After I did the inner border, even though it was pulled off some, I decided to do the grid quilting. Now instead of straight stitches, I decided to experiment with a serpentine stitch. I wanted soft curves to accentuate the florals of my patches. That didn't go too bad, but I definitely wound up with that extra fullness towards the one end because of my first stitching incident.
Now my center was stitched and my poor borders just waved at me! Oh my! What could I do to tame them?! I decide to do more decorative stitches. A row close to the inner border and a row close to the outside edge of the border. After I finished stitching, I actually hoped very much that this table runner would shrink when I washed it so that it would pucker up and take up some slack. Guess what! IT WORKED!
All in all it came out half decent despite my issues. I am happy with it and it brightens up my room and makes me happy!
The moral of this story is never give up! Maybe things really do quilt out! :-)
Table runner on my table.
My grid quilting.