it's done finally! I only got up at 4:30 am to start sewing :) the border is a Walmart stripe fabric I fussy cut and mitered the corners. I'm much more pleased with it than the holly fabric. Now it has the whimsical look I wanted. The alternating red stripes are because I goofed and sewed the wrong side out on the 2nd piece of red. I liked the effect so I went with it. The candy canes took about 3.5 hours total to paper piece.