Here we are with the border on. Getting the border on has lifted a huge amount of pressure off me...because I love it just the way it is!! So there won't be any pieced border, black or coloured , and the embroidery I had planned is also going to be scaled way back. There will be a little bit in the corners, but not much. I think the blocks need to speak for themselves.
This is also means I can spend more time on finishing up the blocks in the middle. In some places it is just a matter of one or two stitches to take a seam over the join in the blocks. It is a little difficult trying to match the right Sassa Lynne thread, but in most cases, close enough is good enough. You can see my little post it notes everywhere telling me what to do.I am so freaking inspired by seeing this coming together as a quilt.....I am already planning next years. The idea has changed several times (today), but so far, it will involve cream(ish) piecing (curved - ah la Allie), lots of texture added with tatting, and embellishment in autumn shades.
Edited: Elizabeth's comment hit the nail on the head. The quilt is getting easier on the eye. The border now gives a difinitive boundery that tells the eye to "stop". While the centre is busy, busy, busy, your brains knows it won't go on forever. I am going to stitch away finishing up the centre, then I will decide if I will do anything more than bind.
edited again: this was taken outside today. The colours are far better. The border will be blacker once the quilted is batted (flannel sheet) and backed.