This quilt began with a box of twelve orphan basket blocks, the rejects after my friend L completed her own quilt made from a kit of Barbara Brackman's Baltimore Blues. My friend is a perfectionist and these blocks failed to pass muster for several reasons, basket points too close to the edge, a variety of finished sizes, not square, etc. By themselves they looked pretty bland to my eyes, but the first thing on the agenda was to border them and then trim them all to the same size. But the overarching goal was to preserve as many of the basket points as possible in the process. Believe me when I say there are a LOT of 1/8" seams in this quilt!
So, after a couple days, we had this. Still a bit bland but getting better, thanks to enough scraps of that delightful blue floral to fussy cut cornerstones for the sashing.
Last week while sorting through some bins of donated fabrics for our quilt ministry I found what to my eyes would be a perfect border to add more fun to this top. Lucky for me there was one 18 inch wide strip about 76 inches long. Enough for the side borders. It just happened to be a drapery fabric from 1986 according to the selvedge, a bit heavier than quilting cotton, but perfectly serviceable.