Getting started on the final piecing for the border this weekend was a challenge. I was getting all wrapped up in making sure the values were the same on all my fabrics and I couldn't get my head wrapped around it. It was very strange. I kept plugging away at it and finally on Sunday I think I got to the point where I said "screw it" and after that every went along just fine! The last 3 blocks took no time at all and I was done... whew...
Here is the border completely pieced at last.
All in all I think it worked pretty well. As I embroider all the seams I will be able to blend the fabrics into a more cohesive background... really looking forward to working those seams!
These border blocks are smaller than my original plan so I'm going to have to adjust the type of embroidery I do when I get to that stage. Here's the original plan in case you have forgotten... from two months ago... sheesh!
In this earlier version the border blocks were 12" (~30cm) wide which left lots of room for additional embroidery. The border as it stands now has 8" (~20cm) blocks so the corresponding area for embroidery embellishment is smaller. I'm still going to do embroidery, though, since that is a big part of the quilt concept of a Midsummer Night's Dream. However, since I have LOTS of seam treatments to embroider first, I'll think about that somewhere down the road!