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Thread: Do you like a square quilt? I might change..to rectangle...need advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Delilah View Post
    Attachment 341794This one was square and I added the migrating geese. I just don't like square quilts.
    Ooooh... that is one spectacular quilt! Square, rectangular, round... whatever! I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by judylg View Post
    I have a quilt nearly finished, only have the borders to add. I look at the quilt laying on the floor and wonder if I should add something to make it into a rectangle shape, it would have to be added on the top and bottom and then I would add final border. I wonder has anyone done that? I have it in two colors, which I like. It is a redwork with 9 blocks, triple sashing and nine patch (background of redwork blocks-off white and red fabrics). Not sure what I could add to it to add length and yet fit in. As I say the square just does not appeal to me, but may leave it if too much work. I hope my explanation is ok.
    I have two twins, with a headboard and footboard, so I need rectangular. In most cases I do a border on the sides to lengthen the quilt. I don't care if it doesn't match up - no one knows. In one case I made a scrappy trip around the world. I made an extra set of blocks and I used all white on each half of the block instead of the assorted scrappy blocks. It turned out with white points and looks really great. (I was so proud). I'll try and find a pic.
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    A flying geese question, I have to go across 50 inches, what size of blocks should I use to start with? Thanks. I like the look of these, I think this might work out.

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    Baby quilts somehow are almost always square for me but bed and sofa quilts end up being rectangles. Why? I'm square from shoulders to waiste but rectangle from head to toe~!
    If you don't work on it you'll never finish it.

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    I don't like square quilts because I don't have a square bed. Nor do I like them as throw quilts because even though I'm not a thin person, I am taller than I am wide. Just my own preference of course...
    "I've always been crazy, but it's kept me from going insane!"
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    I like quilts for myself to be rectangular because I throw one over me at nighttime while I'm watching T.V. and I'm longer than I'm wide (thank God).

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    Mine are mostly rectangles. You can always add another row of blocks or add a "special" top and bottom border with appliques or embroidery before you add the other borders.

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    I like square bed quilts (King size even though bed is queen) and rectangular 'body' quilts!

    I also like square baby quilts ... they look pretty spread out on the floor for baby to crawl around on.

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    Here is a website that has a technique sheet for making migrating geese. The price with shipping is a bit over $8.
    http://www.ericas.com/quilting/patterns/tucker.htm
    OCD in the OC

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    If you are still on the fence about adding borders to make it rectangular - lay the square quilt out someplace - I use my living room floor - and then I take fabric I would be adding as the extra borders and fold it to the proper size and arrange it around the quilt. Live with it for a little while and see what you think. This way it's just a matter of picking it up if you don't like it.

    A quilting friend of mine does a lot of "auditioning" when she quilts and I have begun doing it on some projects. Sometimes what we think will work doesn't.

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    I have even made the top and bottom borders larger than the side borders to make a rectangle quilt.
    It works!! Love the way some of you added to your quilts to make them longer. I like rectangle
    quilts too.

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    I do both. It depends on what size quilt I am making and for what size bed.
    Quiltlady

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    A lot of older quilts are made square but they didn't have queen size and larger. They also had fancy pillows to display. I have a couple and one in progress (barely) and they're good for TV or something. I have added some end pieces to extend the length a little and that works out well, too. I just finished one that I used 3" leftover strips on the top and bottom and it looks fine.....just seems to blend in.
    http://lyndaswhoknew.blogspot.com/

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    Here is how I made my square quilt a rectangle. I put my inside border all the way around, then added a 4 inch strip of the outer border to the top and bottom, then added the inner border to that and finished with the outside border. Looks like it is part of the original design.
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    Hey, I recognize that quilt! It's one of mine!! And, I did make it longer by adding 2"squares in two rows at the top and bottom.
    psumom

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    Referring to Post #29....
    Quote Originally Posted by psumom View Post
    Hey, I recognize that quilt! It's one of mine!! And, I did make it longer by adding 2"squares in two rows at the top and bottom.
    psumom

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