With the whirligig top assembled, I'm on to the borders and finishing stage. Borders are the trickiest thing for me to select. I tend to go too bold or too tame. It is a tough balance to meet. I really wanted the whirligig quilt to be bright and happy but I think I might have over done it a little bit.
That yellow is the outer border, the orange is the backing. If I had stuck with just these two choices, I think things would have been alright. But, there's an inner border that is a very bright stripe (not featured here). I think it overwhelms the quilt top but I know that the whole look will change again once it has been quilted and washed.
While I debate whether to spend a tedious afternoon ripping out stitches to redo the border or to leave it as is and chance that things will change once quilted, I moved on to the next project from my list. Since it is the second quilt from the same pattern, it is kind of like the same project, right??
It involved cutting into the most beloved item in my little stash:
I've had this honeybun and yardage for almost a year. They make me happy just to see them, but I'm on a mission to finish my to-do's so out came the rotary cutter! The top is finished as I write this, stay tuned next week for more peeks.
My plan is to quilt, bind, and wash these two quilts in tandem with one another. Right now, I think one will be for the peanut and one for little pea. I love the thought that they were worked on together and finished at the same time. They will be two of the first items to find a home in the playroom when Handyman Tim is finished with his project.
Can't you just see them in a pint-sized reading nook??