I am currently adapting your wonderful floral 10″ border (from Reflections of Baltimore) to use with four 16 inch blocks designed by Gabrielle Swain. My question is this: Do I applique the borders BEFORE attaching them to the blocks, or AFTER I applique?
If doing the applique first, how do I ensure the borders will not stretch and become distorted?
Thank you for any input.
Anyway, at the time I stitched that border, I had the same concerns you have voiced and so I appliqued the border after it was attached to the quilt center. If I remember correctly, it was cumbersome, but not impossible to
These days I applique my borders separately and add them at the end. When I plan applique borders I purposefully plan the border so that in the place where I join the border pieces, I can stretch or reduce the fit if needed, i.e., a stem that can be lengthened or shortened to adjust the fit, or place a flower, or other large piece, over the joining seam.
I have not looked at the Reflections border pattern in a long time, but I believe the design changes often enough that you should be able to adapt it as I described.
Good luck! I would like to see your finished work!