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Thread: Border / binding dilemma

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    Border / binding dilemma

    I am working on the border / binding design for the wolf quilt. I need to make a decision before completing the border. When I sewed the hexies I Hated the hexies made from the wolf part of the stripe so I set those aside and didn't use them in the border. The half hexies are the perfect width for binding so I am going to join them into a row and use them as binding. The other definite is using a strip of the wolf fabric whole in the border to the outside of the hexies. What I need to decide is should the brown strip be between the hexies and the wolves leaving the binding to merge visually w/ the final row of the border (wolves), or do I put the wolves against the hexie row and the brown strip between the wolf and the binding? Here are pics to illustrate my dilemma

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    The visual effect of the brown first wolf next looks a lot better to me. The wolf pattern next to the hexies look too busy to me. My opinion!

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    I have to agree the brown first gets my vote!!! Its going to be beautiful!!!

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    Yes, brown first.

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    I wouldn't use the wolves at all in the border. I think they are outstanding chasing each other in the main body of the quilt, and it's enough. Adding them to the border isn't really needed, and maybe takes away from the interest of them in the center. If you have a similar color fabric to the the golden orange color of your print, you could audition that and see if you like it. I'd probably put the cream, then a light orange, or gold, or warm brown, or maybe black, and then the brown, making it a 3 stripe border, which would echo the feeling of the stripes in the center.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmac71 View Post
    The visual effect of the brown first wolf next looks a lot better to me. The wolf pattern next to the hexies look too busy to me. My opinion!
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    I have to agree the brown first gets my vote!!! Its going to be beautiful!!!
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    BTW, I've always been partial to brown even though a lot of people aren't fond of it. You've done an outstanding job using the brown in this quilt.
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    The brown first. The simple solid gives star power to the lively hexies.

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    Brown strip, then wolves and bind with brown. Looking awesome!

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    Beautiful quilt design. Agree with givio and others to leave the wolves off the border. They are busy and take away from the hexi border.

    Do you have a medium tone fabric to audition for the center border?

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    I would go with the brown first, like most others have said.
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    I like the brown next to the hexies also. I would audition black or more brown for the binding and maybe even a dark mustard color. My eyes see the orange binding distracting from the wolf border. Maybe when you get a longer line of binding going it will look cool.

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    personally I'd want to break it up to make the border pop and use a solid tone like the gold or rust in the hexie's and not the brown again...Then use the same color for all...borders/binding...

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    Kassaundra, you do outstanding work!!!
    I'm in the brown camp.

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    the second option sets it apart. wonderful fabric, show it all off!!

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    I think the brown strip on both sides of the small hexies not only frames them but it also gives the eyes a start/stop point. And, by the way, that top looks wonderful and I can appreciate how much work you put into it!

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    Gorgeous quilt. Wow.

    Another vote for brown first.....however I'd also audition a non-wolf fabric. The mustard colour would frame it very well, I think. The wolf fabric for the border - to my eye - just seems to blend and fade into the brown.
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