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Thread: I'd appreciate some advice!

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    Junior Member Jory's Avatar
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    I have inherited several hand-pieced quilt tops from my Great-Grandmother. One of them is the "Grandmother's Flower Garden" pattern.

    The question is, what kind of "setting" would you use for the quilt? My GGM finished the edges with half-hexagons, so the quilt has straight sides. Would you add borders to it, as a kind of frame?

    One thing I thought about was using a border of the backing material and then bind it with something else: maybe a solid color from the backing material.

    Any suggestions?

    Jory

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    I have seen these bordered or just bound, both are beautiful. Which way speaks to you the most? :D:D:D

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    I'm such a newbie that I am tone deaf! lol

    She didn't separate the flowers with white backgrounds, as many do. Most of the triangular sections between the flowers are print fabrics, usually yellows and light orange.

    The old fabrics are so neat! And she even hand-pieced the piecings!

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    Would love to see pictures.

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    If it's large enough to use as is, I'd just bind it in a solid color picked up from a color in the quilt. I think that would look more authentic to the era of the quilt.

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    That's a good idea. The backing I've chosen -- while not a vintage fabric -- as small purple violets mixed with small yellow flowers. Nothing loud or crazy!

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    Usually they don't have borders but if want it bigger add a solid from color from quilt its yours I had a lady bring me antique ALL hand pieced thought would be easier to do straight edges and CUT them I wanted to cry but was hers.

    see her CUT edges
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    I couldn't believe that GGM had actually pieced fabric together to make some of the hexagons. She was using every scrap of fabric, and when she ran out of a fabric, she substituted another piece of fabric in the same color group.

    And her stitches are as even and small as any machine sewing could be! Skipped 2 generations, but I guess I got the gene.

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    Pics Please??

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    Sure, I'll post some later (going out to dinner now).
    Jory

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