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    Need suggestions on my 'ugly' quilt... please.

    This is the quilt-top I made a few years ago and have decided to quilt it for an upcoming benefit for my aunt and uncle who lost their home to a fire.

    This is the "Wind Blown Petals" pattern. I have never been at all happy with it. I classify it as the ugliest quilt I have ever made. Actually... I like the center part.....I'm thinking I need to change the borders as the entire quilt is so busy. Is that the problem?

    I truly appreciate your thoughts and suggestions to change this 'ugly duckling' to a striking beauty.
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    Looks fine.

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    I like the center also and agree that the borders need to be different. What about taking the green outside border and moving it next to the blue border and binding the whole thing with the fabric that is between the blue and green border. To me, the green border gets lost and all that is seen is the blue and floral border.

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    Everyone will have a different view so do it how you like it. For me I would replace the green border with the Yellow fabric. I just like a softer look. I really like the quilt & love the colors.

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    If you have more of one of the blue florals, I would remove the green or cut it back to a narrow border, and then put on another blue floral border. The center part is very nice, it is the green border that needs changing.

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    Thanks Ranchwife. I agree... I believe the center needs to be "framed" with a solid fabric. Perhaps the green.... or the dark blue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nena View Post
    Everyone will have a different view so do it how you like it. For me I would replace the green border with the Yellow fabric. I just like a softer look. I really like the quilt & love the colors.
    I agree! Also with multiple borders l like a "graded" effect. The flowered border looks the same size as the green. Depending on how big you need it, just remove the green border and bind it with either the blue or the flowers.
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    I agree it looks fine the way it is but would be better with solid border.

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    I agree that it would be better with a solid border. Nice job.

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    until i saw ranchwife's post, i didn't notice the green border on the outside. i think it's the problem. if the size is OK without it, i'd just take it off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    until i saw ranchwife's post, i didn't notice the green border on the outside. i think it's the problem. if the size is OK without it, i'd just take it off.
    What she said. It looked beautiful to me when I didn't notice that the green border existed. If you were going to make any change, I'd vote for a thinner binding of that dk blue in the center instead of the thicker green border.

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    I'd take the green border off and use it as the binding...I really like the quilt "buy" the way

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    I love it as is!!!

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    I didn't notice the green on the outside, I think it's too much. Take it off and bind it!!
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    I'm with QuiltnNan, I didn't notice the green border. I would just take it off. Otherwise the quilt is pretty. It just seems to me the green just doesn't go.
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    I guess your ugly is beautiful to someone else ... ME ... what is not to LOVE about this quilt. Leave it alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diannia View Post
    I'd take the green border off and use it as the binding...I really like the quilt "buy" the way

    Diannia
    Exactly, I didn't notice either ... a green binding would be lovely
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1 View Post
    If you have more of one of the blue florals, I would remove the green or cut it back to a narrow border, and then put on another blue floral border. The center part is very nice, it is the green border that needs changing.
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    I agree with the others- the green border is what is throwing it off for me. If you dn't need the green border for size, I'd pull it off and use the dark blue for binding. If you *do* need it for size, do you have enough of the fabrics to insert borders before the blue floral? I really like that as the final outside border, and would add the small yellow/florals as inner borders, and still bind with the dark blue.

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    I agree on I love the center but the flower border might be to much. go with a solid. maybe a darker blue that the light blue strip you have now. look good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    until i saw ranchwife's post, i didn't notice the green border on the outside. i think it's the problem. if the size is OK without it, i'd just take it off.
    I too thought the green was the background you were hanging on. If size isn't an issue I would take the green off, I know it is in the quilt but maybe use it for binding?

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    ooooh sorry did not see the great. everyone is different but you could take the green abd flowers off and put a solid blue. to me the green is out of place. still love the quilt
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    until i saw ranchwife's post, i didn't notice the green border on the outside. i think it's the problem. if the size is OK without it, i'd just take it off.
    I agree with this also. The green border just gets lost.

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    It's a beautiful quilt. The mossy green in the center is a nice contrast but I'm not crazy about it as a border. I think if you removed the green border and left it like that it would be perfect. Or if you wanted to replace the green border with something else, I think if you could find something a similar color to the darkest blue would be lovely.

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    The blue in the outer border is a warm blue whereas the blues in the center are cooler. Likewise with the yellow - it is too bright for the slightly greyed out version in the center. It is beautiful though. You did a great job. Lucky it's just the outher border that is giving you grief, huh?
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