Above is the finished star block (it measures 18 inches square) to which I added another narrow border in the background fabric to make it sit nicely as a central panel for a medallion quilt. Below is the finished central panel.
It was at this point I started playing with ideas and sketches as to what sort of border I should add next. I was hoping to have enough of the lilac 'feathers' fabric from the star to make into flying geese for the next border, which is why I had coloured them purple.
However, when it came to cutting and piecing the flying geese blocks, I found I didn't have enough of that fabric to use. Instead I picked out the green which featured as little squares in the original block. I was very happy with how this border looked and was inspired to add some more borders to grow the quilt.
I decided that I needed an accent colour to make the whole thing 'pop' a little, so I added a narrow border in bright teal/blue. It measures just half and inch in width but, I really like how it lifts the whole quilt. Next I added another one inch background fabric border at which point the quilt measured 27 inches square.
I already knew that I wanted to add a wider border for the next addition but, I wasn't sure what type of block to use and I didn't want to just add a plain border. After sketching a few more ideas I decided that I liked the idea of using diamond shapes in the border to reflect the shapes from the original block. So, I set about piecing 40 squares set on point using scraps of each of the fabrics from the centre panel, I then pieced them into a border and added it. The piecing was fiddly but, I really love the result.
At this stage, I would have really liked to have added another narrow teal/blue border but, I didn't have enough fabric, so I have added a darker green, spotty fabric. The quilt so far measures 35 inches square and is getting to a nice size. I have one more border that I want to add before I will say the piecing is finished but I need to play with a few ideas, so you'll have to wait a bit longer to see that!
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