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Here's the design I came up with - simple blocks in lattice with plain borders.:
I decided to cut away the gold border, leaving just the dark brown edge of the original block:
But as I worked, I quickly realized that, for each of the blocks, the actual distance between the gold metallic border and the cream block was different! Fortunately I realized it fairly early - and, as you see in the photo below - in some cases I actually left a small amount of the gold on. After measuring the distance on each block, I realized that I could cut 5/8" from the cream and have a small amount of the brown (and the thin black line bordering the cream). As you can see in the block below, there's a tiny bit of gold still there, but it's well within the 1/4" seam allowance, and won't show once it's sewn.
I resolved this conflict by adding another chocolate border after the orange one. That gave just enough visual separation and enhanced the "frame" effect I wanted for each block.
I chose Signature's "chamois" thread (which has a soft gold colour), and am using the "Blustery Breeze" groovy boards for the pattern. This was actually a fairly bold choice, as the thread really shows up on the blue and chocolate brown borders. After finishing the first pass (12 inches deep and all the way across) I was a little worried I'd made a mistake with the thread colour. But by the time I got halfway through, I knew I'd made the right choice.
Here it is on the longarm:
|I'm a bit frustrated with my camera. I've tried several times with and without flash to get a good shot|
of the backing, but it always comes out washed-out looking. The photos above and below this one
are truer to the golden shades in this fabric.
|67" x 78" - quilted on the longarm ("Blustery Breeze" groovy boards) - 100% cotton batting|