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Thread: Need ideas for "Dogs on the Beach" Attic Window quilt: final borders

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    Need ideas for "Dogs on the Beach" Attic Window quilt: final borders

    I could finish this little attic window quilt as is but want to add a narrow border (maybe 1") then about a 4" final border in order to make it bigger (it's now 60 1/2" square). I'm thinking of red for the narrow border (there's some red in the dog images) then a blue to match the blue in the dog images--you can see it in their sunglasses, etc....... or maybe a dark gray, though what this quilt seems to need is more color, not more neutrals. I thought of black for the final but think it would be too stark...and it's yet another neutral. I now regret using the light tan for the window "frames" (sashing) and wish I'd used red or black instead, but when I auditioned the lighter color it seemed to work against the darker "sills". Live and learn! I'm certainly not ripping anything out and doing it over; I'd start from scratch again first.....and I'm not doing that either. Apologies for the lack of sharpness in the full photo, not sure what happened. The closeup is my audition of sashing; I include it to show the dogs in the windows better. Thanks for your suggestions or comments!

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    Red and Blue would look good. Also have used this fabric, and navy and rust look good with it. I love your quilt!!!!!

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    I like the idea of a small red inner border but am thinking that you need the other border in a "neutral" maybe a gray? My other thought for the outer border is a white with black spots, not a polka dot but one that mirrors the dalmation look.

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    I like the idea for red for an inner border but I think the outer border should be dark brown to go with part of the window! Just my opinion!! Nice quilt!!!
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    It is soooo cute! I think it needs a dark brown outer border.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    I like the idea of a small red inner border but am thinking that you need the other border in a "neutral" maybe a gray? My other thought for the outer border is a white with black spots, not a polka dot but one that mirrors the dalmation look.
    Oh, that's an idea! Thank you! Wonder how hard it will be to find a dalmatian like print!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltngolfer View Post
    It is soooo cute! I think it needs a dark brown outer border.

    I thought of dark brown, too, but thought it might be too much like the mottled brown of the inner frame.

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    What about a 1.5" red, then repeat the the 2.5" tan, then 3.5 blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    Red and Blue would look good. Also have used this fabric, and navy and rust look good with it. I love your quilt!!!!!
    Thank you! It's intended for my DS and DIL who have a dog instead of a child (though I'm still hoping!) I hope it doesn't end up in the dog's bed but if it does, oh well......

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    What about a 1.5" red, then repeat the the 2.5" tan, then 3.5 blue.
    A good idea! Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mighty View Post
    Red and Blue would look good. Also have used this fabric, and navy and rust look good with it. I love your quilt!!!!!
    It's adorable fabric. What did you do with yours?

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    What an adorable quilt! Love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    Oh, that's an idea! Thank you! Wonder how hard it will be to find a dalmatian like print!
    Bug Fabrics has one here - go about halfway down the page, and then another about 3/4 down the page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alisonquilts View Post
    Bug Fabrics has one here - go about halfway down the page, and then another about 3/4 down the page.

    Alison

    Thanks for this link. Lots of very cute fabric at this site!

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    Why not make a matching dog bed quilt for their dog? It doesn't have to have the panels, just use whatever colours you finish this quilt with including the window frame colours. OTOH, if you do have a leftover panel, you could put it in the center of the dog's quilt along with the dog's name.

    Quote Originally Posted by mme3924 View Post
    Thank you! It's intended for my DS and DIL who have a dog instead of a child (though I'm still hoping!) I hope it doesn't end up in the dog's bed but if it does, oh well......
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    I would go with a narrow red boarder as a stop boarder. There is some red in the blocks. This is going to be a cute quilt.
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    cats on the beach

    I had an order for a quilt with the fabric only cats. I wish I had taken a picture of the whole quilt. Here is the block I used and then added the darker blue for the border.

    I like your sashing. The pattern I found didn't have that.
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    What about using a dog=themed fabric that picks up the colors of the windows?
    Laurie in NYC

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    i made a quilt out of this fabric for a friend's daughter. I bought red bandanas at Walmart and cut them and pieced them into a 1 1/2" wide inner border. Really turned out cute.
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