I forgot to mention in my last post that a gilaf is a book bag - designed to hold a copy of the Koran - so an important, protective item.
The centre of my Kantha gilaf needed blocking to return it to something like the square it was meant to be. The doctor's flannel was fairly pliable and I was able to measure and tack a reasonably straight border.
The inner border is filled with whipped running stitch. I used an ecru coloured silk for both the rows of running stitch and the whipping.
The outer border is a series of 'trees and huts', worked in the two colour ways. I decided to use some more of the Gloriana variegation I had introduced into one section of the centre to help me transition from one colour way to another. It drew the eye in the centre piece and I thought, rather than undoing it, using it in the trees might be more harmonious. I think it worked.
One side of the border ended up (unintentionally) with four trees while the others have five. The pattern, however, blends quite well so I'm sticking with it. I love the way the trees extend the central pattern. It reminds me of Australian Aboriginal dot paintings.