Today was a dreary cold day, so I decided to drag out my sewing machine and add the final 4" border around the edges of this quilt.
When I first bought this layer cake of 10" squares I couldn't figure out what kind of quilt I wanted to make. The designs on this fabric, Bumble by Free Spirit, were a bit large and cutting it up into small pieces for a quilt just didn't set right with me. I loved the bumble bees in various shades of aqua, light green, and coral. But, my favorite from this fabric line are the tall striped trees.
I really wasn't comfortable with cutting it up. As you can see, I chickened out and simply sewed the 10" squares together. Now I have to decide how I want to quilt it. I could just go with yarn ties in the corners of each square, free motion quilt it on my machine (which I've never tried by the way), or take it to my local quilt shop to have it machine quilted. It measures 71" x 80" and will make a great throw for the bottom of the bed or over a chair.
I will be backing it with the green and gray tree fabric that's in the plastic bag. This whimsical fabric on the reverse side may be my favorite part of this quilt when it's finished!
What are your ideas about how I should quilt it? Yarn ties might mess up the symmetry of the trees on the the back. What do you think?