I love the black and white checked fabric in the first border. It adds a bit of feisty-ness to the quilt. However, I quickly discovered that I was not going to enjoy quilting it. The lines don't run true enough to use them as a guide for any major straight-line pattern, and I couldn't see any way to mark the fabric. Whether I used white or black, part of the markings would always to fade into the fabric.
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Aha! Free-motion hand-quilting. If I can do free motion quilting on a sewing machine, why couldn't I do it by hand? And so, the checked border is filled with free motion flowers and vines.
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Alas, I've discovered that as much as I like hand-quilting blocks, I'm not at all fond of hand-quilting borders. They go on FOREVER. With a block, I get that sense of satisfaction of having another one done. Borders take so long that by the time I've finished a side, the thrill is definitely gone.
I've got two more borders to do on this quilt after I finish the checked border, and I'm seriously considering doing them on the machine. How bad is that? Would that be considered mixed media?