Monday, April 13, 2009

Border Patrol

Okay, I know I haven't posted much lately, but the taxes are done (thanks to our wonderful CPA) and I got an A+ for my record keeping! That was one of my very few New Year's resolutions: keeping better business books.

Anyhoo, I have these two quilt tops without borders on design walls and I've been trying to decide what to do for borders. I cropped the photos you see and printed them off on a couple of sheets of paper, which makes designing the borders easier. Border ideas are sketched around the actual quilt photos so that I can really see what they might look like. Colored pencils will help too.

"Border patrol" consists of hanging my quilt tops and allowing my subconscious mind to work while I'm doing other things. Last night while organizing my studio an idea developed for the rail fence border and I wrote it down right away before it disappeared. If the idea pans out, I'll show it to you in a future post.

The next time you have a decision to make about a quilt, try hanging it in plain view and allowing your mind to play with design ideas. Every now and then I get an idea in the middle of the night and hop up to write it down. This works with math too, by the way...a 20 minute nap always brought the answer for my Calculus homework. When I couldn't figure out a problem I'd get very sleepy, so I'd lay down for a few minutes. When my head was through figuring the problem, I woke up knowing the answer! We have amazing brains!


Frances Arnold said...

What a great idea to print out your quilt on paper and then play with your border designs. I would never have thought of that!!!

Julie Bagamary said...

Funny, I'm working on a rail fence type quilt too but with someone else's remnants. It's challenging using someone else's color scheme.