Long time no post :) Lots of things going on plus a slow internet system have kept me away. However, my internet challenges (something you can have when you live rural) appear to be over and my posting should become more regular again. By the way, I've missed posting.
I've been in the throws of developing my Shapes II abstract quilt to teach.
While creating a second version of the pattern, I realized, once again, how important each step to the quilting process is to the completed product. As the quilt stands with the center complete it appears flat and unexciting (exciting is important to me :).
However, as I add the first border and close in the pale background the color picks up, although now overly orange.
Adding the final touch by fusing the dark green to the outer portion of two borders brings all the colors and values into balance. I am happy with the result, a polished finish. I generally select my quilt borders once the quilt center is complete. It takes completing the center for the quilt to talk to me and let me know in what direction to head when selecting the border fabric, both its color and pattern, what statement I want to make. Next time you begin a quilt, even if you have selected your border fabrics prior to beginning, be open to the idea that your completed quilt will want something other than what you originally selected to complete it.