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Thread: Thin inner border

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    Thin inner border

    I,m finallly ready to put on my Delectable Mountain border. Should I put on a thin inner border first. If so what color. This quilt is assorted purples & whites, Hunter's Star.
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    Hopefully link to quilt.
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    I like to use a thin inner border. Color choice would depend on what the outer border will be.

    However - you have a large quilt there - I'm not sure how much a thin border would impact the whole image. How thin? How many borders?
    Last edited by JanTx; 05-19-2012 at 07:34 PM.
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    I would do a dark purple inner border cut 1 1/2 inch wide. Them a pattern outer border. Lovely quilt. No mater what you decide it will be a stunning.
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    That is such a pretty combination of fabrics and beautiful pattern.

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    Narrow inner borders are primarily used to achieve one of two goals: (1) to create a 'dead stop' between the center pattern and an outer border, and (2) to adjust the measurements of the center section so that a pieced outer border (like your Delectable Mountains) fits accurately (a coping border). In your case, it is the pattern repeat of the outer border that should determine whether an inner border should be added, and, if needed, how wide it should be.

    With your Delectable Mountains, does the spacing of that pattern match up with the measurements of the center without an inner border? If not, how much larger does it need to be for an even repeat of the mountains? Half that measurement will be the width of the inner border. If it does match up without an added border, you'll have to decide if you want to increase it by a full repeat of the width of the mountains. In that case, the inner border would be half the width of the mountain repeat. Hope that makes sense.

    I would certainly not add a narrow inner border just because you think you're "supposed to" for some reason...especially if it messes up your spacing in the outer one.
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    Thank you for your suggestions. Just tried a thin purple border & Delectable Mountain blocks, way too much ie. busy. I've now decided on purple & white 9 patch corner stones with two purple & a white strip border. The quilt needs to be wider or should I just add another row of Hunter Star blocks. In that case I would not do any borders. Of course that means I'd need to buy a few more purple fabrics.grin.
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    Beautiful quilt no matter what you do with it. Makes me want to make a Hunter's Star.
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    Excellent decision about the mountains! How about the two purple and a white strip border with each strip in the same width as the star points, but mitering the corners instead of the nine-patch cornerstones. The miters would mirror the onpoint star blocks and the strip width would repeat their size. It would be both a visual continuation and a frame at the same time and should make it the size you want.

    My worry about the nine-patch corners is that there is nothing at all square within the large center of your quilt and they would look quite out of place making their first appearance way off in the outer corners.

    Adding just another row of stars and no borders is a good option as well. That center can easily stand on its own with just a purple binding.
    Last edited by ghostrider; 05-20-2012 at 01:54 PM.
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    I usually like a thin border to separate and frame the central panel from the outer border. But that's just me. BTW, you did a lovely job on the quilt. Be sure to show us the finished product. Can't wait to see it with the border or borders. Whatever you decided I'm sure it will be spectacular.

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