I’ve been auditioning borders for The Circle Games, pattern by Jen Kingwell. I’m not having much luck. I have one more idea but before I try that one on for size – I’m just going to take this down from the design wall and give it a rest for now.
Here are the possibilities I have tried so far:
Option 1: narrow teal border with wide floral print. (Tame. BORING yet the centre is so busy, it calms it down and gives the eye somewhere to rest.)
Option 2: Crumb block border like I made for my Liberated Hexi quilt. (I do like this one. It’s probably the one I like the best.)
Option 3: Pieced New York Beauty border. (The border is actually too wide for this quilt – however, I’d have to make all new so I could adjust the width. I remember how much work those paper pieced spires were though. I also think it’s almost too angular or stark with the softness of the centre blocks.)
Option 4: Improv drunkards path blocks randomly placed. (I tried random because I need an odd number of blocks to make it fit with the top/narrow border. I don’t like this one at all – too much happening; no rhythm. It just looks like I’m slapping blocks onto a quilt.)
Option 5: Improv drunkards path blocks set with 1/2 circle orientation. (A little better than option 4 but I’m not in love with it. Disappointing as I put much work into these blocks – about 40 – and I really thought this was going to be my favourite.. On the bright side – I have 40 blocks that I can use for something else.)
It’s at this point that I’m also considering going with the 1/2 circle appliquéd border on the original pattern (see below). I’m not sure if I have enough of the teal for the background or not but that would be my color preference.
Another project on hold while I ponder my options or come up with new ones.