sewn onto the quilt, I had a crisis of faith about the colors I’d chosen for them. The green was too vivid, too strong combined with the focus fabric. I didn’t like the way it drew the eye. It clashed with the center of the quilt.
I stopped working on assembling the borders and spent a few days mentally dithering, and then spent a fretful morning with the quilt laid out on the bed, debating if I should tear out all the work I’d done and try reds instead, vexed about using yet another red since there wasn’t enough of what I’d used before on hand.
I was standing over the quilt, biting my lip and laying out red scraps, when DH stopped me.
“It looks fine with the green,” he said gently. “Take a break and come back to it.”
We went out for a walk and when we came back I had an inspiration. What I didn’t like about the green in the border was the brightness. What if, instead of taking green away, I added some? A thin strip of darker green as a second border might work. I folded a little of the dark green and gold fabric into a strip and laid it on the border edge. That narrow strip of darker green and gold really did the trick; the darker green tamed that bright green and the metallic gold added richness, like a gilded frame for this formal and ornate quilt.
Here’s the final design decision, complete with feline “helper”. The dark green outer border needs to be just a little narrower, but otherwise I really like this; it’s more interesting than an all-red border and less garish than the bright green by itself.
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