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    I'm doing it backwards

    I was using a restaurant restroom and noticed some tile trim that would make a great quilt border. So now I have an idea for a border, but am stumped on what to do in the field. Here is the border. Any ideas on a block type that would look good. All I could come up with was to use it on a quilt with a lot of the beige background. Maybe something on point? Help, and thank you.

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    The colors remind me of sunflowers. Maybe you could applique sunflowers in each block. Nice looking border!

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    i'd be tempted to put a curved piece middle so the nice border stands out
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    That would make a great border.

    It seems perfectly reasonable to me to start with a frame and then look for something to put it around.

    If you do decide to go with blocks - you could just make them - and then use sashings and/or additional borders to "make them fit" inside your "frame."

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    Love the border!!! I don't have a suggestion but have also been inspired in bathrooms by their pattern on the floor.

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    Hold onto that pattern. One day the perfect block will come along and you will fit the two together. I see quilt patterns everywhere also. Tiles, architecture, old movies, it always reminds me that nothing is truly new. We just think it is. That's a great border pattern.

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    Alternate appliqued sunflowers with barn blocks. It also remind me a little of Indian corn. Appliqued scarecrows, corn, and squash.
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    My first thought was a medallion applique with a few different borders with this being the final one.....

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    LOL, I'm glad I'm not the only person who's taken a photo of restaurant bathroom tile! Fabulous find!
    I'm seeing harvest time wheat fields, barns.

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    I think I'd put a fabric that I love so much I don't want to cut it in the frame. The border design is very pretty. Maybe you could put large squares sashed the same as the border. Have fun!
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    I've started with the "frame" before too. I found an amazing children's animal print border fabric by J Wecker Frishe. It reminded me of the "Wind in the Willows" animals. I knew I wanted that to be a mitered frame around something. What I finally came up with was selecting several small prints with some of the colors from the Frishe border, and made a center of disappearing 4 patches. Turned out great and the center did not overwhelm the cool animal border.
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    What about finding some sort of a panel for the center. If I change the colors, it would work for my peacock panel.

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    Nice border, sorry can't help on the centre.
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    Ohhhhhh, nice border!! I'm sure you will find the right block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toverly View Post
    Hold onto that pattern. One day the perfect block will come along and you will fit the two together. I see quilt patterns everywhere also. Tiles, architecture, old movies, it always reminds me that nothing is truly new. We just think it is. That's a great border pattern.
    I agree..........

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    I think some are basing their comments on the color of the border. To look at more possibilities look at the picture in black and white and focus on the shapes. What shapes and patterns would enhance or detract from the "squareness" and structure of the border.
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    It looks to me that the way you have it laid out, with a 1" sized square that a 10" block would work best. Of course you can adjust the inner border to fit, but I might go to quilterscache.com and look at all the 10" blocks for inspiration.

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    The border is nice reminds me of a simplified Greek key pattern. If I were wanting the border to stand out as a big part of the quilt I think I would do some kind of medallion center w/ free space between the edge of the medallion and the beginning of the border.

    I have to ask though is it not bothering the beejeesus out of you that on such a structured border all 4 corners aren't the same?????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kassaundra View Post
    The border is nice reminds me of a simplified Greek key pattern. If I were wanting the border to stand out as a big part of the quilt I think I would do some kind of medallion center w/ free space between the edge of the medallion and the beginning of the border.

    I have to ask though is it not bothering the beejeesus out of you that on such a structured border all 4 corners aren't the same?????
    Yes, it does bother me, but I hoped I'd be able to determine a way as part of the final design to get around it. Maybe solid corner blocks or something. I can also rotate two of the blocks and the difference is not as obvious, as shown.Name:  Tile Borders.jpg
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    I don't think it will matter what you have in the middle. Anything will look great with that border.
    Personally I would just make sure there was a decent plain border between the blocks and the awesome border so they don't crowd each other, and would obviously use the same, or similar fabrics.

    Hope you'll show what you decide to do

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    And I thought I was the only one who did this in public restrooms!!haha
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    I saw a Dresden plate pattern with points instead of round edges made in 3 yellows with a brown center. I would post a link, but I saw this in person. It would really look good in that frame.
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    Oh good???? I was worried it was just me. lol This snail trail looks good.
    Quote Originally Posted by Quilting Chris View Post
    Yes, it does bother me, but I hoped I'd be able to determine a way as part of the final design to get around it. Maybe solid corner blocks or something. I can also rotate two of the blocks and the difference is not as obvious, as shown.Name:  Tile Borders.jpg
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    If you want the corners to match, then making the inner border wider or adjusting the block size/number should allow you to make it match.

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    I see just a basic Drunkard's Path.

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