Sunday, March 11, 2007
Is It Done?
I believe this quilt says it is "DONE". No other border needed. It just wouldn't fit the time period of the quilt if I added MORE to it...you know?
The one thing I hate about not putting a border on.....it doesn't leave a fudge factor for trimming and squaring the quilt once it is quilted. I look at antique quilts...did they square off their corners and make sure everything was perfectly straight and the corners were at the perfect angle before adding binding? No. They quilted it, and bound whatever shape the edge turned out to be. How come we have turned ourselves into such "straight edged and perfect corners" quilters?
But there you have it. I know if I quilt this the way that it is now, that the quilting will distort the edge a bit, it's the nature of the beast, fabric is a semi-fluid medium. When I go to square it, I'm going to lose enough in that 1" outter edge of the sashing that it will be wonky to the eye! My main thought for borders is that it gives you a wider place to trim off and it doesn't look so obvious if you shave a bit off here and a bit off there to square the quilt.
Talula would have just bound it and been done with it....no matter if there were bumps along the edge, and the corners weren't perfect.
Why do we (I?) get so worked up about this?!
Quipped by Bonnie K Hunter at 9:17 AM