Stash Report

Making decisions is so hard for me…Maybe you can help.

My Scrappy Mountain Majesties quilt has been on hold.  It needs some type of border but I got stuck.  The quilt is made out of shirts so it’s hard to find fabric to coordinate.  For awhile I thought I would just add a solid colored border.  Then when I was thrifting this week I found two chunks of fabric.  One was $2 and the other $1.50.  There are about three yards in each chunk so I snapped them up thinking one of them just might become the border for this quilt.

So..what do you think?  The red?  The blue?  The blue with a little solid red border in between?  Any suggestions or ideas, please share them.

Here’s the official numbers.

Used this Week:   0 yards
Used year to Date:   93  yards

Added this Week:   6 yards-
Added Year to Date:    106 yards (37 from Moda)

Net Used for 2012:  -13 Yards of store bought fabric…19 yards of recycled fabric…

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40 thoughts on “Stash Report”

  1. I have to agree with the other ladies…red narrow first border and the blue as the final border. I have started thrifting for shirts for quilts. Just love the ones that you have made.

  2. I think a deep red or even a deep navy blue would be great as a stop border followed by the blue fabric. It seems to me to be in keeping with the rest of the colors in the quilt. You could also use a deep gold or yellow for a stop if you really wanted to give a different look all together. It is a gorgeous quilt- I will look forward to seeing what you decide.. Happy quilting..

  3. I like the red. There is a lot of blue in the quilt top and I think the red would be more of a contrast to make the quilt pop. Then maybe bind it in the blue. Just my thoughts. It will be beautiful either way.

  4. Bobbie BentNeedle

    My vote would be a dark red ‘stopper’ and the red plaid. Like Jess said, there’s a lot of blue in the top, (and a little in the red plaid) so I think the red plaid would make the red in the top “pop” – either way, it is gorgeous!

  5. I like the idea of a small red inner border and then the red plaid as the final border. The blue is a pretty piece of fabric too maybe for the back. Gorgeous quilt looks like fall……clear blue skies and red tinged leaves.

  6. I can see the red setting off the whole design well so if there is enough fabric, I can see the red being the border all the way around then maybe just use the blue as your binding.

    Good luck!

  7. Since you asked, I would add a narrow light shirting (scrappy would be good) border to frame in the dark mountains and then add a wider border of red and bind it with the blue. I like the scale of the red as a lot of your blocks have large plaids.

    Tough decision, it will look great whatever you decide, your quilts always do!

  8. I suppose I’m in the minority, but have to weigh in with my vote for the red! I think it brings out the colors in the quilt better, but it will look wonderful either way! :)

  9. I love the quilt and think there are several ways you could finish it.
    1. stop here & bind with the red check
    2. do a narrow border in navy or cheddar yellow then the red
    3. narrow border in red then the blue
    4. pieced border – depends on what you are going to do with the quilt
    Many options but ultimately up to you. I know it may seem funny but if I am not sure what to do, I leave the quilt in my view for a while & it eventually tells me what it wants. I never listen when it says hand pieced mariners compass’ though!! LOL
    Good luck & look forward to seeing what you choose.
    London, UK

  10. Elizabeth McDonald

    Gee, you really scored on both of those fabrics! I never seem to find any at our local thrift stores. I love the idea of the blue plaid, with a thin border of solid red! Nita’s idea (above) of using the solid red for the binding also sounds pretty! I do find and collect plaid shirts at thrift stores, when I can find them….

  11. I love them both! I think I would put a red flange as a separater and then the blue as a border. That is a beautiful quilt!

  12. What goes better with old shirts than jeans? I would make a border out of old denim and then use the
    red for the binding. As always your quilt is beautiful!

  13. Hi Jo, I think the red would work best for the border as there is lots of blue in the quilt already, and if you used it there would be too much. It would make a good binding though.

  14. My heart skipped a beat when I saw your quilt top, it looks so much like one I made. I was asked to make a quilt (ended up making two quilts) from the shirts which belonged to this women’s son. He had cancer and passed away at 21. She chose the exact pattern you’ve done and the quilt ended up looking very much like yours. It was one of the most rewarding quilt projects I’ve been involved in. I didn’t add a border on one and you can see it here: and I added two borders to the other one which you can see here:

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