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Thread: Hey Scrappy Quilters...

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    Hey Scrappy Quilters...

    I am in the process of making a postage stamp scrappy quilt and believe me this is a totally new thing for me because I'm almost to anal to just grab any square of any color and add it to another square of any color. I have posted a picture of the pattern that I'm going to use. I'm planning on the diamonds being any and all color squares but what would you do for the white around the diamond. Would you use just white and white on white color squares and maybe cream colored? If you had a print that was predominately white maybe has some flowers or something on it would you use them in the borders? I know everyone says it is your quilt do it the way you want to but I need a little feedback. Also what kind of borders would you put on this? Right now it is 99 x 105. Would a simple 2" white border on the outside be enough or would it need more?
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    I probably wouldn't do borders. However, I'd wait until the top was done before making that final decision.

    The white parts depend on what kinds of colors I'm using. If my scraps were brights, I'd go with white or WOW prints. If my scraps were darker, more in the style of civil war repros, I'd use naturals or tans to soften it.

    Are you using scraps or yardage? I take it the diamonds are made up of your "stamps"? That will be so neat!

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    Your design reminded me of an antique quilt I saw at a show a year or so ago - hope it gives you inspiration!
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    You are very ambitious! Hats off to you, this is to tackle. Now that you said this, maybe I should be saving my small pieces for this...hmmmm

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    What is that background? Are you fusing to that?

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    I agree with what Peckish said - on a tiny piece "masterpiece" the borders will just distract IMHO.

    It adds a lot to a Postage Stamp quilt to add "paths" going through it - here is one we made. The "paths" were navy-white-navy.
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    All I can add is WOW!!! The antique one is breath-taking. Thanks for the photos Peckish. And ptquilts, I love the stripe in yours. They give my eyes a chance to rest. Good luck with your quilt Mobridge Mom.
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    I love the paths .So how do you go about getting them where they need to be? I am useless without a pattern ofr instructions

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    I would definitely go with black and not white.

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    If you are planning to use the diamond pattern in your posting, how will you fit squares into the diamond shape, or will you just put them on point?

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    Fun idea for your postage stamp scrappy! I'd go for using white-JMHO. For collecting more postage stamp squares, there is usually a swap of them here on the board.
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    If you are going for a vintage look , pick white or white on white or natural on natural for the accent. If you are looking for a more modern look pick black. Personally I am not a fan of black , in a quilt that will be used . Just my thoughts but black darkens the room. I know everyone thinks it ( black) makes colors "pop", but I think its becoming overused, and is most complimentary when all strong colors are used.
    As for using a white/natural with some colors , it would depend on the scale of the print. If you are cutting small squares , will some have more colors than background? If so don't use. I would use a mixture of white on white and cream on cream to give just a hint of dimension in this accent area and be consitant with a scrap design.
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    If it reads white or cream from 5-10 feet away, I would say use it. If you are cutting up larger pieces, check each cut square. Some might actually have more colour that background. The picture in my mind is with each block having similar coloured squares. For example; a square with mostly reds, a square with mostly yellows, etc.

    I love the antique quilt with the black borders. Barb, yours is amazing. Can't imagine how much time went into planing and sewing that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    I agree with what Peckish said - on a tiny piece "masterpiece" the borders will just distract IMHO.

    It adds a lot to a Postage Stamp quilt to add "paths" going through it - here is one we made. The "paths" were navy-white-navy.
    I love the look of this one
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    I would do black instead of white. Have you thought about that?
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    Have to tip my thimble to you! I admire anyone that tries a project of this size, small pieces, it will be beautiful! The antique one that was posted is a really good inspiration. Good Luck and keep posting as you go along the journey.
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    I think I'd go with something darker, maybe not black, but an almost black, dark gray. I like your layout design. I think having a color run through like that really makes a quilt pop. (As we can see in the pictures others posted.)
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    Thanks Peckish for the antique quilt, esp. the close-up pic. Wonderful inspiration, another to add to the 'bucket list'.Mobridge Mom, try out both dark and light or white and stand back from the fabric to see wwhich You like best. Good luck on your quilting adventure.
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    I saw what you want to do in a book from Australia.The borders were white and the diamond shapes were all a floral print very dense so the white was not a problem.They used a white muslin.
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    I see your point about borders and now I have one less thing to worry about.
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    I like this design too...crap might have to do another one.
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    I would use no borders. Just bind it off.

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    Very inspiring thread!
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