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    I made my niece a turquiose and blue yellow brick road quilt, for her new big girl room. Well the color is bright purple not turquise like i thought they were painting it..good thing is her parents room is the turquiose that matches the quilt..so guess who has the oversized lap quilt now(roughly 50/60 now that cut down).Yep my db and sil..well i need to make it about twice the size because sil want's to put in on her bed as a the main piece in their room- and it's a king bed. (honored but aphrenseive)
    Can I just add several layers of boarders to the yellow brick road part that is already made? would it look tacky?
    I tried to find more of the fabric but without having the actual names of the fabric's I can't seem to find any more fat quarter bundles that are the same ( purchased year ago at Joann's clearance section), if so I'd just make more "squares" to add to it until large enough.
    So any suggestions would be appreciated. Would it help if I added pictures? already took the piece apart-thankfully I only tied it cause it was for a kid- but will now have it quilted once finished for their bed. Thinking I will need to add at the least 2 feet all around..thinking a small solid boarder first then maybe a medium print boarder than a larger plain boarder...HELP

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    Photos would help:) but it sounds like you are on the right track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki W
    Photos would help:) but it sounds like you are on the right track.
    Well once I can dig it out I will take pictures..been struggling for a few weeks and got frustrated and threw it in the closet..then I remembered all the great help this board gives..guess I should of started here first... :idea:

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    Sounds like it will work. If you need to add a lot of width, maybe a plain border first, then something pieced or appliqued, then another plain border, just for visual interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neeng
    Sounds like it will work. If you need to add a lot of width, maybe a plain border first, then something pieced or appliqued, then another plain border, just for visual interest.
    OHHH..great idea..could I do that even without the beginning fabric? Maybe I could find a few pieces in my scraps..just don't remember keeping scraps when i first started... Guess the drywall hanging will have to wait tonight so I can go "scrappin"

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    A king size quilt is at least 95" square (that's with just an 8" drop all around).

    Borders around the YBR center would look just fine. You might have a bit of search trying to find coordinating fabrics.

    Maybe you can do some sort of pattern in the border as well, as that's a lot of space with just.......fabric.

    But it's so nice to know the quilt is really wanted.

    Be grateful it's not a California king. :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by neeng
    Sounds like it will work. If you need to add a lot of width, maybe a plain border first, then something pieced or appliqued, then another plain border, just for visual interest.
    this sounds like the best idea and simplest. no need to match exact colors

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    A king size quilt is at least 95" square (that's with just an 8" drop all around).

    Borders around the YBR center would look just fine. You might have a bit of search trying to find coordinating fabrics. But it's so nice to know the quilt is really wanted.

    Be grateful it's not a California king. :mrgreen:
    So would I be better off cutting it to 50 x 50 square and using the idea above for a pieced boarder using the cut off 10 inches?

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    Don't cut anything yet. Maybe you can do something a bit different and creative with it. Not over the top out of your comfort zone. Just something out of the ordinary. ;-)

    Can we see a pic?

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    OHHH..great idea..could I do that even without the beginning fabric? Maybe I could find a few pieces in my scraps..just don't remember keeping scraps when i first started... Guess the drywall hanging will have to wait tonight so I can go "scrappin"[/quote]
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    Be sure and take some of your fabrics with you. It'll be almost impossible to mix or match them without it, or at least that's what I've discovered over time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    Don't cut anything. Maybe you can do something a bit different with it.

    Can we see a pic?
    I'll take a picture of the top that I already cut from the binding and backing tonight when i get home.

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    don't cut. DON"T CUT! (yelling for you to hear!). do what early pioneer women did, make do. no one says it must be square. or if you want square, add borders to only 2 sides at some point, to even things out. Even if you just play and add borders as the idea occurs to you it will be lovely and no one will be the wiser that it was meant as a large lap quilt.

