I made the decision to go ahead and finish the quilt without adding borders. During quilting however I started to doubt if I had made the right decision, not just about the lack of borders but also about how I had decided to quilt this quilt.
I was quite unhappy (to say the least!) with how this quilt was starting to look, and the "puffed up" stars without any quilting were certainly not adding to my love for this quilt. Having nothing to lose I threw the quilt into the washing machine, hoping that I would like it a little better when it later emerged from the tumble dryer, all crinkled and wrinkled.
And rightly so. It came out of the dryer like a crumbled up ball of fluff - so soft!- especially as I've used the yummiest and softest ever flannel fabric for the back of the quilt:
The backing fabric is from Diamond Mine in Sun from the Folksy Flannel range by Anna Maria Horner; this flannel makes me oh so happy! I am not sure if I've ever felt a softer flannel fabric, and it has washed and tumble dried beautifully.
My final doubts about this quilt were removed once the binding was on. The solid yellow binding makes for the perfect quilt edge and adds that touch of contrast it needed. This yellow binding fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Corn Yellow - it is ever so slightly darker and more saturated than the yellow fabric used for the peaks of the stars.
This one is staying with me! When I am having a nap on the couch you can be assured I will be snuggled under this one. There won't be any more fighting over who gets the quilt when we're being couch potatoes!
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