Been wondering how to quilt this outer border. I wanted to showcase the big red roses, so I outlined them thinking that I'd do some tight background stippling. I quickly learned that fabric this big and bold can't be given the "usual" treatment.
It finally dawned on me that the stippling provided no contrast - it was curves on curves. The title to Kaffe Fassett's latest book (Simple Shapes, Stunning Quilts) provided a clue. I needed a simple geometric background design, so I echoed the 1" inner borders, with 1" lines "behind" the roses. I hope you can see the pattern in this picture. My white chalk line shows up great! The quilt pattern will show up better when the quilt is (finally) quilted, bound, washed and dried. I'm eager to finish this project and start something new!