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Thread: have border strips, what to put in the middle?

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    I made 4 braid strips. Approx. 90" x 7" when finished. I want to put a small strip to frame them on each side. They will be 10" wide. I want to use them as 4 strips, with 3 areas between (clear as mud?). But what to put between? Each section will need to be about 18" wide.

    Recipient wants a totally scrappy look. It needs to end up as a queen size. I don't really want to make more of these strips, although they are fun, they get boring.

    And- what color strip to separate- I was thinking of black.

    Also- a pic of my 2 small totes of scraps. I had fun pulling pieces out and making only 1 fabric chunk per strip. I didn't put a dent at all in the totes. I sorted triangles and squares into ziploc bags and whites and blacks separately for another quilt.

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    KEEP IT UP! LOOKS GREAT!

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    I see a lot of blue in the pieces so blue would be a good stripe IMHO. The stripy ones are one of my favorites and a great way I've seen them finished is with vines and scrappy flowers appliqued to the center stripes.

    Lookin good!

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    Love it! I think the black would be striking. Or, because I'm partial to red I think I might like that as well.

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    Looks good!
    Can't help ya with what to do with it........sowwy......

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    I think a cream or the light blue would be good.

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    Black or a dark blue, Or 3 different dark blues, one for each strip? and then maybe multi-colored/varigated thread for the quilting on them?

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    Black or blue would look great, whatever you decide would look good as you have done a fantastic job already. Your scrap collection is brilliant....I love scraps.

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    Thay are pretty Why put anything in the middle it looks good as a braded quilt top!

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    I vote for using blue.........that's what pops out to me when I look at it!

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    I think blue would be great.

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    I could see a dark mottled red or a dark mottled blue. I think one of those would keep it with the warm, fun feeling I'm getting from your braids. I think black would be too stark and wouldn't compliment the braids as much. JMHO

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    I love it, thats what Im goning to try but yous look so much more better then the one I got off the inter net

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    Why put strips. I like it just the way it is.

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    I might leave it without the strips. I think it looks stunning as is, with them braiding into each other. You could do piano keys or something as a big border around the whole thing

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    I love the look you've created and would sew these borders together....if you put a strip between each, the quilt will look "stripey" whereas now they blend so well. Then, why don't you do something different along the edges? I don't know what, but I'm certain someone on this board can help.They all seem so knowledgeable.

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    so sorry wrong discussion

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    This is really nice! I love the look of all the braiding. I would sew all the braiding together so the braiding is the main focus and put a nice border around it to frame it out for the top of the bed (maybe with some appliquing) and then so something different from the top down. Here's my thought. I see that's its already the length, have you thought about cutting it down to fit as a top and use the remainder for matching shams and pillows on the bed? Would be stunning.

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    It needs to fit a queen size bed. This bed is a double. It took me 3 days to do 4 strips. Maybe I should just keep going and make it all strips. Not like I don't have the scraps!

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    I would ask the person what her favorite color is or what color would co-ordinate with here bedroom. but right now I vote BLue

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    I agree with those that said blue but I would go with a darker blue that would make the lighter colors in the braid POP. I think black would be too dark.

    It's beautiful! Make sure you post a picture of the finished quilt so we can see what you decided.

    Cindy

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    Love, love, love it. Is there a pattern name. Would love to make one for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I see a lot of blue in the pieces so blue would be a good stripe IMHO. The stripy ones are one of my favorites and a great way I've seen them finished is with vines and scrappy flowers appliqued to the center stripes.

    Lookin good!
    I have to agree with Mad ... blue between the braids, maybe a patterned fabric if you don't want to do applique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbuchanan
    Love, love, love it. Is there a pattern name. Would love to make one for me!
    It's a variation of French Braid. This is simply "braid", I think.

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    Oooo...it's pretty!

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