This quilt started out as a baby quilt, but my daughter and I liked it so much I decided to make it bigger and keep it. I talk about it in the AZ retreat post.
I wanted to add a border but could decide on one that worked well with the center. It is such a dramatic design, I wanted something that set it off. I tried a solid black to match the sashing, but that looked strange, like it was floating. Then I did this pieced border. In my head it looked great, but in person? Yuck, it didn't add anything at all and even seemed distracting. And so I ripped it off. I think I'll just stay with the narrow black, though it will make quilting a bit harder. I'll have to be especially careful to keep it square on the quilting frame or it will get trimmed off when I square up.
This quilt I also tried a solid border - again not good. It just didn't add much.
So I tried a pieced border again. This time I think it works. The quilt itself feels scrappy and the border goes well with that. I used some of the miles of piano key scraps I make from the fussy cut trimming.
A little more about this pattern. It is from a video by Jenny Doan at Missouri quilt company, called Exploding Block due to the way it is constructed. I like the pattern though decided I didn't like the bias on the outside edges created in her construction method. So I just cut the triangles with the grain going the normal direction. I started with my precut 4.5" squares as the center, so all I had to cut was the white and then the corners. I even used up some large precuts from previous novelty swaps. The best thing about this pattern is you chop the points off, on purpose. Yippee. Here is a close up of the blocks on my design wall before they are sewn together. Fun block to sew, scrappy result. I'll be doing this one again.