Can you see here there is like an inch without it. Which wouldn't be a problem, I would hide it with a leaf. But I have one other block of 4 birds with no rick rack at all. I'm less than a 1/2 yard short. And normally it would be no big deal, I'd go out and buy matching rick rack. But I am having trouble finding the color. Its a rusty brown. Its a great color and I had gobs of it but over time I've used it all and who knows when I bought it or where. I have called quilt stores in my area and even thought I found some. My great husband went on his lunch hour to Thimbles and Thread in Draper to pick some up and when he got home we were both sad to see it's just too dark.
You can see here its more than one shade off. Its so brown its almost black. The rick rack on the quilt is more of a light milk chocolate with some red thrown in. I have been searching the internet without finding an exact match yet . I think its 3/8" or something close to that. Rick rack is hard to measure width (at least for me) but its less than 1/2". I'd even take some off size if I could locate the color. I'm thinking of expirimenting with bleach? No? I haven't given up yet. I'm going to continue the search. I have ordered bits from several sites and its hard to know if they will match yet or not. So far nothing has looked 100%.
In the mean time you can see my borders I decided upon. This is final. No one try to talk me out of it. I liked what Pam said about changing up my original idea and going with something geometric. The inner border is this tiny lattice geometric from a new line by Deb Strain. The outer border is perfect. I gave up trying to match birds because I just couldn't settle on anything and discovered this blue fabric with leaves that I fell in love with. It has the greatest "feel" to it and it makes the birds pop. I am really happy with it. You'll have to guess where I got it. Hint: Its not vintage and its an import. The leaves have a modern/retro appeal all at the same time. I wasn't going to show the border until I had the quilt put together and ready to take to my quilter, Wren. But now I'm in a tizzy about this rick rack so it puts things back a bit. Such problems! I should be so lucky that this is my worst one!