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    I am making this log cabin for my DD's 30th birthday. Once I lined up the blocks, I noticed something is not right. I don't like that 2 sides have the dark brown (looks black) on the outside and 2 sides have the cream. Am I supposed to put a border around the whole quilt with a completely different fabric? or put another row of dark brown around the cream and then a border? maybe rearrange the blocks? H-E-L-P ...
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    I would put a border around the whole thing

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    I would put a dark brown border on the 2 sides that have only the white then border the whole quilt with another fabric. Looking good!!

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    Put the dark brown sashing around the 2 cream colored edges and then border the entire quilt. Possibly a thin cream border and then a dark brown border. It's very classic and lovely!

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    What if you change the sashing to a different color besides black. I think the black make the second brown stand out to much. It is just a thought, not a recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaside quilter
    I am making this log cabin for my DD's 30th birthday. Once I lined up the blocks, I noticed something is not right. I don't like that 2 sides have the dark brown (looks black) on the outside and 2 sides have the cream. Am I supposed to put a border around the whole quilt with a completely different fabric? or put another row of dark brown around the cream and then a border? maybe rearrange the blocks? H-E-L-P ...
    What about a border around the whole quilt of your center color to give it some pop and tie it all together? Also, if you want, you could try reversing half of your blocks so that you have a wide strip of cream in the center and you have the dark brown showing all around the quilt...just some ideas...play with it! Log cabin blocks are so fun to play with!

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    Do a search on here for log cabin quilts and consider another setting for your blocks. You can find a way to separate those dark browns and come up with an entirely different look.

    look here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2203

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia
    Do a search on here for log cabin quilts and consider another setting for your blocks. You can find a way to separate those dark browns and come up with an entirely different look.

    look here: http://www.quiltingboard.com/user_page.jsp?upnum=2203
    this is a great link for log layouts. what talented quilters we have here!

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    I agree with those who have said to add the dark brown to the remaining two sides and then add another border. In fact, I'd like two borders - the first would be the cream colored fabric in about the same width as the dark brown, and the outer border would be the brown paisley (I think it's paisley) fabric. I'd then bind it in the dark brown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I would put a dark brown border on the 2 sides that have only the white then border the whole quilt with another fabric. Looking good!!
    Me too. :) Very pretty quilt, there!

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    I agree with Suzi. Nice quilt!
    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    Put the dark brown sashing around the 2 cream colored edges and then border the entire quilt. Possibly a thin cream border and then a dark brown border. It's very classic and lovely!

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    I like the effect they were going for with the layout, from very light to very dark. I think the dark is just too dark. I would change it to a more subtle dark.

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    I would add dark brown to the 2 sides with white on the outside. Then a narrow red inner border. Then a wider border with the mustard-y color and bind with the paisley....thus repeating the progression you have in the blocks and pulling it all together.

    That being said....it's your quilt. Audition different fabrics and see what you like best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    Put the dark brown sashing around the 2 cream colored edges and then border the entire quilt. Possibly a thin cream border and then a dark brown border. It's very classic and lovely!
    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by seaside quilter
    I am making this log cabin for my DD's 30th birthday. Once I lined up the blocks, I noticed something is not right. I don't like that 2 sides have the dark brown (looks black) on the outside and 2 sides have the cream. Am I supposed to put a border around the whole quilt with a completely different fabric? or put another row of dark brown around the cream and then a border? maybe rearrange the blocks? H-E-L-P ...
    Rip that sashing out!! There are soooooooooo many interesting designs you can do with log cabing blocks!

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    I have only made one log cabin quilt but, here is what I learned. To make or change your lay out you need the same amount of blocks ie. 4x4 or 3x3 or 6x6 makes the best layout for a log cabin. I understand that the dark brown is not sashing from the picture and, pictures are not always color accurte, it might be too dark but I would not replace it. If it were me I would do as other have suggested and go ahead and add the rest of the dark brown a small light boarder and a wider dark boarder and as I always say " It is what it is." Your DD will love it and you will both be happy. IMHO

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    It is that way because of the placement. Other LG patterns give varied borders. I like this placement and would put a dark border on the other side. but having a two toned border is artistic and unique, No police here it is what You want to do with your creation. :)

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    If you are ok with changing your layout, you should be fine. I posted some photos of different log cabin layouts in this thread the other day--- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-161392-1.htm hth! :)

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    I would put a border around the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KR
    I would add dark brown to the 2 sides with white on the outside. Then a narrow red inner border. Then a wider border with the mustard-y color and bind with the paisley....thus repeating the progression you have in the blocks and pulling it all together.

    That being said....it's your quilt. Audition different fabrics and see what you like best.
    I agree with adding in some of that reddish color somewhere in the border. It would bring some brightness to the border. I love these colors, she will love it no matter what you decide.:)

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!

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    What about trying a different layout of the blocks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    Put the dark brown sashing around the 2 cream colored edges and then border the entire quilt. Possibly a thin cream border and then a dark brown border. It's very classic and lovely!
    this is what I would do!

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    Scissor Queen:
    That's not sashing; it's my 3rd dark. It's gotta stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Suzi
    Put the dark brown sashing around the 2 cream colored edges and then border the entire quilt. Possibly a thin cream border and then a dark brown border. It's very classic and lovely!
    Yep!!!

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