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Thread: Borders Help Needed?

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    Senior Member Jennalyn's Avatar
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    Hello! I just got EQ7 in the mail yesterday (YAAAAY!) for my Mom for Mother's Day. She hasn't gotten the time to sit down with it yet, but I need to become familiar with the program so that I can provide knowledgeable tech support.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Anyway, the first two projects I've tackled are working out the proportions for an in-the-future Jewel Box for a friend's Queen bed. That went well. I'm also designing the Warm Wishes for my much-loved Aunt who's recently had some troubling news regarding a lump on her femur. I figured the design would be a simple one to tackle and it would go together quickly. I already have the fabrics for the main squares of the quilt. Her tastes run in the pink-green-brown variety.

    I'm just a little stuck on what to do for borders! I think I like a three-fabric surround to mimic the pieced squares in the Warm Wishes. I just came up with that this morning, though, so I'm not sure how my thoughts will settle.

    I'm also debating whether or not it needs an entirely different pinky-salmon-rose fabric for the outermost border. Would that be too complex? Better to stick to just the four main fabrics in the quilt? Or do you think it might add something? Pink is her absolute favorite color, so I wanted that to be the focus of the border.

    This community is full of knowledge, experience, and OPINIONS! :mrgreen: Help?

    Here are the fabrics in question. I found the green-based focal fabric first on sale at my LQS and immediately thought of her. I built the other fabrics around it.
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    Without the brown border, what I was thinking last night.
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    I added the brown border this morning.
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    I like both but I do like the brown inner border.:)

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    I like the one with the brown inner border, it ties everything together well.

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    I like the brown boarder it frames it nicely.

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    I really like the added brown border.

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    I like the brown border too

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    Try out the brown border first, followed by the cream and then the pink.

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    In the quilt body you have the cream and then the brown. I think your cream, brown, and then pink borders really set it off.

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    I like it with the brown border. Looks great!

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    I like the brown border, but I would not make the cream and brown borders the same width. Probably go with a brown border about half the size you have shown.

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    Brown inner border really accents the quilt nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    I like both but I do like the brown inner border.:)
    Agree!

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    Do you know how to do phlanges? I'm sort of the phlange queen - I love them. Some people might not notice, but quilters do. Where your brown is, use a darker brown for a 1/4" to 1/2" phlange. That mixes up the size and gives definition to the outer edge. I usually make mine with a 1 1/2" strip, folded in half to give it some body.
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    I think this is the pic with a phlange







    uote=Jennalyn]Hello! I just got EQ7 in the mail yesterday (YAAAAY!) for my Mom for Mother's Day. She hasn't gotten the time to sit down with it yet, but I need to become familiar with the program so that I can provide knowledgeable tech support.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Anyway, the first two projects I've tackled are working out the proportions for an in-the-future Jewel Box for a friend's Queen bed. That went well. I'm also designing the Warm Wishes for my much-loved Aunt who's recently had some troubling news regarding a lump on her femur. I figured the design would be a simple one to tackle and it would go together quickly. I already have the fabrics for the main squares of the quilt. Her tastes run in the pink-green-brown variety.

    I'm just a little stuck on what to do for borders! I think I like a three-fabric surround to mimic the pieced squares in the Warm Wishes. I just came up with that this morning, though, so I'm not sure how my thoughts will settle.

    I'm also debating whether or not it needs an entirely different pinky-salmon-rose fabric for the outermost border. Would that be too complex? Better to stick to just the four main fabrics in the quilt? Or do you think it might add something? Pink is her absolute favorite color, so I wanted that to be the focus of the border.

    This community is full of knowledge, experience, and OPINIONS! :mrgreen: Help?[/quote]

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    Nope, that's not one - so sorry


    Quote Originally Posted by Judi in Ohio
    Do you know how to do phlanges? I'm sort of the phlange queen - I love them. Some people might not notice, but quilters do. Where your brown is, use a darker brown for a 1/4" to 1/2" phlange. That mixes up the size and gives definition to the outer edge. I usually make mine with a 1 1/2" strip, folded in half to give it some body.
    Judi
    I think this is the pic with a phlange







    uote=Jennalyn]Hello! I just got EQ7 in the mail yesterday (YAAAAY!) for my Mom for Mother's Day. She hasn't gotten the time to sit down with it yet, but I need to become familiar with the program so that I can provide knowledgeable tech support.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    Anyway, the first two projects I've tackled are working out the proportions for an in-the-future Jewel Box for a friend's Queen bed. That went well. I'm also designing the Warm Wishes for my much-loved Aunt who's recently had some troubling news regarding a lump on her femur. I figured the design would be a simple one to tackle and it would go together quickly. I already have the fabrics for the main squares of the quilt. Her tastes run in the pink-green-brown variety.

    I'm just a little stuck on what to do for borders! I think I like a three-fabric surround to mimic the pieced squares in the Warm Wishes. I just came up with that this morning, though, so I'm not sure how my thoughts will settle.

    I'm also debating whether or not it needs an entirely different pinky-salmon-rose fabric for the outermost border. Would that be too complex? Better to stick to just the four main fabrics in the quilt? Or do you think it might add something? Pink is her absolute favorite color, so I wanted that to be the focus of the border.

    This community is full of knowledge, experience, and OPINIONS! :mrgreen: Help?
    [/quote]

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    It's my avatar. Darn, right under my nose.





    e=Judi in Ohio]Nope, that's not one - so sorry
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    Oh, that looks so neat! Are there any tutorials that you recommend for figuring out how to do them?

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    definitely add brown border. Sets off the lighter colors in border.

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    I'm not sure where I first saw them, but I do them as any other border. The one in my avatar is 1 1/2" strip folded wrong sides together, and sew it as you would any border. Two sides, the top, bottom. I sew the raw edges first. It just adds a little pizazz and I'm all about pizazz. I'm a quilter who likes all kinds of different processes. And I love to come up with neat border ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennalyn
    Oh, that looks so neat! Are there any tutorials that you recommend for figuring out how to do them?

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    I also like the quilt with the brown border added.

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    to get a better feel for what you've designed, right click on the quilt. uncheck outline blocks and outline patches. it removes the physical division of the parts and the quilt looks 'smoother'. also, when you want to see how to cut the block, choose file-print-[then the type of cutting] and be sure to check size from quilt. then choose preview. you'll have to zoom in to see what it says unless your eyes are very good. also choose preview when you are using file-fabric yardage. that way, you are not wasting ink and paper just to view the info you might change before the final design. these are just some hints that i found to be most helpful on a regular basis. have fun with it.

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    The brown really frames it.

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    Brown just sets it off!!!
    Very pretty.

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    I like the one with the brown border best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    to get a better feel for what you've designed, right click on the quilt. uncheck outline blocks and outline patches. it removes the physical division of the parts and the quilt looks 'smoother'. also, when you want to see how to cut the block, choose file-print-[then the type of cutting] and be sure to check size from quilt. then choose preview. you'll have to zoom in to see what it says unless your eyes are very good. also choose preview when you are using file-fabric yardage. that way, you are not wasting ink and paper just to view the info you might change before the final design. these are just some hints that i found to be most helpful on a regular basis. have fun with it.
    Ahh, this view helped my perspective a lot! Thank you!

    Here are the pictures of a few suggestions implemented. I like the thinning of the brown border a great deal. Not quite so fond of the brown on the inner border. What does everyone think? Brown is definitely staying...

    My new current favorite with a thinner brown border.
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    Brown on the inside as a test.
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    I like the brown border.

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