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    Help with border

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    Any suggestions for a border for this quilt? Its my first quilt, all hand stitched and hand quilted

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    Do you need a border? It's beautiful as it is and it's all done being quilted. Just bind it and call it good! Your dark purple would make an awesome color to bind it with.
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    If you need it larger I would go with the light green. Beautiful quilt!! Are you sure this is your first quilt????

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    The modern way to finish it would be to just bind it off and call it good. I love that this is your first quilt. What a great job you did on it. Lots of techniques are in this top.
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    Lovely quilt! If you need it bigger, I might look for a large floral that has purple, lavender and green on a cream background and bind it in purple of green.

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    Exactly like Tartan mentioned above. Gorgeous quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    Do you need a border? It's beautiful as it is and it's all done being quilted. Just bind it and call it good! Your dark purple would make an awesome color to bind it with.
    my thoughts exactly
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    Congratulations on your 1st ... of many!
    Beautifully done ...... and amazingly all hand stitched and hand quilted.

    I agree with the others ... no border needed here.
    Let the binding frame it off in one of the darks ... purple or the dark green.
    Both would contrast nicely with the lighter shades of the individual block borders.
    Which would coordinate and/or contrast the best with your backing fabric?
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    Is this a QAYG quilt? I thought I saw seams for the batting. Awesome job!

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    Beautiful! Those colors and hanquilting are a good combination! One quilt shop owner told me she didn’t see many borders at quilt shows/markets this past year. Rather the bindings were the finish. Unless you need it to be larger, just bind it and be done. It is gorgeous!
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    The medium green and then some of the deep rich purple. Great job by the way. It looks wonderful.
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    Beautiful first quilt. Mine didn't look anything like that, but I still love it. "smile"
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    Beautiful. If it were mine I would use the cream/off white for a border.
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    All really good recommendations given. It's really personal preference at this point. However, not sure what your backing is so you may want to consider just using the same fabric for a border and bind it in contrasting color. Great job for a first quilt. Very impressive..
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    Oooo, did y'all notice those pretty miters on the sashing around the blocks? Very nice job!

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    Thank you for all your lovely compliments. To answer the questions, the backing fabric is a tonal off white and it is a QAYG quilt. My teacher likes that method for beginners because you don’t get bored by doing all the quilting at the end. My teacher had suggested a fabric to frame it and then a pieced border but I was overwhelmed by choices and don’t have a class for a while so that’s why I came asking for help.

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    I usually add my borders before I sandwich the quilt. If you add a border now, you may have to piece your batting and back to fit. But I think it looks great as is - love the way you did the sashing! Just add a binding and you can move on to a new project. Nice hand quilting, too!

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    Your quilt is absolutely beautiful and so nicely done in every way. There are lots of choices for finishes and it comes down to personal opinion. If you choose to go ahead with a border you might consider the print that is used in the blocks and bind with the fabric that is used for the frames in the blocks. I also think others have made great suggestions for you to consider. Please show us your quilt again after you decide. I think you have a great quilting future because you have had a great beginning.

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    Are you sure this is your !st quilt???? It's just beautiful! Love your color choices also. As for the border, I'm like you, I like borders. I'd go with Tartan's suggestion of a floral fabric with those colors, then bind in green or purple (my preference, just in case you're asking).
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    I personally don't think what fabric you used for the "back" would in any way determine your binding, I also think, unless you are doing a 'quilt as you go' technique, adding a border now that you have quilted the top, might be a bit tricky...adding batting and backing along with border.....so in my mind I works bind it in the dark burgundy and that will act as a frame for your beautiful 'first quilt'. Congrats!

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    no help here....but your quilt is beautiful!!!

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    We had a speaker at our guild, who said that your border color should be the color you want to bring out in the top. She even proved it by showing us with duplicate quilts that had different borders!
    For example if you want to bring out the deep purple in your top, then use the deep purple. If you want the green to pop, then use the green.

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    Love your quilt. I personally think borders are like a picture frame for our quilts, though some don’t need one. I would put various widths of your main colors as multiple borders.

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    I would put a border around it of any colors that are not around the blocks so it would be a frame. Then add border strips to the size you want. I did a "ribbon" border on a panel quilt and it really finished it off nicely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggie_Sue View Post
    If you need it larger I would go with the light green. Beautiful quilt!! Are you sure this is your first quilt????
    ...or the light floral bound in the dark purple.....
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