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Thread: Help with a border?

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    Senior Member momto4's Avatar
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    I have my quilt done and was going to put the border on today and realized I dont have enough fabric to go up either side so it is going to have to be a pieced border of some sort. Do you have any suggestions? I have included both the quilt and the 3 fabrics that I have. If you have links to patterns or pictures that would help me that would be great!!! (The quilt inspector is my dog Copper...but he was out of ideas too!;))
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    Wonderful quilt...awesome quilt inspector (coincidentally named copper lol).

    I think a pieced border of all the fabrics you have shown in your last quilt would look great.

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    Nice quilt! Love the scrappy feel and the opposites :)

    Are these fabrics that are in your top? I'm not sure I'm seeing that green in there.

    What about putting a band of the green up one side and top, the red on the other side and bottom ... a little like an 'attic window' border. I'd use the more solid colours so they 'frame' the top. The pattern might blend in too much?

    I'd make the bands the same width as the strips you've used in your blocks (so the band would finish 1/4 as wide as the block).

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    The green isnt it there. It was supposed to be my backing, but I ordered the wrong amount so it is much too small. I may have to save it for another project. :(

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    I found all the left over pieces but none are huge some are only 2 inches wide. I am not sure what the heck the best pieced border would be. I have been searching forever just nothing finding anything :( do you think if i bought another fabric and went down the sides like 2in border of solid color and then did a row of like 2x6 fabrics and then another row of 2in solid that would be too much or just right?

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    Solid, scrappy, solid with a solid or scrappy binding.

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    Another thought would be to do a solid border and then use the red and blue fabric that you showed us for the scrappy border, like you described, only 3" X 6" or 4" X 6" depending on the size of your quilt. :D

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    What about a Seminole pieced border? There are lots of ways to do it, but here are a few samples. http://quiltersniche.typepad.com/scr...patchwork.html
    It might be a nice contrast to your rectangles, but still retain the geometric look.

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    Or it could be pieced with a 3" X 6" of the red and then a 2" X 3" strip of your scraps from your quilt and then a 3" X 6" strip of the blue fabric...keep alternating....
    then you can lay the border strips around the quilt to find a way that looks pleasing to you, where the pieces will meet in the corners, and then trim the borders to length.

    If you are going to piece the borders, a suggestion is to make the pieced sections not the same lengths as your blocks. That way it keeps with the scrappy look, and you will not have all of those intersections to match :wink:

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    What would look cool and "on purpose" on this quilt would be to use one of the solids as a corner stone and then one square past the corner so that the color goes around the corner but just do that on two opposite corners and then use the print for the rest of the border.

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