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Thread: Need ideas for scrappy border

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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    I'm still cutting out pieces for the Winding Ways quilt I'm working on, but I'll definatly have a bunch of leftovers. At the very least 2.5" strips from each of the 20-something green fabrics. I'd like to use the leftovers to make a scrappy border (if I don't have enough I can get like a filler fabric to make up for coming up short). Any ideas for a scrappy border?

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    I like the "piano key" border. You can use any many, or as few different colors as you like and it looks good.

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    I agree that piano key can add a beautiful and interesting finish to almost any quilt.

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    You can also do a crazy quilt border using adding machine tape as a base. It's a good way to use little bits.

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    a braid border is a neat look too.:)

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    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?

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    Just type "piano key border" into the search function of the QB (which you'll find at the top of the screen) and press enter. You'll find lots that's already been written about it and plenty of photos.

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    I saw a posting for several borders made with half square triangles, sorry I could not find it again, but that is a place to start?

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    I really like the piano keys border too. made placemats for my sister with this type of border and she loved them. sorry, no camera, so no pics.

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    I made a border of 2" strips cut at a 45 degree angle. Turned out really nice on my scrappy quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?
    It just means that you cut all the strips to whatever width you want the border to be (plus seams obviously) then join them randomly by their long edges until they're long enough to make the border. It supposedly looks like the piano keyboard. ;-)

    I think they look best if there's a skinny border to match the binding (preferably a darker solid fabric) between the 'piano keys' and the centre, so it's kind of framed. Otherwise it can look a bit messy. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?
    It just means that you cut all the strips to whatever width you want the border to be (plus seams obviously) then join them randomly by their long edges until they're long enough to make the border. It supposedly looks like the piano keyboard. ;-)

    I think they look best if there's a skinny border to match the binding (preferably a darker solid fabric) between the 'piano keys' and the centre, so it's kind of framed. Otherwise it can look a bit messy. :-D
    This is the EQ5 layout of the quilt. The greens are different than what I actually have and I decided to go with a solid black instead of a tone-on-tone. I'm digging the piano key border and I like your idea of putting in an inner border. I already have solid black so I'm thinking maybe I could use a tone-on-tone black for the inner border and binding so it doesn't blend in with the solid black and frame the quilt nicely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?
    It just means that you cut all the strips to whatever width you want the border to be (plus seams obviously) then join them randomly by their long edges until they're long enough to make the border. It supposedly looks like the piano keyboard. ;-)

    I think they look best if there's a skinny border to match the binding (preferably a darker solid fabric) between the 'piano keys' and the centre, so it's kind of framed. Otherwise it can look a bit messy. :-D
    The picture in my avatar is a quilt with a piano key border, as well as a thin separating border. I made the "keys" in my border scrappy as well, but usually each key is a single fabric. Here's the link, if you'd like to see it bigger- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134899-1.htm :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin in ME
    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?
    It just means that you cut all the strips to whatever width you want the border to be (plus seams obviously) then join them randomly by their long edges until they're long enough to make the border. It supposedly looks like the piano keyboard. ;-)

    I think they look best if there's a skinny border to match the binding (preferably a darker solid fabric) between the 'piano keys' and the centre, so it's kind of framed. Otherwise it can look a bit messy. :-D
    The picture in my avatar is a quilt with a piano key border, as well as a thin separating border. I made the "keys" in my border scrappy as well, but usually each key is a single fabric. Here's the link, if you'd like to see it bigger- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134899-1.htm :)
    Nice quilt! How did you finish off the corners of your border?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin in ME
    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?
    It just means that you cut all the strips to whatever width you want the border to be (plus seams obviously) then join them randomly by their long edges until they're long enough to make the border. It supposedly looks like the piano keyboard. ;-)

    I think they look best if there's a skinny border to match the binding (preferably a darker solid fabric) between the 'piano keys' and the centre, so it's kind of framed. Otherwise it can look a bit messy. :-D
    The picture in my avatar is a quilt with a piano key border, as well as a thin separating border. I made the "keys" in my border scrappy as well, but usually each key is a single fabric. Here's the link, if you'd like to see it bigger- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134899-1.htm :)
    Nice quilt! How did you finish off the corners of your border?
    Thank you! I'm actually leaving the four-poster cutouts just as you see them in the photo. When I eventually finish quilting it, I will bind it all in the red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristin in ME
    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Dumb question but what is a piano key border?
    It just means that you cut all the strips to whatever width you want the border to be (plus seams obviously) then join them randomly by their long edges until they're long enough to make the border. It supposedly looks like the piano keyboard. ;-)

    I think they look best if there's a skinny border to match the binding (preferably a darker solid fabric) between the 'piano keys' and the centre, so it's kind of framed. Otherwise it can look a bit messy. :-D
    The picture in my avatar is a quilt with a piano key border, as well as a thin separating border. I made the "keys" in my border scrappy as well, but usually each key is a single fabric. Here's the link, if you'd like to see it bigger- http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-134899-1.htm :)
    Nice quilt! How did you finish off the corners of your border?
    Thank you! I'm actually leaving the four-poster cutouts just as you see them in the photo. When I eventually finish quilting it, I will bind it all in the red.
    Never seen a quilt with the corners left out like that. But I like it!

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    look here for some ideas that will work with your quilt.

    http://www.quilterscache.com/B/Borders.html

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    I use the piano key border a lot. Here's an example - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23986-1.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    I use the piano key border a lot. Here's an example - http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-23986-1.htm
    That is gorgeous!

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    I'm not sure that piano keys is the best border for your beautiful quilt, because it is all straight lines. I think I would try to preserve the curves of the center portion of the quilt. This is one idea.
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