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Thread: ? about quilt dimension

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    Senior Member lvaughan's Avatar
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    I have been working on a quilt for quite some time, it's not difficult but I am stumped about what size to make it. I am making it for a full size bed, mattress measures 54x75. My quilt top measures 56x84. I need to extend the sides but not so much the length. All that I have left of the focal fabric is a partial Moda scrap bag of 3 3/4" width strips. My sister suggested that I use the quilt like a bedspread with the pillow tuck, I'm not sure I like the look and my husband does not like it at all. I have been using the scrap bag fabrics to make the strip along the side of the quilt. Anyway, I would like your suggestions. Do you like the bedspread look of the pillowtuck? How would you proceed with extending the width without the extending the length more than a little bit.

    Thanks for your suggestions in advance.
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    I would add the strip on the side and use it like a quilt. if you still need more width and have enough scraps, make the border two rows. I am not a big fan of pillow tuck either.

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    I really like your quilt. If it were me I'd put the borders on especially if you're going to sleep under it. You need a little extra width to allow for the body lying under it. Of course I also think it needs to be a little longer if you're going to tuck the pillows because it looks as if it just reaches the foot of the bed. Sorry if that sounded critical, I don't mean it to be, just my preference is a drop all around. I hope you post the finished quilt however you decide to to it as I think you have a lovely quilt.

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    The quilt is beautiful. I like the quilt used as a bedspread, tucked under the pillows.

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    you have strips make a piano key boarder :) <3???

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    I love piano key borders, but (IMHO) I think a single fabric border in a complementing color fairly wide would work very well. I would also like pillow (shams) instead of the pillow tuck. Good luck. Quilt well and show us what you decided when your are finished.

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    No pillow tuck here. When I need added width and little length I add a border on 3 sides. Each side and the bottom. See my avatar, that is what I did with this quilt. One border all around and 2 more on the 3 sides.

    Good luck and it's a beautiful quilt!

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    I love your quilt. I think either way would be nice and that it is really a personal preference.

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    Love your quilt!!!
    No pillow tuck here either!!
    I like the idea of a solid border, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherriequilts
    I love piano key borders, but (IMHO) I think a single fabric border in a complementing color fairly wide would work very well. I would also like pillow (shams) instead of the pillow tuck. Good luck. Quilt well and show us what you decided when your are finished.
    I agree ditto

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    My vote is for no pillow tuck - - pillow shams, if you have sufficient fabric would be nice. Also,I totally concur with Coyote Quilts. Border on two sides and the bottom but not the top will give it a little extra length but definitely more width. Also, the final border does not have to be the same size for the length vs. width.

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    Turn your quilt so the leagth of the quilt goes from side to side or the width of your bed. That way if you use pillow shams and not put it over your pillows it will fit your bed better. I use this meathod alot and it works out good.

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    Thank you ladies for all your suggestions. My original plan was to put the on-point strip around three sides with a wider strip of the peachy sashing fabric, probably 5" wide like the charms used on the top as a bottom border. I really like my quilts to drop to the bottom of the mattress. This is the first rectangle quilt for me, I usually make square, they seem to be easier. LOL, for me anyway! I'm not really liking the pillow tuck idea, don't really know why, probably just not used to seeing it in a while. It would take care of needing pillow shams though.

    Terryl, no offense taken, I asked for a critique of the quilt and appreciate all suggestions. I'm new at quilting, two years this month and still finding my way. Quilting is just like anything else, it always looks simple until you get into it, lots to learn.

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    It is a beautiful quilt. Whether to pillow tuck or not is strictly up to you, but I do think that the pattern looks very nice with the tuck. It sounds like you're well on your way to adding more width, and have some good ideas for it. Don't forget that the quilt will shrink up a little bit when it's quilted, and a little more when it's washed.

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    I don't think you have to wrap a quilt around the pillows. It is totally a personal preference :D:D:D

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