I think Arlene made this for a friend. The black borders are velvet. This was quilted with a freehand leaf pattern in the two portions with blocks, stitch in the ditch around the velvet borders and a computerized leaf pattern in the very outer border. This was last summer, and I think this was my first time fitting a design to a border. I just returned from MQX in Providence and attended some AWESOME classes on the Pro-Stitcher and the Art and Stitch program. I can't wait to put all that education to use!