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Thread: Does it need more

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    Does it need more

    Hello. I just joined this board though I have read posts from it on many occasions. The question I have is concerning a quilt I am working on. I am fairly new to quilting. I'm concerned about the border of this quilt I'm working on. I stenciled it but I just don't know if that is enough quilting for the border. here is a close up of the border
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    Is that enough quilting? I think it is but I'm not sure. Oh BTW This quilt is being hand quilted. Blessings, Debbie Feavel Hand Quiltin Grammy
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    I think that would be perfect.

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    It looks wonderful. However, without seeing the whole quilt it is hard to tell if it is enough. How wide is the border and does the quilting fit the border or are there lots of inches left on each side? If I were hand-quilting, it would be more than enough.

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    The border is about 10 inches wide and the stincil is 8.5 I believe. The quilt has hearts and little hearts will be quilted inside the 12 inch heart blocks. It has a 5 inch area under the heart that has a name and birthdate embroidered and that is cross hatched. Then the sashings between the blocks have the same pattern as the border only in a smaller version. I would show you a picture but I can't seem to post a new one :-(

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    Looks great to me!
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    I think it looks fine! I have a respect for those that handquilt.... anything, let alone a full size quilt.

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    This is as good of a picture as I can get of the quilt and this was before I stenciled it. I hope it helps give you an idea of the quilt with this discription. The outer border is about 10 inches wide and the stincil is 8.5 I believe. The quilt has hearts and little hearts will be quilted inside the 12 inch heart blocks. It has a 5 inch area under the heart that has a name and birthdate embroidered and that is cross hatched. Then the sashings between the blocks have the same pattern as the border only in a smaller version.

    I do apprecite your thoughts on the border. I always seem to second guess myself. :-)
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    This is a lovely quilt and you've chosen a beautiful quilting design. I am also a hand-quilter. If this quilt is to be hung, I think your border is sufficient. If it is going to be used as a cover the edges will get a lot of wear and tear. I usually quilt diagonal lines, about 1 in. apart, not quilting into the design. Lots of extra work,but it does strengthen the border. Whatever you decide to, your quilt be lovely finished. Happy quilting!

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    Your quilt is beautiful and I love your quilting design. I also hand quilt sometimes and like scraphq's suggestions.

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    i agree, for the border, that is perfect!
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    I think it would be beautiful.
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    the amount of quilting necessary on any quilt is dependant on the chosen batting- some batts need to be quilted every 2"- others allow up to 10" between quilting lines= you need to check the batting you are using and see what it says in necessary. if using a batt with scrim (like warm & natural) you have plenty of quilting covered- if using hobbs heirloom you would need to add more (it requires quilting every 2") there are many different recommendations....check your packaging
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    The border that you choose looks great with your beautiful hearts - don't forget to post a pics when it is done.

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    It looks great!

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    The old rule of thumb was to place your hand over an area and if your hand does not touch the quilting, then you should do more. Mainly, this area should be less then 4" square or so. They used to judge quilts in this manner. Now it is a different story. If the quilt is going to be on a bed, then the top of the quilt where the hands use it should be quilted more. I hope this helps you to understand. I am planning to make a duvet cover to match my drapes and I think I will make the sides longer and quilt it every 1" or so in rows to help keep it on the bed. (My husband will appreciate this)

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    I disagree. From what I see in the picture and your description I am not sure there is sufficient quilting in the border. There appears to be a lot of open space in the border area from what I can see in the picture. I recognize the design in the quilting. If there is cross hatching in other areas the border may not have the same density of quilting as those areas. Check and see how much open space there is between the florwers and leaves. An inch is a lot of margin to leave in that wide a border. You might come in from the seam and binding and do a straight line about 1/4" to 1/2" to fill in some space and can adjust the stencil to add some more flowers or leaves as fillers.
    Again it is difficult to see in the picture and hopefully I have described it correctly.

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    It looks great!
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