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Thread: I need help deciding about my Quilt

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    ANY ONE OF SUGGESTIONS WOULD WORK, IF IT PLEASES YOUR EYE, THEN IT IS GOOD.

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    THATS WHAT MY SISTER ALWAYS SAID.

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    I think the center and corners would an excellent choice and will look great.

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    I agree, that if they are evenly dispersed, it would look nice too.,
    Hancocks of Paducah, has a seafoam green that you might like.

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    My first response is, it's your quilt and there are no rules. You can do it how you like. But I understand how you might be uncertain as to what is the best thing to do.

    I had this same problem once, and I put a different fabric around the outside of all the blocks, and used the other fabric on the interior sashings (if that makes sense).

    Here's a picture if it helps. I used the floral on the interior blocks and the solid around the outside. Don't know if that helps with your quilt, but your fabrics and blocks are lovely. It'll work out beautifully regardless of what you decide to do.
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    I actually think that black or whatever color your butterfly bodies are made of, would pop the color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    My first response is, it's your quilt and there are no rules. You can do it how you like. But I understand how you might be uncertain as to what is the best thing to do.

    I had this same problem once, and I put a different fabric around the outside of all the blocks, and used the other fabric on the interior sashings (if that makes sense).

    Here's a picture if it helps. I used the floral on the interior blocks and the solid around the outside. Don't know if that helps with your quilt, but your fabrics and blocks are lovely. It'll work out beautifully regardless of what you decide to do.
    Wow! Your quilt is really lovely. It moves the eye across the field so nicely that I just want to soak it all in. Good job.

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    Your butterflies are beaut. but for my eye, the dark one looks out of place. Maybe consider using a softer one & save the dark one for another project. Maybe a pillow top or a wallhanging.

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    I think it would look really nice wi the green print/

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    Quote Originally Posted by irenecarter
    I need help deciding if it's ok to use another material to frame my blocks of butterflies. I started my framing with a mint green and ran out near the end. I need to frame at least five more blocks. I can't find any more of the mint so I found this print that was as close as I could get. My question is do you think I could put this around the middle block and on the four corners and make it look ok. This is my first quilt. I also wonder if I should quilt as I go using material that matches each butterfly as backing or should I send it out to be quilted?
    I wouldnot use that green since your quilt blocks are mint and that is a yellow green, you would be better to use a contrast and it will add some emphasis and make it look deliberate especially if you develop some type of pattern to the way you set the blocks. :D

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    I agree too that if you scatter the borders all around they should be fine this way.
    Let us know what you decide ok ay?

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    I think you made a good choice on the alternate fabric and the placement you chose would work out well. I would not send it out to be quilted but try something on your own. You did a great job so far why not give it the finishing touches yourself.

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    I would alternate a darker mediium tone and that white one gets lost so I would probably go around the outline with a med. or darker gray. You might add another color to the wings be it embroidered or some beads. That block is way too plain. Look thru your embellishments and jazz it up a little. You could do that with all the blocks on the wings. Just a thought. I do like the butterfly design.

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    Thanks for all your help. I wasn't satisfied with the butterflies, I think the fabrics are too much alike, but it's what I had. Anyway I found some scrap material with butterflies in it. I cut them out and placed them on the left corners of the blocks. I've changed my mind so many times on how to set them together, that I'm not sure at this point how I'm going to do it. I know the black one is way to dark for the rest of them, but it was my favorite material of all, so that's how it got there. All of this was made from material that I already had, except for the white. I thought I'd try this before I start something with really nice material and a special pattern. I can't begin to tell all of you how much it means to have your tasteful eye watching out for me. Again thanks

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    I think it would add even more interest to your quilt. Great butterflies.

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    I would choose another solid color, either another green or a yellow. As you said use the different blocks in the center and at the corners. This will look like you planned the quilt this way.
    Then use your green print as a narrow border.
    This will frame the quilt top.
    Then add a wider border in a great colorful print. :thumbup:

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    I haven't read all the replies yet, but how about this:

    Make the border (with the print) wider than the mint borders, to go around your dark butterfly and then add a small strip of the print to go between all the mint borders. That would isolate and frame your dark butterfly as the center, but tie in all the mint-bordered light butterflies. That would work if your quilt is only the 9 blocks that you have pictured.

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    I think there have been some great suggestions here. Isn't it great getting input from so many? Each person sees things a little differently, so it gives you a lot of options, and usually one or two really sync with your tastes too.

    Just wanted to say, that I think this is going to be one nice first project. You should be very proud of yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I'm a big fan of use what you've got. If you've got enough of that green fabric, USE it. I'm not a fan of buying fabric in circumstances like this. Pull from your stash and make it work, is my motto!
    I agree! I just love your butterflies!

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    I think the floral is too busy - suggest trying another pale pastel colour taken from your butterfly prints. You can arrange the different border print your wqay or alternate colours.

    Good luck!!

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    The nine blocks shown were only a part of the quilt. I have 22 blocks of the mint green and 8 with the floral. I'm thinking one in each corner, one on each side of the black butterfly and one above it. I'm thinking of adding a 5 in. border on each side since it isn't wide enough for a king bed, but it is long enough. The blocks are 5 across and 6 down.

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    Nice butterfly blocks. It is ok to use something dif in fabrics--makes it more interesting.

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    I would stick with a solid around each block. In looking at the butterflies, which are beautiful, I keep seeing the soft orange tones in so many of them. I think I'd go with that color to frame the ones that are not going to be mint green. It's going to be lovely no matter which option you choose.
    Hugs and smiles

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    Honestly, I think if you have something in mind and have heard all of the different opinions, you can do something that is suitable to your taste. I'd bet whatever you put together will be great. Be sure to let us see your final decision.

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    If you have some yellow, pink or blue if appropriate, use it and alternate it with the mint. I think the color should be different.

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