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Thread: Does anyone have a suggestion for a border around a picture?

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    Does anyone have a suggestion for a border around a picture?

    Hi fellow Quilters,

    First I want to say how much I love reading all your posts and seeing all of your pictures of beautiful quilts. I am addicted to The Quilting Board! My day isnít complete unless Iíve visited the Board at least 4 times! Youíve all been such an inspiration to me. I learned how to sew in a home economics class in 4th grade and have been sewing for many years. The QB has given me a new appreciation for sewing and quilting. Thanks to the QB, Iím organizing my fabrics (and I have a lot!) and plan to start my first real quilt soon. Iíll need suggestions latter for how to find a LAer!

    I am looking for suggestions for what type of border to use around a picture of my parents that is on a t-shirt. I plan to stabilize the t-shirt fabric then cut the picture into a block. I want surround the block with some type of interesting border and was wondering if any of you have any suggestions for which border would look the best. The t-shirt color is a light mint green. I was planning on turning the finished block into a pillow or maybe a wall hanging with the finished block. Not sure yet.

    Iím going to give this to my parents as a gift when I see them on September 15, 2012.

    Here's a photo of the t-shirt I plan to use:
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    Hi there, If the T-shirt is mint green, how about a dark green or yellow. I think I would use a print though.
    SueDor

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    Mint green with black or grey flying geese border. Piano keys with like colors and one 'pop' color.
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    Keep the eyes on your parents. Keep the border calm.

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    I agree with barney. Keep your eyes on your parents. They are so darn cute!!!! I love her hairdo. Very good looking couple.
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    what are their favorate colors.....something personal
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sande View Post
    Hi fellow Quilters,
    and plan to start my first real quilt soon.
    Is that not your quilt in your avatar?
    Because I LOVE LOVE LOVE that border treatment.
    Beyond GORGEOUS!

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    Can reproduce the photo again onto a different fabric ... muslin perhaps. That would be more stable than the jersey knit.

    Agree with the others to keep the focus on Mom and Dad with simple borders. Blacks, whites, and greys - and if you use the T-shirt ... use the mint green as a binding.

    You CAN use some fairly intricate pieced borders to really frame Mom & Dad but use borders that will point toward the center drawing the eye inward.
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    something with gold in it for the big 50. Browse your local quilt shop or JoAnns until something speaks to you. Good Luck!

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    It looks like 1950's...maybe use some old hankies from the era and add them in a pattern over a solid color?

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    Thank you everyone for the great suggestions. You've all been very helpful. I'll post a photo as soon as I finish this project.

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    That's not my quilt in my avatar. I wish I could say that it was. I found this image and feel in love with it. Your avatar is pretty amazing! I love the colors.

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    You could make the photo into a cover for a photo album. Then friends and family could send photos of the couple for their anniversary that they could fill the album with. You could use a canvas weight fabric. If you've ever helped kids cover their math book, same principle would work.

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    I can see some black or grey scrolls with applique around this photo on the four centers. Or, perhaps tiny gradiating black to grey squares. Kinda like photo film.

    Oh, how about a design like an old movie theater's fasade? You know the fifties style ones?
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    I love your suggestions. My Mom would really like a 50's theme and that ties in so well with the vintage photo.. Hmmmmm, very interesting. Thank you

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    Great idea for a photo album or maybe a keepsake album. I love your idea but my Mom has every photo she's ever taken organized and documented. She's a calligrapher and she embellishes the photos with beautiful hand drawn images. She has so many albums so don't know if she needs another one.

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