When I finished piecing this top I wasn't sure it needed a border, but now I KNOW it did. It was so wild and uncontrolled before and the border corralled it. You can go back here and see it without a border.
I need to have a Trip Around the World in progress to demo for my class that starts on Friday at the quilt shop in town. The fabrics at the right are a taupe brown even though they look gray in the photo. I have a Saturday class in February if anyone nearby (Sandwich, IL) is interested.
When I help my students choose their fabric, we always lay it out with dark on the ends, and then move half the group to the left to see it light on the ends. I teach it as a colorwash so we like a smooth transition from one fabric to the next. The fabric on top (it really is brown) is probably going to be a border.