The quilt top's border is a white and black damask, which Laurie uses in her decorating. I had the hardest time finding one that I liked. I looked at many area quilt shops and fabric stores with no luck. When I went to Pacific International Quilt Festival last October, I found a couple of possibilities. In one booth I found two identical one-yard pieces early in the day, but needed to do more looking. I went back to the booth near the end of the day but there was only one piece left, not enough to do the border. I wrote down the information from the selvage, but couldn't find more fabric...not by an exhaustive search online or by calling the booth vendor, a quilt shop in Palm Springs. Frustrating! As for the other quilt show possibility, I figured I could get that fabric easily at a lower price, and I liked the other better anyway.
Still in pursuit of damask, I had eBay emailing me everyday with new listings of white and black damask. About once a week I would search my favorite online fabric sites. This was a real obsession with me for a while. Then last November I found white and black damask at Joann Fabrics website. I drove to my town's Joann's, but didn't find it. I drove to Joann's in Stockton, about an hour away, and bought the last yard they had. The next day I drove an hour in the other direction to Joann's in Merced, where I found plenty, and I bought another couple of yards. After months of searching, I found it in my own backyard.
There's some light pink border on the back of the quilt. I used that when I knew I didn't have enough Lucy fabric. It looks good. The binding is black with tiny white dots. It reminds me of a dress that Lucy wore on the show--Laurie knows which one--so it relates to the back of the quilt.
The quilt design is simple. The red squares are 5" finished, turned on point. I wanted a scrappy look, but overall red, for the center of the quilt. I did a sort of Quilt-As-You-Go, in long diagonal strips, two or three rows wide. The machine quilting is wide wavy lines, which I call Roller Coaster Quilting, because of the shape. I'm a beginning machine quilter, and it's what I can handle for now.
Enjoy your quilt, Laurie!