If you recall, my Red Project was inspired by a Chippewa Nine Patch quilt I saw hanging in the Spring AQS show three years ago. It was made in the same fabrics as shown in the pattern cover. What I really want for the border of my quilt is that exact large scale paisley used in the snowball blocks.
I thought I had found a similar paisley. Here it is in my EQ rendering and fabric laid out with the quilt top.
Paisley EQ Rendering
I'm concerned that it's too brownish. It has a lot of dark brown and cheddar in it, no blue at all.
While in Paducah I searched for a better option, and the only thing I could find was a William Morris print. The individual colors in the print are better, but the overall look is quite different, more blurry and it definitely reads lighter in value.
Morris EQ Rendering
I'm concerned that the print is out of character with the rest of the quilt.
Another option would be to go with a red Civil War-inspired print for the border, which would read darker and be in keeping with the character of the rest of the prints. I can probably find a red CW print fairly easily. One of the ones used in the top is shown below.
RCW EQ Rendering
I'm concerned that it'll be boring.
I have a lot invested emotionally in this project. And financially, but that's beside the point; I'll happily spend more for the perfect border print.
Thoughts going around in my head are:
- If I compromise on one of these options, will I always regret it?
- What if I overdye the brownish paisey with a diluted blue? Might it cool down the overall cast and neutralize the cheddar a bit? Worth a try.
- I could continue to search for the right print, on line and in shops. Meanwhile, this project becomes a UFO. I really hoped to get it finished this year. I already have a quilter in mind to quilt it.
- Another option would be to remove the narrow blue border and continue the checkerboard border to seven patches wide like the blocks in the center, and replace the blue border around the outside edges. I'll have to work on that in EQ.
I'd love to hear your input. Thanks for any comments and suggestions you can share.
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