Sunday, May 30, 2010

Playing with Borders

On Point Kansas Star

Two weeks ago (16 May 2010) I designed this while playing with an on point Kansas Star block.

I looked at it again and wondered: What if I put 4 of them together?

I like this. I can use the original design for something small, like a table topper. And I can use this for something larger, like a lap quilt.

What should I do for a border?

What if I join the loose ends?

I often do this when I'm looking for a border.
Sometimes I get a border. Usually it helps complete the pattern and I still need to look for a border.

In this case the pattern didn't need completing. This puts too much emphasis on the background and detracts from the Kansas Stars.

What if I just float the pattern on a white background and add black binding?

This works just fine.

I see an opportunity here to do some showy quilting.

For on point ideas go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on On Point.


  1. I really like this one (probably already told you that) and wonder if you kept the second last design and made the blue much lighter? That way you would still have the connections, but they would not be so competitive? It looks like a jewel!

  2. Elsie

    I think that's a wonderful idea. I see two ways of doing it. All gthe blue could be made lighter. Or the blue inside the on point blocks could stay the same and the background pattern could be made a lighter blue.

  3. Wayne,

    Like LC I love it with the ends joined, but the colouring needs some playtime so the stars become more dominant. Adding some more colours to the stars would be worth a try, or making the blue outside the stars more grey rather than just lighter.

    Judy B

  4. Judy

    Your suggestions are excellent. I especially like the idea of trying a different color in the stars at the center of each on point block. This would add another layer of color and depth to the quilt.