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Thread: it needs something....suggestions?

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    it needs something....suggestions?

    I've made a quilt for a friend, and it needs....something.

    I'm thinking it needs an interesting border. Maybe just on the left and right side for added interest.

    Ideas? Thoughts? links to ideas would be even better! I'm very new to quilting, so spelling it out would be great.

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    You have highlighted the beautiful batiks well with black, now how about repeating some of the batik around the outside in a border? If you don't have enough of one of the fabrics for a border, you could do a pieced border, like piano keys or just square blocks. Sometimes the border really "makes" the quilt.

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    How are you planning on quilting it ? it looks good to me - love the way the black frames the batiks, I would worry about too much on the edge pulling the eyes away from the inside- does that make sense ?
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    I would make a scrappy binding using all the fabrics that you used in the quilt except the black. I did a quilt similiar with different rectangles and used white as sashing and borders. I then used the fabrics and pieced them together for my binding and I felt that it really finished the quilt nicely.
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    Just playing around. Love to do applique but I really love your quilt as it is.
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    Love both the applique and the scrappy border/binding ideas. Lovely fabrics btw.

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    I'd like a scrappy border with that, re-using the batiks. As long as the border pieces are smaller than the 'main' then I don't think it would compete and detract, I think it would enhance.

    And what you've done so far is lovely
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    I think that a piano keys border with the batiks would look just great. Any way to get some of that colored out to the outside would help bring the black kind of into the quilt rather than being the "outside". Looks great though.
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    I think just a scrappy binding and quilt the black with a varigated thread in the same colours as the batiks. Very pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    You have highlighted the beautiful batiks well with black, now how about repeating some of the batik around the outside in a border? If you don't have enough of one of the fabrics for a border, you could do a pieced border, like piano keys or just square blocks. Sometimes the border really "makes" the quilt.
    I agree!!!!!!!
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