Then it finally occurred to me to just got with simple borders - nothing fancy - and instead of playing up the purple in the center panel, to pull out the turquoise instead. I also opted not to cut off the "gold gilting" at the top and bottom of the panel
Here's the result and I have to say I really love it!
|52" x 71" - quilted on the longarm (Blustery Breeze groovy boards) - cotton batting|
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This design is just so much simpler - and although you don't really see it in the photos, that turquoise really makes the purples in the panel jump! I think I like this design better than my original one!