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    HELP my 1st quilt

    I finally finished all the blocks for my very 1st quilt but have ran into a huge problem..what color to use for the sash & boarders . All the blocks are blk/wht with white stips like shown in the picture (sorry about the lighting) I was originally going to do white sash but don't like that idea now. So I am stuck! I'm thinking maybe a dark red?? I need your expert advice on this so I can at long last say I made my 1st quilt! BTW I need to make 5 more for each of the rest of my kids then it's on to one for all 8 grand babies. Each block is 12" square. Thanking you all in advance for your help.
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    I think you have a lot of color choices here: red, butter yellow, bright green, turquoise or royal blue, pink, burnt orange....I would try to lay several colors next to your blocks and I am sure one will speak to you

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    I'm no help but I sure like what you've done so far! Good luck with getting quilts made for all your kids and grandkids!

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    I like the table under it. Looks like a dark maroon. Especially towards the top. Lovely blocks by the way.

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    Or you could skip the sashing and sew the blocks together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    Or you could skip the sashing and sew the blocks together.
    I was going to suggest this, too. I kind of love how the corners would come together.

    Excellent job!

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    I really love black and white with a pop of color. Which ever you choose will look great. Be sure to post a picture when you decide. Good luck.

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    Gosh, those blocks are pretty! I could see it either way -- either no sashing, or most any color you like!

    If you choose a bright color, you could even use one color for the sashing and a different (also bright) color for the border -- for example, red sashing and blueberry or turquoise border. Or bright yellow/gold sashing and red border.

    If you want a quieter look, then I think a deep but not dull red would work nicely.

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    If this is for one of your kids, use their favorite color for the sashing. Black and white look great with almost any color. Great job on the blocks
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    Nice blocks and it would depend on who I was doing it for. If a guy, a acid green sashing might be my choice? A girl, maybe hot pink?

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    I'd go with a bright - a favorite color of whoever it will be for? Your blocks look great!

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    I almost think a purple would be pretty! It really just depends on who it is for, black and white will match pretty much anything!

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    Greeeeeen. I love green. :] I want to one day make a black and white and green quilt.

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    I would audition all kinds of colors and periodically pull the color away, look at what I had, and start over again eliminating some and reauditioning others. Constantly looking at a "no sash" possibility. Have fun. Please show pictures of your road to completion.
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    I'm all about the red. Black and white with red is classic. Beautiful quilt top!
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    Sashing is very forgiving if your lines aren't perfect. I would choose a grey sashing and then add a bright colour as posts.

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    What do quilters do? We lay different colors down till something goes, oh yeah, perfect. Now and then it ends up, oh well, this will do. Have fun, this keeps me out of trouble with the neighborhood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    Or you could skip the sashing and sew the blocks together.

    I agree. I would skip sashing too.
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    I think dark red would be a great choice. I really love your pattern.

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    If she skipped the sashing, that would mean more blocks were needed. Color is such a personal choice. I would love turquoise or red. But most importantly, what would your recipient like? How wonderful that they would have the opportunity to participate in the creating of their quilt. What colors are in their bedroom? Luckily black and white can pretty much go with anything. The color(s) you choose though will have a dramatic impact on the final look and mood of the quilt so do as others have suggested and try several layouts of blocks on different fabrics, even once you have decided color! If you have a design board that would help tremendously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by germanquilter View Post
    I think you have a lot of color choices here: red, butter yellow, bright green, turquoise or royal blue, pink, burnt orange....I would try to lay several colors next to your blocks and I am sure one will speak to you
    I think any of these colors would work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purple_butterfly View Post
    If this is for one of your kids, use their favorite color for the sashing. Black and white look great with almost any color. Great job on the blocks
    This was going to be my suggestion also - B&W looks good with anything.

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    Since all the blocks are black & white, pick your favorite color to sash them.

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    I like the idea of asking who you made it for what their favorite color is and then try some shades of that color next to your wonderful block.

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    I first want to say this is your first quilt? Wow! Amazing, well it looks like you have a variety of purple. What about a light purple like lilac or a soft pink. I agree with another post that suggest sewing them together.

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