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Thread: GFG dilemma

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    GFG dilemma

    Okay, even though it has taken me years to get to this point, even though my whites don't all match, even though I didn't use a single color for the center of each of the flowers and even though I only surrounded the center hexagon with a single row of additional hexagons instead of the traditional 2 rows, I'm OVER it!!! But, I like to finish what I start. I did surround the quilt with one row of white hexis but am left with the typical jagged edge so my question is this:

    Is there any way of adding borders without filling in the jagged edges without adding 1/2 hexis?????

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    Is there any way of adding borders without filling in the jagged edges without adding 1/2 hexis?????

    Can you add another row of hexes to be the jagged boarder?Here is an example: http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2010/05/tutorial-finishing-you-hexie-quilts.html


    Or you can lay a straight boarder of any width, say a 6" boarder, and applique the jagged hexe edge to it using a hand stitch, invisible thread, or a blanket stitch. Here is an example:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/141793088238682829/

    It would help if I saw a picture of your quilt.......
    Last edited by Jane Quilter; 04-16-2017 at 05:14 PM.

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    You can fold under the 1/4 inch seam allowances along the edge and applique it to a border strip. If folding under doesn't appeal, you can use a light weight fabric or interfacing and stitch along the edges on top and then turn the fabric or interfacing to the back. You can then applique it to a border strip.

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    You can simply cut the edges straight, which leaves alternating half hexes, then attach border as usual
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    I bet it's lovely. I would think appliqued onto the border strip would be the easiest way to finish it off square. Unless you even up the pattern with more hexi's then "birth" the top to the back leaving a no binding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jane Quilter View Post
    Is there any way of adding borders without filling in the jagged edges without adding 1/2 hexis?????

    Can you add another row of hexes to be the jagged boarder?Here is an example: http://badskirt.blogspot.com/2010/05/tutorial-finishing-you-hexie-quilts.html


    Or you can lay a straight boarder of any width, say a 6" boarder, and applique the jagged hexe edge to it using a hand stitch, invisible thread, or a blanket stitch. Here is an example:
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/141793088238682829/

    It would help if I saw a picture of your quilt.......
    I have done both of these ways to border GFG quilts. I prefer appliqueing to a straight strip, then appliqueing flowers to the border. I like keeping the hexies "whole" rather than lopping them in half. The first example shown by Jane Quilter was the most difficult for me for some reason. Also, there is no rule that says you have to use one color for the center of the flowers, or using one row of hexies around center rather than two. And if you have made the quilt "scrappy" different whites should be fine also. Would love to see your quilt top!

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    I also like to do a gentle swag on the border, which I did not do on the quilt in my avatar.

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    You can make a facing of hexagons the same size as the outside of the quilt and have neat but jagged edges.

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    Thank you all for your thoughtful and welcomed responses. Think I will go with a straight border and applique the quilt to it. Fortunately I love handwork!

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    I placed a border on the inside half of the hexies, sewed iron, then cut the hexies straight. I left the paper in until I was done. I also pressed the flowers, paper and all,before sewing together by hand. Not finished yet will post photo when done.

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