I am working on this Tossed 9 Patch, using Eleanor Burn's Perenials fabric. I bought the stripe to match the prints in the charm packs, and thought I had enough for a mitered border, one that would make the stripes line up around the quilt, like a frame.
But I miscalculated. I wanted to make the borders as wide as possible to use the most of the fabric, and to make the quilt as large as possible. I'm aiming for twin size. But I didn't add enough to make the corners come to a point. You need quite a few extra inches to compensate for 11" borders!
Notes! I don't have any more of the stripe wide enough to just piece. Even the left overs on the sides won't add in enough, should I choose to piece it. There are also no more charm squares left, although I could purchase one more pack, but we didn't think that would help, since I need what ever pieced block to measure 11 by 16 or so. I didn't really want to spend more money on this, either.
Here are some pictures. I'm about 8" short on each corner, on the top and bottom pieces. I need the border fabric to spread out, to make it fit. The only solution I came up with is to put a strippy block that measures 11 1/2 (border width) by 16-17" using the remaining pieces of the border (which are very long, about 2 1/2 yards, since the stripe was along the length) and some of the coordinating 1st border. What do you think? Does this look okay? Any suggestions for different ways to make the border longer?
View from the side to the top.
This was one suggestion, just alternating the pink/stripe fabric.
Another suggestion was alternating the pink/strip fabric, putting a green stripe in the middle, and doing the others out again. It does need to be wider than this is showing, and I do want to keep the pink fabrics on the outside, so the stripes are not competing with the border. The green is just a test strip. I have to check my stash for other possible greens that would match the charm squares in the quilt a little better.
Please let me know your opinion. Thanks!