Sometime between then and now I purchased a Halloween print, probably online, probably on sale. Turns out it would be perfect for borders for this top... except there wasn't enough to go all the way around (because it never occurs to me to buy big pieces for borders or backs; I'd rather have lots of small pieces for the same amount of money!). I put a flat piping on top of the orange and black stripe to ease the transition, then added the Halloween print to the left and right sides of the top.
Next I pieced some flying geese units, thinking I would make blocks to use in the corners where the borders would eventually come together.
The problem was that when I auditioned the blocks against the top they were both too big and too busy.