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    To border or not to border

    I made the top this weekend using 2 jelly rolls from Joann's they are smaller only 20 in each roll so I had to buy 2 at first I was going to,do a jelly roll,race but changed my mind then I thought do a friendship braid but ended up making these blocks and framed it In.brown, I bought some material to border it but not to sure if I like the color, so my question is should I NOT border it, use what I have or go looking for a better color material that I feel matches better.
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    I think it would look pretty in a print border. I agree, I don't think your initial choice is quite right. Pretty quilt top. Pretty colors.
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    You have so many options - a green border would completely change the quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patti p View Post
    I made the top this weekend using 2 jelly rolls from Joann's they are smaller only 20 in each roll so I had to buy 2 at first I was going to,do a jelly roll,race but changed my mind then I thought do a friendship braid but ended up making these blocks and framed it In.brown, I bought some material to border it but not to sure if I like the color, so my question is should I NOT border it, use what I have or go looking for a better color material that I feel matches better.
    A border would be a great idea, maybe something with a mixture of browns. I think the material you have for the border is too light. My HO though. Let' see what others say.

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    I would put a border on it, but maybe in browns or greens ... love your idea of the strips. Really pretty quilt top.

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    if you have to use that blue, i'd suggest a much lighter inner border first. I'm sure it will end up looking great what ever you choose.
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    i think it looks fine without a border, if the finished size is ok for you. but i would bind it in the brown so that you don't lose the width off the outside sashing.
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    A border would look nice if you want one, but I agree the current material doesn't seem to be the right choice. If you want to keep it as it is (and that looks great too) I also think binding in the sashing brown would be the best choice. Great job!

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    If you have enough of the fabrics, a piano key border would be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster View Post
    If you have enough of the fabrics, a piano key border would be perfect.
    I thought of that but I do not have enough material it was a jelly roll
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    I like it without a border!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i think it looks fine without a border, if the finished size is ok for you. but i would bind it in the brown so that you don't lose the width off the outside sashing.
    This was my first thought too. Depends on what size you want.
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    How about a narrow border with the fabric you have in the picture, with the same width brown border and then brown binding?

    I'm sure you'll get lots of choices...just because you asked!

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    I would add a border of either that pretty bright green or the light blue.
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    Very pretty top! I think the color choice is fine but I would go with a Print fabric if it were mine.

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    Don't shops sell coordinating fabrics when they have jelly rolls? The only jelly roll I ever purchased had coordinating fabrics and I bought some for the border for that quilt. I'd check on that. or....

    Do you have any of the jelly roll strips left? You could do strips lengthwise for a border until you run out.
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    You can leave it without a border if the size is okay with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    i think it looks fine without a border, if the finished size is ok for you. but i would bind it in the brown so that you don't lose the width off the outside sashing.
    I agree. Borders aren't always necessary. I started looking my DH's grandmother's quilts and none have a border. Look great!!!

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    I like your choice, it does go with some of the colors. I prefer borders, at least one. Finishes it off to me.
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    I think it would be pretty if you found some fabric like that brown paisley that you have in your blocks.

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    I like it as is. If you want a border I would use a brown paisley. Hugs

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    in my opinion it looks lovely the way it is. great work!

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    If you're in doubt, I wonder if you might not like it. Go try some other fabrics or a pieced border.

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    Take your quilt top back to Joann's and audition their fabrics to see which would work best. I think the border you have in the picture does not have the 'star power' it needs.

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    'As is' would be nice (bind in the same sash color), but if you want a border, I'd try to find a print that picks up most of the colors in your quilt - it would tie everything together. Nice quilt top!

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    Top row 2nd and 4th blocks, top strips. Something in a dark print like those would make a pretty border. I like your choice for the jelly roll.

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