This quilt was started with no real intention or preparation. I just wanted to use the rest of a charm pack I had laying on my studio table. So, I went to my stash, grabbing some white-on-white cotton fabric, cut it into 5” squares, and started piecing the fabric and charm pack together in a simple random pattern.
Looking good….yes it was! Add rick rack, of course! Oh wait, it’s not big enough for anything other than a table topper….I’ll add a border and make it into a lap quilt!
A white border would really set off the pretty colors in the center and the bright red rick rack. I grabbed the remaining white-on-white fabric….ahhh, what happened? I had a small piece remaining, that’s all. No….not nearly enough!
Back to the stash hoping to find more hiding out. No such luck, now what? Dig some more and discover a pretty white eyelet fabric. I have never used eyelet for a quilt, but why not?
I decide to “Make Do”! Here’s how I did it.
Cut the border strips from the white eyelet fabric.
To keep the batting from poking through the holes in the eyelet fabric; cut lining strips from lightweight cotton such as white batiste, the same size as the border strips.
Baste the right sides of the lining strips to the wrong sides of the eyelet border strips.
Next, stitch the border units to the outside edges of the quilt’s center.
Quilt the quilt in the same manner as normal.
“Making do” added an extra design element to the quilt, saved money, and looks pretty!