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Thread: I need help. I ran out of fabric, now what?

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    Please tell me what you think. I haven't came up with anything. I was using material that I had in my stash. I went out and bought the green. I have more of the solid colors, but as far as the hummingbirds there is no way. This is just going to be a lap quit anyway. I was thinking 2 more rows on the bottom and 2 more on the top, so then maybe it wont look funny. I need to add to it, but am lost. What would you do?
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    Do I understand correctly.. you have enough to make two more rows and then you are out ? If so I would add to the top and bottom. If not call it a day and call it a lap quilt, either way it is very pretty ! GREAT job
    Sharon :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Do I understand correctly.. you have enough to make two more rows and then you are out ? If so I would add to the top and bottom. If not call it a day and call it a lap quilt, either way it is very pretty ! GREAT job
    Sharon :lol:
    I am out of the hummingbird material now. What you see in the pic is the last of it. I do have more of the solids though. I think it kind of looks funny cause its wider than it is long.

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    Are the birds all in such a way that you couldn't make the sides the top and bottom ? Just turn it ?

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    The other thing is to put thin borders on the sides but wider borders on the top and bottom . I am sure you will also get more suggestions :wink: LOL

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    If you have any hummingbird fabric left, I would recommend one more row across the side of the quilt that is on the couch seat so it is the same as the side across the back of the couch. (I hope this makes sense.)

    Next, add a tan border all the way around the quilt; and then add a wider dark border that compliments the hummingbird fabric.

    Or, add a tan border all the way around the quilt - followed by a green border - followed by tan - followed by blue - followed by tan, using the same dimensions as the colors in the quilt. Then finish with a black binding. (You could omit the last tan border, if it makes the quilt too large.)

    Hope I haven't totally confused you. :?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Are the birds all in such a way that you couldn't make the sides the top and bottom ? Just turn it ?
    No, they are all flying above the flowers. If I turn it you would be able to tell. Thanks for the border idea. I might just do that.

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    You could try adding borders of the solid colors to the top and bottom. Start with the tan and make them the same width as they are in the quilt. When it's almost the size you want, add a tan border around the entire quilt and bind it in black.

    Or, if you like how it looks without the tan border around the whole quilt, just omit that border and add black binding.

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    Beautiful hummingbird fabrics - nice solids with them. I see that it's directional.

    I would take the six hummingbirds off the ends (three from each end) and then I would use four of them to make the top look like the bottom. Maybe even another "end" row to make it "longer"

    Yes, I know this involves unsewing - then I would finish framing all the hummingbirds with a solid. Then I would stare at it for a while.

    I think after getting it "longer" than "wider" , you could start playing with borders. There are a lot of colors in the hummingbird print - so maybe adding one of the darker ones to one of the borders would work.

    Is this as clear as mud?


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    add borders using the solids. leave the shape as is. when it's not being "worn", it'll drape nicely across the back of the sofa or chair, with the birds flying upright.

    while being "worn", does it really matter which way they fly?

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    I would suggest a 2" border then a 4" border with solids and then bind it and call it a day........beautiful BTW!

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    I see the direction of the quilt and understand your feelings about it. I agree with the suggestion of unsewing. I would take three rows off one side and add them to the bottom. You will need to completely take them apart down to the blocks to be able to change the direction of the birds. After you are happy with that, you can then add as many borders as you want. I would even add another fabric with hummingbirds all the way around. This fabric can be of the same family of colors. There are tons of hummingbirds out there. Another thought and this is just me, I would add a small black border around it, add more rows with the different hummingbirds, and add another row of black this time a little wider, and so on, until my last row was black. I find that adding back is elegant (since the background of the hummingbirds is black) and makes it look like you planned it that way.

    When a customer ask me for a lap quilt I always ask how many laps.
    The general rule I tend to see is that single people ask for a lap quilt for one lap, therefore longer than wide, Newly weds and young couples ask for a large lap quilt to cover both laps, therefore square. Older couples ask for two lap quits, but looking exactly the same, therefore they are still toghether and connected, but each under their own space.

