I saw the pattern for the main block in this top somewhere on my travels on the internet. I can’t remember where it was, maybe facebook, but the block pattern stuck with me even though I read that it included partial seams.
The partial seams turned out to be simple!
I had just enough of the red fabric for the background to make 25 blocks including the optional sashing which I think really adds to the overall look:
However, it wasn’t a useful size and I had no interest in a square quilt. And I couldn’t find anymore of the red fabric even with my good google search skills. So I had to get inventive.
This is what I came up with for borders for the top and bottom of the quilt:
However that still didn’t look finished and I didn’t want to make it a square quilt by putting borders on the sides. However, the sides needed something. So I thought why not duplicate the inner (black) border treatment.
That looks more finished to me even though part of me is screaming that one needs the same border treatment on all 4 sides of the quilt.
The moral of this tale is that picking a random piece of background fabric that looks like it should be big enough and hoping it will be is not always the best plan.