Delft #7: thinking through the border

So, I put down my secret project for a couple of hours.

It was time to get cracking on the border for Delft. I’ve been putting it off because I knew that the fabric I’d bought wasn’t quite long enough now that I’d added an extra row to the bottom of the hexie panel. I knew I’d work something out, but it was going to take a bit of consideration

Sorry about the gloomy lighting, it’s been a very dark and overcast day

So, here’s the result. The border pieces are short by 8 inches each. I had enough left over to improvise cornerstones, but not the length I needed to make each side long enough to mitre the corners elegantly. Cornerstones it was, then. The borders are 10 inches wide. This meant that there would be a Y seam running diagonally up to the cornerstone. The fabric is, as you can see, very directional, so I needed a solution that would address this. So I cut half square triangles and alternated the print direction. I think it works. I’d already made the 4 pink hexie flowers thinking I might use them to disguise any, um, messy bits unsuccessful improvisation. I’m not sure about them. Do you think they look like afterthoughts, or like I’m trying to hide something?

I need to be happy with the solution before I start work, as the next stage is to press all the edges super hard, pull out all the papers and then baste the edges to the borders. Once they’re secured, I’ll make the mitre that forms the bottom of the Y seam and then insert the cornerstones. If I do the mitres first, it will inevitably mean that something doesn’t fit, there will be gaping or puckering and it will be nasty. Far better to attach the edges first and then fold away the mitre.

So that’s the plan. Probably. For now, anyway.

28 thoughts on “Delft #7: thinking through the border

  1. kymlucas says:

    I like it! Deviously brilliant solution to the issue.

  2. Caroline says:

    the flowers look more like features than afterthoughts

  3. tialys says:

    The stripes look great – I’d never have thought of it but it really works.

    • katechiconi says:

      I agree, the contrast is wonderful. I tried to think of something that wouldn’t fight the hexies but wouldn’t be either blah or look like an afterthought. It took ages to find the right fabric, but I love it!

  4. claire93 says:

    you really were inspired with those stripes!

  5. I really like them. I don’t understand the rest of the technical sewing stuff, but I’d never have guessed you were hoping to use them as coverups should that be necessary 🙂

  6. Genius! Turned out stunning.

  7. anne54 says:

    The pink flowers work really well, Kate. They pick up the pink in the hexies and break up the edge between the two elements. I think the stripe is an inspired choice. It would have been easy to choose something more hippyish, but the stripes immediately gives a wow factor and take the whole thing beyond the obvious.

    • katechiconi says:

      It would be all to easy to reduce the impact of the hexies by choosing something busy, and I felt plain was too… meh. Once the idea of a strong graphic pattern came to me, this stripe was a hands-down winner.

  8. cedar51 says:

    I like how the “point” moves naturally into the extra flower …..

  9. I learned something new today: cornerstones for quilts! I really like that striped border. It does a nice job pulling it all together.

  10. Debbierose says:

    I dont migrate to stripes, but this works so well. Very clever use

  11. Emmely says:

    I did not think the extra flowers covered anything up until you mentioned it. Since the colours match what’s already going on they look intentional. By now you’ve prabablu already decided, though!

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