Well.....what a surprise I had in store for me as work continued on this little piece....still unnamed. It's usually easy for me to name designs, but so far this one eludes me.
Anyway.....I had planned to hand quilt the background but absolutely couldn't get a needle through many of the rusted areas. Finally, I gave up and took it to the machine. Well, slap me on the head.....even a jeans needle wouldn't penetrate some of these areas, making me afraid I'd ruin my machine if I forced it. I gave that up and only stitched in the ditch between the two borders.
The next problem arose when I tried to machine sew the binding on. Seriously, even using just one layer of binding material, there were areas where the needle would not pass through. NOT good! I even tried some traditional cotton fabric for the binding and that didn't work either.
The answer....was a surprise..... I was able to hand sew the binding using a very sharp/strong quilting between. Ya never know what will work.
All along I planned on using a continuous picot seed bead edging treatment along the fold of the binding. I was stunned that my first choice of beads didn't work well.....and further surprised that none of my other 3 choices worked either. Neither the colors nor the shape of the bead, framed the quilt like I imagined. What's a gal to do? I'm working on that and hope to find the answer today!