Not Yet Over the Border

If you remember – well, it was only a couple of posts ago – I was contemplating how best to finish off my F2F3 sampler quilt.

Our bed is a very large Superking size and I want the blocks to finish on top of the bed, not having to be tucked in top and bottom nor travelling down the sides, but that would mean the side borders will be wider than the top and bottom which I know is not usually the done thing.

Thanks for all your input and this is how it looks at the moment.

Far too long for the washing line, I had to take a risk by laying it out in the garden.  As I have two dogs, five cats, numerous insects (although not as pets), prickly weeds , sticky buds and fallen figs – at least fallen figs that haven’t already been snaffled by the dogs – I did fear for its safety but all appears well and there are no yukky stains on the underside.

As you can see I went for the 3 inch border all round and then a 12 inch border at the sides.  This will be enough to cover the mattress at both sides of the bed and the top comes to just over the pillows without losing sight of any of the blocks.

There is one problem though.  The bottom is a little bit shy of being long enough to just tuck round the end of the mattress and I’ve run out of the dark grey fabric.  I bought this fabric at my one and only local fabric store and he is trying to get rid of all his quilting fabric so, when he had a sale, I bought up all he had of this dark grey.  So, my question is – there’s always one isn’t there? (although that’s not the question in question) – does anybody recognise the fabric and the name or maker so I can search for just a bit more.  All I need is probably 4 inches across the bottom there.

Alternatively, does anybody have any in their stash and be willing to sell it to me or do an exchange?

I’m hoping somebody will recognise it, know the name/brand, or have some to swap or sell.

Fingers crossed.


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  1. #1 by katechiconi on September 19, 2019 - 12:42

    Bummer…. Sorry, I can’t help with this one. Do you have enough to extend just the side bits by 4 inches, and then extend the lighter grey on the centre part, or are you absolutely, totally out? Alternatively, would a blender which looked the same from a distance work, bearing in mind it’s going to spend most of its time tucked in and therefore invisible?

    • #2 by tialys on September 19, 2019 - 12:48

      No, I’m totally out. A similar coloured blender is definitely an option. It’s becoming a real ‘work of patch’ isn’t it?

  2. #3 by Rosemary on September 19, 2019 - 12:49

    It all looks lovely – despite Murphy’s Law having a hand in your best attempts to fit the border with available fabric. Unfortunately, I do not recognise the fabric but daresay you have already checked to see if the selvedge gives any clues to manufacturer and pattern. Probably stating the obvious here too…but maybe the lady in the shop where you bought it may remember the details of where she originally got it or the brand. Good luck

    • #4 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:55

      Thanks Rosemary. There’s no information on the selvedge but I am going to pop into the shop today to see if the owner has any information. Last time I was in there I think he had some of the orange colourway still lurking on the shelves so that might give him a clue.

  3. #5 by KerryCan on September 19, 2019 - 13:10

    Oh, dear. So close, yet so far! I have no fabric stash to offer help–I know you’ll come up with a solution, though!

    • #6 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:54

      I will although, sadly, it might mean buying a bit more fabric when I was hoping not to.

  4. #7 by Laurie Graves on September 19, 2019 - 15:44

    Good luck with that border. Very brave to lay it on the ground. I have a bedspread so big and heavy that I have to drape it over my patio chairs, which I group together.

    • #8 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:53

      When I hear about people ‘in the olden days’ spreading out their laundry on the grass to let the sunlight do its work, I wonder how they managed to keep it spotless. Mine would soon be covered in who knows what. I think the same thing when I see duvets being hung over balconies and windowsills – as you often see in France – to air out. What about bird poo?

      • #9 by Laurie Graves on September 21, 2019 - 20:42

        We occasionally have a problem with bird poo, but given number of birds we have in our backyard, not as much as you might think. Our feeders are well away from where we hang laundry.

  5. #10 by claire93 on September 19, 2019 - 17:47

    looking lovely!
    I’m going to be of no help whatsoever . . . I actually have a pale blue that looks incredibly like that mottled/marbled effect on your grey. Sadly, no print on the selvedge to say what it is though.

    • #11 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:51

      I don’t think this one had any marks on the selvedge either. I’m pretty sure I used to see this everywhere online but, of course, now I’m looking for it I can’t find it.

  6. #12 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 19, 2019 - 18:48

    That’s a pain. None here I’m afraid. Doesn’t the shop owner know what it’s called or at least who made it, then you could have a rummage on ebay.
    I get LH to hold up my quilts rather than using the washing line – usually in his dressing gown.

    • #13 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:50

      My LH was not available for quilt holding duty – although this one might have been a stretch even for him.
      Going to pop in to the shop today.

      • #14 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 21, 2019 - 20:33

        You could have stood him on a box if he wasn’t tall enough 😉
        Good luck!

  7. #15 by magpiesue on September 19, 2019 - 19:53

    Sorry, I can’t help either. 😦

    • #16 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:47

      Never mind Sue, I’ll sort it out in the end.

  8. #17 by nanacathy2 on September 19, 2019 - 19:58

    No help here from me. Why not add a dark grey edging top and bottom?

    • #18 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:47

      I think some sort of similar colour will have to be found to finish off the bottom but I definitely don’t have enough grey in my stash which is surprising.

  9. #19 by thecontentedcrafter on September 19, 2019 - 21:14

    It seems you may have to go the another shade/colour/design patch route……. it gets both fraught and exciting doesn’t it. I’m looking forward to seeing your solution.

    • #20 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:46

      Yes, it’s definitely a first world problem though so I’m not going to get too stressed. 😉

  10. #21 by CurlsnSkirls on September 20, 2019 - 01:57

    Nothing grey in my stash, Lovely. Sorry… 😢 Called the local quilting store and they didn’t recognise the fabric either. Vogue had a possible coordinate batik, if you’re forced to go that direction. Happy to work with you on getting it across the pond.

    • #22 by tialys on September 20, 2019 - 09:45

      Aw! You’re so sweet to try to help out. Looks like I might have to go for a different blender but I’ll have a look in the local shop today and in some U.K. online shops first. xx

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