I HATE it!!
I ripped the length of the fabric and it turned out to be a great big horrible repeat pattern. I had assumed that it would be all over – but of COURSE if it isn’t a dot or an allover pattern it WILL be a repeat – DUH!! I knew that!
So…. what to do??
I am still thinking:
1) I could use the purple/black dot I was going to use for the backing. It’s in the quilt – the octagon third row from the bottom – fourth from the right.
2) I could piece 40 octagons in the border fabric – with red batik centers and use that as a border – with another narrow black outer border to finish it off. But.. what do I do with the corners?
What could solve the corner problem is to remove the black border and sew the border fabric octagons directly to the quilt. That would mean that I would have to remove all of the trimmed orange batik squares and replace the with whole red ones.
3 I could cut the fabric up into strips and sew them together – that would jumble up the pattern.
4) I could make a pieced border – something with squares and or triangles.
5) I could order another fabric. There are lots of all over patterns in the blocks I could use.
6) I could cut it from selvage to selvage – but I HATE joins in the border – always looks like you didn’t have enough fabric. So I am not going to do that.
7) I could do a piano keys with all the fabrics – but I did that on my batik hexagons – not that there is any quilt law against having two quilts with the same borders.
I think I am going to make up a few octagons with red batik centers and put them up on the wall to see how that goes.
I am – as always – open to suggestions.