Friday, March 19, 2010

Border Cats

Here's what I've decided to do for my border.


I tried another quilter's idea of making a border using strips of the cat fabric similar to a piano key border, but with the tops pointed like the cat tails are done in the center of the quilt. But too many tails were indistinguishable from a picket fence border, and, at least in EQ, your eye didn't pick up the visual cue that made you think... oh, those are tails!

I tried coloring it so there was a background fabric, and every other tail was a different calico. This time it looked like my inner pinwheel and cat blocks were enclosed in a cage.

Then I tried putting one cat on the border, and having his tail curl up to be the first strip in the picket fence, but that didn't work either. I gave up on the picket fence - tail repeat idea, and just put a kitty in each corner, then added the yarn balls to partially fill the empty space. I may try to do some small bit of machine applique to make a 'tail' of yarn looping from the ball on the two longer sides of the border. We'll see!

12 comments:

Joyce said...

That is a very good solution. I saw the cats at once. They really finish the quilt. Beautiful.

Candace said...

I absolutely love your quilt, it's so imaginative and unique. Charming in every way.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh I love it!

Mama Koch said...

LOVE IT! The border adds so much to it.

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CherryBlossomMJ said...

We just recently moved to Arlington and I'm needing to find some quilters for inspiration. I'm assuming from what I read on the guild site that the Uncommon Threads meets at night. Are there any groups that meet during the day? Even if it is just a small bee?

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Jan said...

Love the borders with the kitties!

Raewyn said...

Beautiful...just purrfect!! Great thinking

darkmuse said...

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darkmuse said...

LOL)) so blind I am - I even didn't saw cats for the first time seen this quilt))) ha ha

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