    Maria

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    Love the quilt!!

    Look at this -

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1-yd-Humming-Bir...3286.m20.l1116

    Is this your fabric??

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    I concur with the suggestions that call for undoing your rows and adding in additional work, particularly as Maride suggested. You have really pretty blocks and you should add to it, rather than just finishing off something you are not totally happy with.

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    Your quilt top is just gorgeous! But if you want to make it a bit bigger, I would suggest using the solids as a border.

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    I would just add the borders. This is so pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I see the direction of the quilt and understand your feelings about it. I agree with the suggestion of unsewing. I would take three rows off one side and add them to the bottom. You will need to completely take them apart down to the blocks to be able to change the direction of the birds. After you are happy with that, you can then add as many borders as you want. I would even add another fabric with hummingbirds all the way around. This fabric can be of the same family of colors. There are tons of hummingbirds out there. Another thought and this is just me, I would add a small black border around it, add more rows with the different hummingbirds, and add another row of black this time a little wider, and so on, until my last row was black. I find that adding back is elegant (since the background of the hummingbirds is black) and makes it look like you planned it that way.

    When a customer ask me for a lap quilt I always ask how many laps.
    The general rule I tend to see is that single people ask for a lap quilt for one lap, therefore longer than wide, Newly weds and young couples ask for a large lap quilt to cover both laps, therefore square. Older couples ask for two lap quits, but looking exactly the same, therefore they are still toghether and connected, but each under their own space.

    Maria
    That's cute about "how many laps"

    Another thought - maybe find a floral print that is compatible - and use that - or if you take it apart (some) start alternating the birds with the flowers and then on the last row, just use flowers.

    So that if B stood for Birds and F stands for flowers, the end result might be sort of like this

    F F F F F F
    F B F B F
    F B B B B F
    F B B B F
    F B B B B F
    F B F B F
    F F F F F F

    (Hope the grid stays when I submit this)

    You could do some figuring on graph paper to make it come out right

    May as well be as happy as you can be with it while it's still (comparatively) easy to change.

    The direction of the hummingbirds really is very subtle and I wouldn't have noticed until you mentioned it, but YOU know which way they are flying.

    (The grid didn't stay the way I submitted it at first, but maybe you get the idea, anyway)

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    IMHO, I would add a very narrow border of the dark color of the hummingbird fabric background. The dark narrow border will frame the quilt and give it a stopping place. Then a narrow border of the bightest pink fabric color then a wider border of the brightest purple fabric color. or vice versa. The pale colors of the solids of the rail fence block will get lost in a border. I would end with the dark fabric color as the binding. It's a very striking quilt!

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    If it were me....I would keep the fence rail squares the same and sub in a coordinating print for the bird squares. And try 2+ rounds like that so that it looks "on purpose". Then possibly end with a border of the coordinating print. Depends on how much it needs to grow. JMHO. It will be wonderful whatever you do. Love Humming birds!

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    I think it is great the way and size it is.
    Very pretty.

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    I would take one row off the side and add to the top of the quilt.
    This would make the quilt longer then wider.
    Then for additional L and W you could add 2 or 3 borders.

    Scrap

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    I would unsew the two left side rows and add the necessary bird squares to the bottom. It would make the layout symmetrical. Then you could add borders to your heart's content. It is a pretty quilt.

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    I just wanted to say thanks to everyone. I think I am just going to add the borders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eparys
    Love the quilt!!

    Look at this -

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1-yd-Humming-Bir...3286.m20.l1116

    Is this your fabric??
    that item is gone.

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    the thing about unsewing is that the fabric gets skewed out of shape. so even though it looks the nicest, is it really the best idea to take so many pieces apart? this is more than one or two pieces here. one solution may be to find another totally different fabric that coordinates and add the extra length top and bottom before adding borders. another might be to use the same solid colors in a different but coordinating pattern, like three rails across then three rails up and down, in two strips, top and bottom, before adding borders.

    what is the width of the quilt as it stands now and what do you shoot for?

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