I have proven, without a doubt, when confronted with a math problem...pull out the dark chocolate. I appreciate the helpful suggestions to my dilemma. What you couldn't see was the piece of brown batik included in the kit for leaf appliques that I hadn't touched. There was just enough fabric (and I mean just enough!) to add two narrow borders. Now it looks like this was the plan all along!
This solution only required me to rip out four, three-inch seams so I could add a section to each of the checkerboard lengths. The final size is 67" square. That's five inches wider than the original design. The pattern also comes with directions for a queen-sized version. Except for the border problem, the pattern was excellent. The border lengths were not cut ahead of time...just the widths which is where I ran into my problem. I like that the instructions called for borders using the length of the fabric...I prefer it that way...less stretch to the lengthwise grain.
I am very happy with the final flimsy...this is going to fit perfectly in my Alaska home entryway!
Hubby gets back to Paris today. I am anxious to see how much of the stuff I ordered for my quilting and embroidery projects actually made it into his suitcase. He was so busy while in Alaska that we hardly spoke on the phone so I didn't get to nag/remind him to bring my stuff.
Next up is some time spent on UFOs. Top stitching fusible appliques. Yep...one of those Alaska-theme quilts. I'm going to start with grey...or is it gray...thread.
So I had to google that grey vs gray thing.
Gray with an "a" is the American spelling.
Grey with an "e" is the English spelling.
Now we all know!
And as usual...my embroidery projects are slowly progressing. I'm working on a set of ornaments to match a stocking. I have lots of little lights to add around all the ornaments.
One more thing...the French attitude. I had a few comments from my post about fabric shopping in Paris and customer service. I just wanted to say...I don't think it has much to do with my being an American when I have a snooty encounter in Paris...French waiters can be just as snooty to their French customers! I find a glass of wine helps my outlook on most every situation, dark chocolate if it is earlier in the day.