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Thread: Help with borders please

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    Super Member woody's Avatar
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    This is a quilt I am making for my DD. It was a kit that I bought but I would like to make it longer. At the moment it is 57" x 49" and I would like to add about 12" to each end.
    I made the strips using all the corners that I chopped off so I don't have any more of those fabrics available, they are 4"wide.
    The second photo is of 3 batiks I have in my stash.
    My question is, how would you do borders just to increase the length of the quilt and what colour/colours should I use. I was thinking of using 1 1/2" strips of the 3 colours on either side of my rainbow strip, but I think it might be too busy. I could buy another colour (as if I need an excuse to go fabric shopping lol) but which one? (DD likes the blues and green more than pinks and purples)
    Any suggestions would be appreciated as DD wants her quilt, as it's starting to get cold here LOL

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    Pretty quilt top :D:D:D

    I would put a row of the purple, then the pieced strips and then a row of the green on the ends. Then use the blue for a border all of the way around.

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    It's gorgeous! Love that pieced border too!

    I think I'd put a narrow green border around your small pieced border, then another blue border on top/bottom to make it longer. If you want to make it wider, I'd use the same blue as the last border you used for top and bottom.

    Here's a picture to illustrate what I mean about the narrow border on either side of the pieced section. Where the yellow is would be where you put the pieced border.
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    First the quilt is gorgeous!! Since it looks like you only have enough to go down the sides, what if you broke up the blocks and make side corners with them. Any left over you could sprinkle in the sides. Like a pieced border. That way you could expand it and use one of the other colors as a framing border and then do the pieced then end with a larger border. Say put a 1" green frame border, the the pieced border with the blue and finish with the purple for the outside border. :-D

    Or are you just wanting to add length? If so, then the picture above is a great example.

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    Beautiful work! I vote for scattering the little squares around the edges, but I like the row quilt, too.

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    Beautiful quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Pretty quilt top :D:D:D

    I would put a row of the purple, then the pieced strips and then a row of the green on the ends. Then use the blue for a border all of the way around.
    I agree.Nice quilt!!

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    IT definitely needs a solid in between the quilt and that busy border.

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I think I will un pick the border and just have single pinwheels scattered around. I'm still playing with it at the moment. I'll post an update when it's done.

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    Great! I look forward to seeing what you have done!

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    It's gorgeous, no wonder she's in a hurry.

    Your fabrics, each of them, will look great no matter where or what order you put them in.

    Have you decided or have a leaning to what you want it to be in the end yet?

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    What do you think of either of these two ideas??? The pinwheels on the top and bottom and a plain small blue border down the side. (I don't want the quilt much wider than it already is) The on point will be harder for me to do but I think(???) I could figure it out
    Sorry about the photo but DH has taken the kids camping and taken the decent camera.

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    Just my opinion, but I think the pinwheel blocks detract from the main quilt. Your eye just seems to lock on those little squares and you lose the awesome braids on the quilt. I think I would just use the plain colors, one wide section of green on top, one of purple on the bottom and then a border of blue all around.

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    Cool idea. I think to balance it a bit, I'd frame the braid with the fabric you choose to put around the pinwheels. I like them better straight on rather than on point. I'd also use the same amount on the top and bottom, maybe more random placed?

    It goes without saying, it's your quilt and it's got to make you happy.

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    Thanks for your suggestions. I'm going to chicken out and ask DD how she would like it after all it's her quilt. LOL.

    I like the braid on it's own, I wish it was just a bit bigger.

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    I think the pinwheels are cute, but I don't think I'd use all of them only maybe 1/2. Quilt is very cute!!

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