Ugh! I've picked a border that I really want to use. It's strip pieced, then the strips are cut into 1.5 strips and sewn together with staggered edges so that when the border is placed the strips are on the diagonal and you cut off the triangle edges. Kind of like doing a border of squares on-point. Going to try to mimic it below
My first problem was that I couldn't get my "scant" right for the strip sets (3 different strip sets are needed). And with it being a border, if the measurements were off I'd be royally screwed by the time I got to the first corner. Finally got that sorted after much ripping, then the 1.5" strips cut and started piecing them.
I pieced 5 of them together and I know I should have checked earlier (like the 1st 2 or 3 strips!) to make sure that they were straight ... and they're not. It's off. The bottom edge veers wider than the top edge.
Because I had such a heavy date with my seam ripper last night and again this morning, I decided I'm going to try to block these suckers into shape instead of ripping them apart.
So one side of the diagonal needed to be stretched, the other shrunk. Got it blocked on my board now with one side watered and one side starched.
I picked this border because I thought it was a perfect fit for the project, and I still do. I'm determined to make it work. It's only my second time fitting a pieced border, and my first time blocking fabric!! Fingers crossed.
If it doesn't work I've got plenty more fabric :)