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Old 02-27-2011, 05:58 AM
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I got myself involved in the pinwheel challenge here and now am perplexed as to what to do for the left and top borders on the quilt. The pieces in the picture are the general idea, not necessarily in the order here. The pinwheels are made from 5" print charm pack and the co-ordinated borders from a solid charm pack. I like the mixed sashing and right side and bottom, but have no idea what to do on the left and top. There are not enough solid charm pieces to match the pinwheels on those places and I really don't want any of the blocks to have the color border on three sides anyway. Help! :-(

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Old 02-27-2011, 06:23 AM
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I'm not sure if I understand correctly, but if I do and you don't want color on the left side and top, why not use the fabric you used for the background?
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:27 AM
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Not sure either, but I would use whatever fabric is left, randomly pieced and use it as the border.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:27 AM
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can you find a primary multi color for the borderd or is that not allowed in the challenge? I love your colors and the piecing looks perfect. Do you have any scraps left? There is a great free site ...quilterscashe.com/B/Borde.rs that has several ideas you could use for piecing a border. please post picks when our done . It is already beautiful
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I think that they are really cool right now. it is like an attic window. and if you use a brown or black for the boarders that would be really cool.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:37 AM
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Sorry if I'm not clear. The bottom of the picture is the left side of the quilt. The right side has the mixed colors of the solid material. Can I get away with no left border or a border of the background material? Would this look lopsided?
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:40 AM
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I like your idea to leave it as it is and just use the background material if you want a border. I don't think it will look lopsided. JMHO

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Sorry if I'm not clear. The bottom of the picture is the left side of the quilt. The right side has the mixed colors of the solid material. Can I get away with no left border or a border of the background material? Would this look lopsided?
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:44 AM
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Maybe you can find some coordinating fabrics and piece them together for the left and top.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:49 AM
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Looks like it's this challenge:
http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-96494-1.htm ...doesn't look like are any specific rules, just make a pinwheel quilt.


Those blocks are wonderful. I know you said it was from a 5" charm pack, put how big is the finished block?

(Your picture isn't really clear as to the colors (BG or PW) so I'm not trying to match up exactly):

If those blocks were mine ...I would go straight to a great border....something like this
(which I happen to have sitting right next to me - if you want a strip to try, PM me your address):
http://www.mountainviewquiltshoppe.c...es=0&lastmenu=

or a funky stripe:
http://equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi...16111307504.1f

You know, something with pizazz. (And more of the plain background, I think, will just make it.....meh.)

Maybe the width would be 1/2 the size of the block measurement. You don't want it to overpower the blocks. And I don't think I'd even bother with a smaller inner border.

The other thing I would do is to turn the whole thing around so the matching sashings are to the left and bottom, but I suspect that has more to do with my own anal retentive condition than your layout. ;) :roll: ;) :roll: ;-)
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Originally Posted by pkary
Sorry if I'm not clear. The bottom of the picture is the left side of the quilt. The right side has the mixed colors of the solid material. Can I get away with no left border or a border of the background material? Would this look lopsided?
I think it would look great either way!
I would probably use the background material for the left and top border.
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