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Thread: Border width

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    how do you decide how wide to make a border? Is it personal choice or does the block size have something to do with it? I've seen instructions with anywhere from 6 to 12 inches. Help

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    Some patterns will give a size for the border. I tend to go by personal choice. I actually like more than one border. Some times I put a thin one.. say it finishes at 2" and then a wide one that finishes at 6". It really just depends on what I have so far on the top. I rarely determine my border width until everything else is put together.

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    Thanks! I'm making this one up as I go along so I'll see what it needs when I put it together. It's a queen size and I usually only play with crib size. This is a big adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Robinson
    Thanks! I'm making this one up as I go along .

    For me, that is the most fun way to quilt. A friend calls it doing a Round Robin by yourself! LOL! Can't wait to see the finished project. Barb C

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    I have made all sizes and it really is personal choice. We expelled the "quilt police" from this group :lol: But I too like to make it up as you go.

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    They offer a free class at Quilt University that addresses the very question of how wide to make the borders and what design to choose. I found it somewhat helpful, ande it does not take that much time to study.

    http://www.quiltuniversity.com/registrar_free.htm

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    I like to make the top and bottom wider, it's easier to make the bed.

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    I always look at the quilt to see if it needs to be a little bigger or smaller then what I first thought and adjust the border accordingly. Has saved me more then once when I miscaulated the size.

    Isn't that what borders are for to help adjust your errors.

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    :D I LOVE IT! The QUILT POLICE!!! I am glad someone else has run into this. I make quilts and other primitive items without any patterns or instruction. They are my inventions and I love them. Isn't that really all that matters; having a good time, relaxing and enjoying ones self? :D

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    You could just fold your fabric the width you think you would like and place it under your top to see if you like it, before you make that cut, that won't let you go back.
    What is pleasing to your eye is what is important.
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    I to wish I were in the mountains quilting and relaxing and lovin' every minute of it! :wink:

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    I believe the 'quilt police' would advise half the width of your blocks should be the determination for the border.....however.....quilts are the expression of the individual and first and foremost should follow the intent of the quilter.....whimsical mult-borders or singles...your choice. Quilt happy!'

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    Sandra, I couldn't have said it any better. If you need rules, there are always those willing to tell you. But if you are creative, there are no rules. QUILTER'S ROCK!!!!!

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    Does anyone besides me get tired of the Quilting Police telling you what you can and can't do on your quilt? The "Pro's" seem to want you to quilt the top until it is flat because that is what they like. I have made different size borders because the quilt will talk to you. I haven't made one without a border yet. I haven't used a thin border with large blocks tho.

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    We'll just have to fire the qulit police have a rebellion and do what feel good and right to us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceannastahr
    We'll just have to fire the qulit police have a rebellion and do what feel good and right to us.
    we already did that. [evil cackling laughter]
    you'll have to go back pretty far through the old posts to find any "you must", "you must not", "always" or never.

    not that we never disagree. that happens a lot. but that's a GOOD thing because it makes us think and sometimes see things in a whole new way.

    pssssst! don't tell anybody, but sometimes i even figure out i was wrong.

    shut up, kathy.
    :mrgreen:

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    Do whatever makes you happy!

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    This is a big day for us :!: :D True confessions by Patrice :D :!:
    May have been wrong in her lifetime, never, no way I don't believe it! :!: Next thing we'll find out is that she beheaded the quilt police :!: Totally shocking revelations.
    But she is right, do what you think looks good and don't worry about others. Of course, I truely wish I could take my own advice some days :D :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by vicki reno
    This is a big day for us :!: :D True confessions by Patrice :D :!:
    May have been wrong in her lifetime, never, no way I don't believe it! :!: Next thing we'll find out is that she beheaded the quilt police :!: Totally shocking revelations.
    But she is right, do what you think looks good and don't worry about others. Of course, I truely wish I could take my own advice some days :D :!:
    it's true, i can be ... shall we say ... cranky. but beheading? too messy. too tacky. too much like work. i prefer to leave them cowering the corner.
    ;-)

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    You're right. Be jsut our luck that immediatel;y after the beheaded, one of their deputies would try and grab a quilt to clean up the mess! Oh Horrors :D

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    But, would they approve of the border size? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary705
    But, would they approve of the border size? :lol:
    the QP don't approve of anything. they are a drag, man.
    like, totally, y'know?

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    As many of you know, I spend a great deal of time in a Quilt Shop, sewing and chatting, fondling fabric, helping folks find what they looking for, and in general, just having a great time. We warmly welcome anyone who walks in the door and offer chocolate. In my almost 5 years at this shop, I have only met one of the dreaded Quilt Police. Let me tell you a secret about this person. She never smiles! Coincidence? I think not!
    Creative people laugh at rules with wild abandonment. They enjoy the process. Audition your fabric, using the amount that will be seen. In the case of a border, lay your top on the bolt, showing only the width of border you are thinking of. Then step back and see what YOU think. Sometimes that means turning your back and sneaking up on it. But, bottom line, your decision is for you alone. That quilt police person will never smile, no matter what you do. :lol:

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    Ruthie,

    Do you mind explaining what the picture in your "signature" is about? It seems to be stacks and stacks of fat quarters--all in shades of blue.

    GramMER :-o :?

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    The QUILT POLICE are everywhere. I live in Australia and will only put my quilts into shows for display only, not for judging. They are my babies and I love ém and don't need anyone else to judge them, but if they like them, or inspire them in any way, well that's great.

    Mostly design my own, but never decide borders until the main body of the quilt is together and quilted, put all pieces of border together, quilt and join on. It works great for me.

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