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Thread: Looking for border suggestions

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    Looking for border suggestions

    I just put the last piece on this quilt top and am ready to start auditioning borders. I am totally blank, can only think of adding a purple border. I am open to any other suggestions....

    It is a bit hard to tell, but there is a one inch continuation of the sashing all around the part I have done.

    What might you do it this was your quilt? Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Very pretty - if it were mine, I'd finish it the way it is (no border).
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    I agree I like it simple w/o the extra border. I wouldn't add any unless I was needing size, even then I'd be more apt to add another row or column before a border.
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    I'm not a "scrappy"type quilter but I think if it were mine and I needed to add a border to finish to a desired size I would audition one made from all the fabrics I used in the design. I think my first possibility would be differing lengths pieced together diagonally with a small consistent piece from the sashing fabric acting as a "cornerstone" in between each pair of diagonally cut pieces. Am I making any sense? Sorry really tired tonight. My 1st choice would be no border if not needed to reach a certain size. Beautiful quilt!
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    I might do a border with the "filmstrip" look. Little squares of the jewel tone colours separated with equal size white squares all the way around the quilt and then a solid border. It is pretty the way it us now also.

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    I think, if the size is what you like, I would not use a border. Perhaps just another white strip around and then the white binding. It's a beautiful layout! ...and the colors are really nice.
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    i like both cybrarian's and tatan's suggestions. great quilt!
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    Just the way it is....or if need larger....piano keys around it with white interspersed

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    Lots of great suggestion but what size do you want this quilt to achieve??
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    Really pretty quilt. Usually like borders but if it is right size then a white strip and bind in white. If it isn't big enough, then I would opt for wider white border and let the colors sing as they are now.

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    My first thought was piano key border, then I read Tartans idea and loved how it would mimic what's going on now yet be different.

    However your quilt is beautiful and really does not require a border to finish it like some do.
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    Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought of no border at all. Will have to think on that. I like the other ideas too. Time to do some experimenting. I would like it just a bit wider.

    Dina

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    Beautiful quilt first of all. I like the idea of the film strip border using the colors of the squares in your quilt and I think that would make it have an overall look. Please post a picture with whatever you decide for a border. It is your quilt and you have to feel comfortable with your decision.

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    If you want it a bit larger here is what I would suggest:
    I would use the dominant fabric in block 6 for a thin frame ( maybe 3/4" finished) and then a slightly wider ( maybe 2 1/4" finished) use of dominant fabric in block 14 and miter the corners...then bind it in the darkest color you have left in your fabric choices.

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    I've nothing to add to what has already been suggested - just wanted to say it is a really pretty quilt (with or without borders )
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    Unless you need a border for extra size, I'd leave it as is and just use whichever purple you prefer as the binding.

    If it does need to be larger then I'd go with one of the "medium" purples as a border and finish with white binding.

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    It's a lovely quilt. If it were mine, I would add a four inch border using the darker blue in the block in the lower left hand corner. I love purple and have made several purple quilts, including one called "The Purple Cow Quilt," but purple is hard to fit into most decor. I think the blue would be easier to use. And I always want an inner border and at least one other border to frame the quilt. froggyintexas

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    I like it the way it is, but if I wanted to add a border I think I would try to find a print with the blue and purple in it.

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    I would probably use a thin border of the darkest green and then a wider border of that dark print. I think borders frame a quilt and I generally use at least one.

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    I'd use the dark purple to border it. It looks great just as it is.

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    I would use the dark purple..It will frame the quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggramma View Post
    Very pretty - if it were mine, I'd finish it the way it is (no border).
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    I would use 4 I inches of the blue and purple floral fabric you use din some of the blocks.

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    I really like it too. If it needs a border for size, I would go with the darder purple or the darkest blue, depending on who it's for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doggramma View Post
    Very pretty - if it were mine, I'd finish it the way it is (no border).
    Ditto. It's just right.
    Last edited by Greenheron; 12-27-2014 at 02:11 PM. Reason: typo

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