For my Cherrywood quilt I auditioned several background colours using Photoshop and decided on dark blue. I’ve now attached the fabric on all sides and I’m pretty happy with the result. It still needs some squaring up and I’m debating how much I am going to chop off the bottom. It currently measures about 130×230 cm. I know people make much larger quilts than this but to me this feels ginormous and I’m somewhat dreading the quilting stage…. Perhaps if I use a really thin and lightweight batting it will still be enjoyable?
Curious what this top looked like without the border?
I think the dark blue was a great choice, it harmonises with the other colours but also throws the brighter colours into contrast and makes them sparkle. For the bottom border, I personally like 1.5 or 2 x the depth of the top border, but whatever pleases your eye is going to work best. Always best to start with taking just a bit off 🙂
Trying some different colours in Photoshop was really helpful, with lighter colours it became a bit boring. I simply added the remainder of the fabric to the bottom, 2x the top border might indeed be a good depth.
That entire quilt process was so interesting. A new way of looking at improv, really. I have no suggestions on the border, but there’s a lady on line who does a fluff and stuff thing as she machine quilts. Paula Reid. I sent her url to someone, hope it wasn’t you! Here it is, anyway, a video of her demonstrating. It has made it possible for me to get through larger quilts without stress. =)
Paula Reid on Freequiltpatterns.info
You didn’t send it to me, I am going to check it out! Thank you.