Borders and Bindings

This month’s Island Batik challenge is to make a quilt with interesting borders and / or bindings. If you have been following my Island Batik journey from the beginning, February 2017, you may remember my reaction when I pulled the Dotalicious Fire Island Batik strips with yellow and purple coordinating fabrics out…I knew right away I wanted to make my Mango Mix pattern.  I was hoping it would work for one of the challenges.  This is it! Here is a photo of the fabric I was given in my first Island Batik box and my original Mango Mix pattern….


I have the seniors who quilted with me in Holliston, MA to thank for this design.  They challenged me to design a quilt that used all 40 strips from a pre-cut strip set. Challenge accepted, and I was determined to effectively and efficiently use all 40 strips. I did it! What was so exciting about this pattern is there is very little matching. The secret to success with this pattern is bold contrasting borders.

Here’s the first step…Stitch 10 sets of four fabrics together.



Make the blocks and lay them out…


Now the interesting thing about this pattern is that the borders are easy and effective.  The first border has six triangles stitched in.

The second border has 4 1/2″ sections left over from cutting the blocks from each strip set. Sometimes I add a flange around these sections before creating the border strips.

Here’s what it looked like before quilting.

Here’s the after quilting photo…

If I had just a bit more fabric, I would have added an eyelash binding.  It would have had a small strip of yellow peeking out between the purple border fabric and the purple binding. Sometimes there is enough going on in your quilt and a simple, plain binding looks best.

After Making the Mango Mix pattern several times, I decided to reinvent it.  Although I have always liked it, I felt that it needed to be wider to look better on beds. I widened the inner border to 8″ and the out border to 10 “. I call the new pattern, “Mango Re-Mix”. It is available HERE.

Here’s photo of a Mango Re-Mix quilt done with some green batiks I had in my stash.




This pattern is fast and fun and makes a beginner quilter look more advanced. There are so many ways to quilt this quilt. I’ve seen pantographs, all over designs, and intricate lines and feathers.  This green one has three fish hooks with worms, 5 fish, and lots of curves quilted in.  I hope you have fun stitching a Mango Mix or Mango Re-Mix sometime soon!

Don’t forget to read about all the other Island Batik Ambassadors adventures with borders and bindings this month.  Here’s the list below:

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Linda Ramrath

About inspiredlayerslinda

I was an Island Batik Ambassador for 2017. I enjoyed the challenge of designing new quilt patterns with this very special batik fabric collections. I teach free motion quilting via my Youtube videos and Doodle of the Month program which anyone can sign up for by sending me an email requesting to be added to the list. I enjoy transforming fabric into unique quilts, t-shirts into memory quilts, and photos to wall art. I joined Toastmasters to find my voice and learn to share my quilts and stories with others.
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