I've been working on this hand-stitched project since .. well .. Forever. (Actually April 2015). I recently finished stitching all the panels (columns) together, since all the applique work was FINALLY done. Oh, woo hooo ... I tell you, I am rather tired of those flowers and leaves.
I've been worrying about what to do about the border. Generally speaking, I don't care for slab-o-borders but in this case, I think that is exactly what the layout calls for. Any pieced or appliqued border would be just way too much when combined with the "busy-ness" of the interior.
When I was on a recent vacation, I hauled my Forever Project™ in to a local quilt store. I was quite gratified when my applique column was ooooh'd and ahhhh'd over. :-) The employee, Lindy, helped me audition various fabrics, after I explained what I was .. and was not .. looking for. I even entertained the notion that I wouldn't find anything.
|left: edge to be appliqued. Right: edge appliqued onto border fabric|
So, after the last stitch was fastened off, which connected the last columns together, I took a HUGE breath and cut my borders. And hallelujah!! I will have enough. Whew!
To be sure, there is more appliquing to be done .. as that is how I am going to attach the columns to the borders ... but ya know? .... IT'S ALMOST DONE!!! woo hoo!