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    Sorry It's been so long..computer crashed and just got it back up. Here are 2 pictures i have of the quilt..one show's the color better than the other but gives you an idea of the wild fabrics.
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    Am I understanding this correctly?

    They (your kin) want you to add on to an already completed quilt?

    Many things are possible, but that sounds like a major PIDA project to me.

    I think it would be easier to start from scratch - and have relatives help pick out and pay for the materials.


    Or do they just want you to add on to a top? Which would be a lot more doable.

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    Just suggestion - I have one I ,ade for queen bed that is now on king. Didn't fit but was completely finished so I tried an alternate way. I went and bought a very inexpensive cotton thermal blanket in king then I turned the queen sidewatys and laid across the foot of the bed. Because it was sideways there was plenty of drop and it came over half way up the bed then you see the pretty white under blanket and throw pillows. Worked out lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Am I understanding this correctly?

    They (your kin) want you to add on to an already completed quilt?

    Many things are possible, but that sounds like a major PIDA project to me.

    I think it would be easier to start from scratch - and have relatives help pick out and pay for the materials.


    Or do they just want you to add on to a top? Which would be a lot more doable.
    I originally made it for their daughter's new room, but I had the color's mixed up..The daughters new room is purple and their master room is the turquoise.. (I was just going to take the turquoise one back but they wanted it for their room.
    So I said I would make the turquoise one larger to fit their bed since it matches their room perfect. Just trying to figure out how to add to it without it looking like an afterthought. But it's a simple YBR pattern so didn't know if I could just throw a boarder around it and it not look " like a cheesy afterthought"

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    Sorry, I don't know what happened to that post yesterday.

    Now, if I can remember what I wrote. :roll:

    On a king size bed, your 50x60 is going to be like a medallion in the center. You'll still need the +/- 17" to 24" borders to have an 8" drop all around. They might want more. Is it a high bed, platform, waterbed?

    I don't think you should/need to trim the size you have. Leave it as a rectangle, and have the rectangle (long) go across the bed. I like that it's not square; it adds a bit of interest.

    I'm a big fan of wide borders, but I think the ones here need to be broken up at bit.

    You've got such an eclectic mix of fabric that you should be able to find a few more to mix right in.
    Since you're sending it out to be quilted, your LA can really go to town in those borders.

    Ignore the coloring in the picture (I was lazy). This layout is 96" square. It's just to give you an idea of proportion, and how the different widths look.

    The green outline in the 2nd pic shows what would show, +/-, on the TOP of the king size bed (around 80" square). The rest would be the drop.

    The first wide border is 7.5", then 3" for the pieced.
    The next wide border is 7.5 for the sides, and 5" for the top and bottom.
    Then another 3" pieced on the top and bottom, followed by a 5" border.

    And whatever breaks up the wide border pieces doesn't have to be too complex because the YBR itself isn't really a complex. I just did a simple rail fence block as this would allow you to easily incorporate the new fabrics with your scraps left over from the YBR. You could do some Flying Geese or QST blocks. But since it's only a 3" border, it's your call on how many blocks you want to make.


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    Just an FYI - even if it had been quilted (and not just tied), the borders could have been easily added using the QAYG technique. I've done it many times - some on purpose and, sadly, some....because *#&( happens. :roll:
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    Nice suggestion for a remedy. I would never have thought of doing that.

    Would one need to remove the binding? or just cut it off?

    Or is that one of those "it depends" situations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Would one need to remove the binding? or just cut it off?

    Or is that one of those "it depends" situations?
    The binding would need to be removed (most of the time). The method of the removal - unpicking the stitches or whacking - is up to the quilter. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    The reason I say most of the time is that there is a QAYG method that brings the backing to the front of the block (not using sashing strips). So if you were were going to add the borders using that method, then you could probably leave the binding on. Wouldn't be the best move aesthetically (???), but it wouldn't affect the stability of the quilt.

    DebWatkins wrote a tutorial on this method:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-52698-1.htm

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