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Thread: Border/Sash size-rule of thumb?

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    MM is offline

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    I found some cute Christmas fabric in my stash and want to make a quick baby quilt with it. I've cut the fabric into 3.5 inch squares-not the best size for anything quick, but I thought it had to be fussy cut that size because of the placement of the motif.

    Anyway, I'm thinking I'll sew a border around each motif square and then use another fabric for a sashing between the squares. Is there a rule of thumb for the width of these borders/sashings? I don't want them to overpower the delicate motif, but I don't want them to be so narrow that they'll be a nuisance to cut and sew.

    I was thinking of cutting the border pieces for the squares 1.5 inches-that would give me a 5.5 inch block that will ultimately finish at 5 inches (I think). I keep playing around with strips of paper cut in different widths, but can't decide what looks best for the sashing between the blocks.

    What would you suggest?

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    You could do the 1 1/2 inch, then follow that by a 2 1/2 inch. Then put it all together. I think that would be cute.

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    I don't think there is a rule of thumb, it is more of a personal prefernece, and depends on the different fabrics. I think Terri made a wonderful suggestion, then the blocks would be a bigger size and it will go together rather quickly, too :D :D :D

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    I like the idea of 1 1/2 and then the 2 1/2. But it is up to you, what size you want it to be in the end.

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    Why not take the free Border Crossings class at Quilt University to get some great ideas about how borders can make a beautiful difference to your quilts? Borders are so much more than just four strips of fabric at the edges! http://www.quiltuniversity.com/registrar_free.htm

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