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Old 02-19-2021, 05:58 AM
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Thank you so much for all the great ideas, and all the compliments! This quilt was definitely outside my comfort zone for fabrics and colors. I won this pack of Kaffe Fassett FQs at my LQS some time ago, and since they were fabrics I would usually never buy, it was a challenge to me to use them. I decided that since the fabrics were bold, I'd go bold with the quilt also. It's pushed me, but I'm really loving the results, and I'm now far more open to bold fabric choices than I was before.

Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
I bet that was very tedious to make it.
Oh, you have no idea! It languished in the UFO pile for a long time, but I am determined to finish it now.
I'm really happy with how it's turning out, but I can tell you that it was one of the worst-written patterns I've used, and if I'd fully understood the method applied, I'd have done it in a completely different manner...but once I got going it was too late to change my method and I had to soldier on. However, all's well and all that!

Originally Posted by mkc View Post
Votes for exactly these suggestions, depending on the finished size needed. It definitely wants a narrow black border, and if only that, the flange of multi-color with black binding. If you go larger with Tartan's suggestion, it would only need a black binding.
I'm really liking this idea. I had wanted it a wee bit bigger, but I just can't find a color border that makes me happy. I think simple black is the way to go, and I *love* the idea of a multi-colored flange on black binding. Time to do another "first" for me with this quilt!

Originally Posted by Barb2018 View Post
I really wouldn't object if you posted what the pattern is either.....
So with the caveat that I have seen better written patterns...it's from a magazine called "Down Under Quilts", issue #146. The pattern is called "Summer Soiree". I was able to download it, but that was years ago (2011?) and I haven't been able to find it online lately.

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Old 02-19-2021, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by PiedPiper View Post
and I *love* the idea of a multi-colored flange on black binding. Time to do another "first" for me with this quilt!
Once you do one flange binding, you'll want to do it on all your quilts!
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Old 02-19-2021, 10:13 AM
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That looks fab! You could go any way with this one, the one thing I would keep in mind is you have a visual star already in the quilt, don't compete with what you already have.

In a Round Robin I did a few years ago we had one instruction, "Make It Better"....that is a great guide when you are trying to decide on borders and bindings.

I am a huge fan of auditioning ideas up on the design wall (in my case black batting pinned to a wall).

Audition these and see what you like best...or see where it leads you!

1. Just a black binding

2. a black border of about 3", then a bright binding

3. a bright border (probably solid or reads as solid) and a black binding

3. turn and face (no border, no binding)

4. black and white...as a border or as a binding.

One will feel right to you...
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Old 02-19-2021, 11:34 AM
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Originally Posted by WesternWilson View Post
.................2. a black border of about 3", then a bright binding.............
WesternWilson ... great checklist of ideas!

PiedPiper ... Taking Western Wilson's idea a bit further and merging with my earlier flange suggestion. I now wonder if the flange may be a little too small to really get the pop of colour effect. So here goes my latest idea .... 3"ish black border then 1/2"ish assorted Kaffe border, then black binding, or 1-1/2"ish black border before the binding. I think you will find the wider pop of colour with the black will do a nice frame job of all your work in the centre. Whereas too wide of the black and it would darken and look too heavy against the joyful Kaffe fabrics.

Of course, nothing dyed in wool here, just some ideas to audition and approximate sizes to start wtih.
Good Luck!
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Old 02-19-2021, 04:52 PM
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I really don't think it needs a border. If you bind it in black-that would be such a nice finish to your beautiful quilt
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Old 02-21-2021, 06:02 PM
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Wow what a pretty quilt, love the colors. I agree with everyone a narrow black border would look good. Congratulations great work.
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Old 02-22-2021, 06:59 PM
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That is one awesome quilt!
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Old Today, 05:41 AM
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Thanks again, everyone! I thought I'd share what I finally did. I made a flange border to have a little pop in a black border., and I put it on a little differently, such that it's a lot wider in front than on the back. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Two pics, one of which shows detail of the binding and backing.
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