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Could you give me some suggestions on my borders?

Could you give me some suggestions on my borders?

Old 04-12-2016, 12:22 PM
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Default Could you give me some suggestions on my borders?

I'm making a lap quilt of my own design and have the middle done. It measures 40 1/4" x 43" at this point and I do plan on adding another 1/2" band of black. My DH thought maybe it should be 1" black. Anyway, I could add an outer border of the green (does 7" wide sound about right?) or I could do something else.

I'd really love to hear what suggestions you have for this. It's going to be a sampler for the needle-turn classes that I teach.

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Old 04-12-2016, 12:45 PM
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I would have to see it but your Hubby may be right. But a 7" border is a bit large for a lap quilt. That is the size up to 8" that I used when I made queen size quilts. Just lay it all out proportionally making changes and you will see what looks best since you are designing this lovely quilt. Good Luck.
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Old 04-12-2016, 12:56 PM
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That's lovely! I think the quiet green is ideal for showing off the birds. How wide is the black around the birds? I would experiment starting with 1/2", and just see which width seems to look best for an inner border. Maybe 3/4. I think the outer border could be about as wide as the horizontal green sashing sections.
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Old 04-12-2016, 01:42 PM
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Pretty center and the same size black border as around the blocks would look nice. Your applique birds are beautiful! It depends on the time you have but a vine and flower border would be nice. If you need something quicker maybe pieced birdhouses or picked fence border?
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:03 PM
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I'd say YES to the half inch Black Border, then a 2 inch GREEN, then checkerboard green and black together, three rows of two x two inch blocks. It is very lovely, and whatever you do will be fine.
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Really love how perfectly your birds turned out! For a second, I thought they were prints like the cornerstone squares. Just lovely!

I think a 1/2" stop border would be nice to so it's the same size as the sashing around your bird blocks.

Unless you have some particular applique design in mind that is 7", I would break the border up into 2-3 sections so it doesn't overtake the beautiful work in the center. 14" will be 1/4 of the finished size of your quilt so I'd continue some applique work out into the border to make it as beautiful as the rest of the quilt.

If you really are pressed for time, I'd go with the narrow black stop border, a 3" border that is similar to the pattern on your rug (leaves, scrolls, whatnot -- but a different hue/tone) with cornerstones (more birds?) followed by either a cheater cloth piano key 4" border or a solid border with thread painting of something coordinating with your theme -- birds, branches, leaves, flowers.

If you have a bit more time to put into it, I'd do the black stop border, a pieced 3" border, then a 4" applique border (or an applique border that is broken up into 3 different designs), followed by a black binding. For the pieced border, I might do a 3/4 piano key border (should need 10 jelly roll strips to complete -- cut down the middle). If you really want to be creative, you could even play with the colors in each quadrant so it reflects the changing seasons.

I googled "applique border" and here are some of the designs I thought might work with your quilt with minimal tweaking:

Black borders instead of red, but: http://www.karenkaybuckley.com/weblo...74-500x666.jpg

Changing seasons border: http://www.karenkaybuckley.com/weblo...94-500x471.jpg

Possibly my favorite -- realistic flowers: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com...34f328aafe.jpg

Cherries, needs to be on taupe fabric, though: http://sentimentalstitches.net/wp-co...rder-marks.jpg

The leaves on this one (so tiny, though - ugh!): https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...act=mrc&uact=8

Black scrolls: https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=...4b254a.jpg&f=1

Birds on branches: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i5brvpyrvh...uiltsw+006.JPG

Stylized birds (need to replace with realistic birds): http://simplebirdapplique.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/dscn4662.jpg?w=640&h=360

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Old 04-12-2016, 07:13 PM
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What a beautiful quilt!!! I have nothing to add about borders, just wanted to admire a beautiful quilt!

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Old 04-12-2016, 08:42 PM
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How beautiful! I would put a black sashing border around the entire center (same width as the other sashin). Then I would put a wider (maybe 2x the width of black or a little more) of the red in the cardinal bird, followed by a wide grey. The entire set of 3 could be 7" (or thereabouts). If you want to break it up, you could put a corner square of the birds in each outer corner, after the black.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:27 PM
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I would frame it in black and add a red border with a black binding.
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:17 PM
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I would frame with a black same size as sashing. Then using the green put a 31/2" border. I would then see if it needs another border. A 7" may be too over powering in one go.
it is a beautiful quilt so take your time deciding.
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