The double irish chain quilt top
I had intended to try mitred borders, but this quilt needs a double border and the instructions for double mitered borders aren't included in this book - I have to wait for the next one. So double butted borders it is.
I made this top very colourful, suitable for a young boy and the outer border is busy and colourful as well, so a plain 'resting place' border was needed between the two.
I chose a plain blue for the inner border, with a finished width of 1 inch. The second border is a circus print and is finished at 4 inches.
What a difference a border makes! They really bring out the colours in the quilt top.
The bordered quilt top
I am hoping this will be a much loved, drag around, cuddle up blankie favourite and that with a bit of an 1-spy feel to it, (spot the lion, find the tiger etc). and the bright colours, he will want to use this quilt a lot. The backing will be all in the circus print fabric.
The quilting suggestion in the QA book are a circle of hearts in the yellow blocks, a grid pattern and a continuous heart-to-heart border. I really like the quilt design and want to use it. I've not tried FMQ with hearts, but will practice them tomorrow. There is a circle of hearts pattern in Harriet's Heirloom Machine Quilting book, but not the border one. I'll try to find a stencil or pattern, or maybe try to draw one up myself.