I had the whole miniature basket quilt marked several days ago with the exception of those two 1/2" borders. I just didn't have any ideas so went to the internet and typed in border quilt designs in Google then looked at photo after photo of quilted borders. Every time I saw something interesting I tried to sketch out a variation that might work on my tiny borders. Of course when I am thinking of a 1/2" border I know the design will have to be pretty simple. After all how much stitching can I do in only 1/2"?
I have this June Tailor grid ruler and used it as a quick way to mark 1/2" lines on my paper to sketch my border ideas. So far I have not used it to mark a quilt but now I can say I have used it at least once. Someday I will mark a quilting grid on a quilt with it hopefully or I can just use it to mark parallel lines quickly!
I marked the oval border in equal divisions and made sure that my loops would connect up correctly where they meet. I did draw each of the small circles and a few of the other connecting lines to give me something to aim for and to help keep the designs the same size.