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Thread: Frustrated to the max!

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    The ripper is an old friend. If your unhappy with the looks you are right in ripping it. If you still like the material from Connecting Threads then try finding it on fabric.com as they often have out of stock material. Good luck.
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    I feel your pain. I once did a pieced border for a KING size quilt, hated it as my measurements were off because I didn't take into account all the bias edges of the key-west block. So, I let it rest a couple of days, then spent TWO DAYS ripping it out, then set it aside for a long time before deciding that a plain black border would look best to go with all the fabric in the quilt that had a black background, and it turned out nice. I had made the quilt for my husband for our 25th wedding anniversary, however, it "aged like fine wine" for10 years before I finished it,but I did finish it, and I really liked the plain black border, especially after quilting it witih a cable quilting design. Now if I could just figure out a way not to let my projects "age" so long, I'll be all set. LOL. If you don't think the second fabric you chose isn't right, take it out, give it a couple of days, then make a decision, it will all work out.

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    Well all I can say is let er rip and varroooooooooooooom .. LOL (cuz I don't wanna go to my cellar as its cold dark and dirt~!LOL).

    Good Luck in whatever you decide to do!
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    How frustrating, I have a quilt like that, and so it sits borderless till I figure out a solution. I have a friend that appliques over areas of a quilt that she thinks is dull, and they always turn out beautifully!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjbaxter View Post
    How frustrating, I have a quilt like that, and so it sits borderless till I figure out a solution. I have a friend that appliques over areas of a quilt that she thinks is dull, and they always turn out beautifully!
    Guess I should have read page 2! Sounds like you have a hubby like mine, he is excellent when it comes to blocks and colors, which is funny since he is color challenged - not color blind, but close!
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    How about trying to over dye the fabric to blend better? If you aren't happy with it you don't have much to loose...JMHO
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    I had a similar experience with a quilt. I didn't unpick the border off, but instead, made a skinny border and then added color on the outside border to liven it up, and the neutral little strip, kind of separated what was going on in the center. Easier to trim, than to unpick.
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    Yeah, I hear you about the venting thing, but excuse DH because he's trying to be helpful and sympathetic. And sometimes he's right.

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    Could your helping husband photocopy a piece of the material on that fabric material for photocopiers. Sorry about lack of proper names. I saw a street map done with the owner of the quilts house marked so doing a sample of material should be possible.
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    Why don't you try just a bit of appliqué on those borders? If you're not good at appliqué, to can be raw-edge. Amazing how a vine or some berries or holly make a border beautiful.

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    Pieced border

    Sometime what I do if I don't have enough border fabric, is sew a small "strata" of some of the interior fabrics, generally about 1" wide, and the cut it as wide as the border and add them between the larger border pieces. It ends up looking like a "design decision" and not that I've run out of border fabric.
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    can you tea dye it to look like it belongs more? Oh and applique is a great idea too!!

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    The cream boarder has been removed and is packed away snuggly with the rest of the stash, similarly colored. Am now waiting for CT replacement boarder fabric to arrive. When I was on such a creative roll, I took most of the unused scraps and made a large lap quilt so I'm plugging away on that, adding the final sashing. I just need to be patient for the replacement boarder fabric to come, but you all know how that is, the heart wants what the heart wants! If this is the biggest hurdle in my life, I'm one lucky woman.

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    So sorry that your quilt didn't turn out the way you wanted.
    I hate to rip, too, but in the long run, when we rip out and redo, we end up with the way we want it.
    Wishing you peace in your day! May it get better!

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    What a good idea Quiltmom04. Thanks for posting that. Good idea for the rest of us.

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    Glad you're able to change it. I've found that if I don't like it before it's quilted, I won't like it after it's quilted either!

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    So sorry you are having this trouble. Lots of possible suggestions on here if you're up for listening. Good luck!

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    I understand what you are saying about advice from a well-meaning hubby......sometimes I want to smack this one.....like, I aw sewing away, he comes up, looks over my shoulder and tells me that the borders are not quite even, on the sides................that is NOT what I wanted to hear from him, or anybody else, for that matter.......it is NOT going before a judge, NOT going to a show, NOT going anywhere that anyone will really care........so DONT tell me things like that, I dont wanta hear it............
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    Sometime what I do if I don't have enough border fabric, is sew a small "strata" of some of the interior fabrics, generally about 1" wide, and the cut it as wide as the border and add them between the larger border pieces. It ends up looking like a "design decision" and not that I've run out of border fabric.
    Beautiful quilt and excellent idea.

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