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Thread: Does this need a border or not?

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    Does this need a border or not?

    I just finished this quilt top. I need press, trim and either add a border or binding. I sort of think it needs a border, what do you think? I see tumbler quilts with and without. I think it could use it to make it a bit larger, still a bit small I think.

    Tumblers with or without a border in general and what about this quilt?

    I only have my quilting frame set to 10 ft. I have to be careful to keep it small enough to quilt myself too.

    Thanks!

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    if you want to make it larger than either more tumblers or a border would make that happen- only you can decide if it needs it or not-it's a personal choice. you could if you wanted to add a border by appliqueing the top onto border fabric which would 'square up' the top without having to cut your edge tumblers. you said you need to add either a border or binding ??? generally binding is added around the edge of a quilted quilt to finish the edges of the quilted quilt sandwich...so, even if you add a border- you will still need to bind your quilt after quilting it.
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    I just finished a tumbler quilt for a young girl at church and I added a 1 inch border, a 2 inch border and a 4 inch wider border. I really liked the way it turned out. I am going to put minky on the back. I like doing tumblers, it goes together fast but I take longer trying to decide where to place the tumblers.
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    You could a one more Tumbler in all the same colour all around the edge to form a border. You could either bind the edge with the angles or cut the edge straight going through the last row of all one colour tumblers.

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    What size it now and what size do you want it? I think border (s) would look nice and finish it off How many borders and how wide depend on how big you want the top to be.
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    I think it's purely personal preference. Add more tumblers, or add a border - just be sure it's the size you want. Either way will look beautiful.

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    i like it without borders
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    I don't know what to say about the borders, but I really like your quilt! :-)
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    I think adding a solid tumbler for the last one all the way around is a good idea, I never thought of that.
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    I like your quilt! I am no help with the border question though. I think it would look good either way.

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    I think adding one more tumbler in solid color for boarder is a great idea!

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    I usually add borders to make the quilt the size I want. So, I guess, it's really your choice. I would add a border on this one.

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    I can see a plain border with applique using all those fabrics.

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    What a great and unique idea! I'll have to remember that when I get to this pattern on my bucket list. I think the solid tumblers all around, and then a narrow pop of color for the binding following the angles would be stunning
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    You could a one more Tumbler in all the same colour all around the edge to form a border. You could either bind the edge with the angles or cut the edge straight going through the last row of all one colour tumblers.
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    There is a tutorial on this on MSQ and she puts a border on it but I forgot how she did it.

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    I think Tartan's idea of framing the scrappy tumblers with a a solid or coordinating small print tumbler border all the way around is great. Then bind the shaped edges in another contrasting color.

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    I think one solid border color would look great. Just me but I think darker would work. Like the darkest patterns if you have enough. Darker would make the colors pop!

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    I like it with borders. You may want to,add another row of tumblers all around the quilt. Great job.

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    Test it. Even if you don't have the perfect fabric for a border, if you have something close, lay it down under the quilt top, maybe just on 2 sides. Compare the sides with the border and without. Stand back, look from different angles, walk away for awhile and look at it again. Personally I like it as it is, but it has to be what you like.

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    It's up to you, for some reason I like it without, looks fine. Lots of god suggestions, let us know what you decide.

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