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    Old 02-14-2011, 04:30 AM
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    Okay, everyone...I need a little help here. I am doing another bargello. The colors I have picked for it is blues...light to dark to black. I am going to do a small border in red. We did pick out a larger border that has compasses, kind of Navy related with a light tan background. However, the light tan is NOT working with the blues in the bargello. It might be ok with the red smaller border, but I am not thrilled wiht it yet. I dont have the red for the smaller border yet.

    How do you pick your borders, light or dark? Do you prefer one over the other? This is another quilt I am making for a long time friend of ours that will be retiring from the Navy. So we were trying to make it Navy/nautical/ocean like.
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    Old 02-14-2011, 04:36 AM
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    I really don't know but....I do know that if you aren't happy now then you probably won't be happy later. At least that is what I found with my quilts. But sometimes they do look better when they are finished too. Best of luck, I think either way they are going to love it. Bargello are super neat. :-)
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    Old 02-14-2011, 05:13 AM
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    Sometimes I wait until the body of the quilt is completed and then audition borders. At times it turns out to be a fabric that I would never have guessed would look good. With all the colors in a bargello, you have a lot of choices.
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    Old 02-14-2011, 05:20 AM
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    Hard to say without seeing your quilt. But I personally do not have any hard and fast rules. Sometimes I know before I start the quilt what I want for a border. If I'm unsure, I wait until I'm done and then figure that out.
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    Old 02-14-2011, 05:38 AM
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    My small inner borders are ususlly what I call a "Zinger". It stops the eye and pops out from the rest of the quilt. Your outer border sounds great and seems to pull everything together. It's hard to give opinions without a picture, though. Your avitar borders seem to work well, so I think that you have a good eye for colors.
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    Old 02-14-2011, 06:00 AM
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    You are right, I should have posted pictures of this...The red border is just to see if we liked it or not. I like the red small border, makes it pop. The larger border is the one in question.

    Also, I am debating on whether to applique bright colored fish on to the quilt top, not many just three or so...

    What's everyone think?

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    Old 02-14-2011, 06:11 AM
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    I'm not sure about the border either, but what would it look like if you used green (it looks like kind of a lime green in the border print) for your small border instead of the red? That might not work at all, but it might pull it all together. Worth a try!
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    Old 02-14-2011, 08:15 AM
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    I love the idea of a few fish swimming across your quilt, very clever :D
    The border fabric is a little busy to me, it draws my eye away from the beautiful bargello :D:D:D
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    Old 02-14-2011, 08:19 AM
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    I always go with a darker outside border, silly I know, but I consider the border a frame, and I like dark frames. It sets off what's inside.
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    Old 02-14-2011, 08:26 AM
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    I would put a narrow, like 2", navy blue border first and then I think your fabric would work ok.
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