If you’ve followed my progress since my early blog posts in March, you might remember that each square of background fabric has a hand-appliqued “orange peel” on it, all made up of scraps of reproduction fabrics. It’s been a LONG process!
I picked a burgundy fabric for the inner border and an especially pretty small-print floral (burgundy, gold, olive on black) for the outer border. I love the outer border fabric, despite its darker hue, and I think it pulls things together nicely. It’s from a line called “Stars and Coxscombs” by Moda. (This photo does not do it justice.) I considered a sort of gold inner border but it felt too bright against the black-background big border. I think I’ll seek out an olive fabric for binding, after I quilt this…
Speaking of which, any great ideas for a quilting pattern for this top? I will probably just machine quilt it in the ditch with neutral thread if I cannot dream up a more interesting plan. One could also quilt in the ditch around the “peels.” Echo quilting wouldn’t work because there’s very little space surrounding each peel. They go right up against the seams.
I’m relieved to have gotten this far and am hoping this will look good enough to hang in my living room, where I’ve been saving a spot for it!