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Thread: it needs something....suggestions?

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    it needs something....suggestions?

    I've made a quilt for a friend, and it needs....something.

    I'm thinking it needs an interesting border. Maybe just on the left and right side for added interest.

    Ideas? Thoughts? links to ideas would be even better! I'm very new to quilting, so spelling it out would be great.

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    You have highlighted the beautiful batiks well with black, now how about repeating some of the batik around the outside in a border? If you don't have enough of one of the fabrics for a border, you could do a pieced border, like piano keys or just square blocks. Sometimes the border really "makes" the quilt.
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    How are you planning on quilting it ? it looks good to me - love the way the black frames the batiks, I would worry about too much on the edge pulling the eyes away from the inside- does that make sense ?
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    I would make a scrappy binding using all the fabrics that you used in the quilt except the black. I did a quilt similiar with different rectangles and used white as sashing and borders. I then used the fabrics and pieced them together for my binding and I felt that it really finished the quilt nicely.
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    Just playing around. Love to do applique but I really love your quilt as it is.
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    Love both the applique and the scrappy border/binding ideas. Lovely fabrics btw.

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    I'd like a scrappy border with that, re-using the batiks. As long as the border pieces are smaller than the 'main' then I don't think it would compete and detract, I think it would enhance.

    And what you've done so far is lovely
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    I think that a piano keys border with the batiks would look just great. Any way to get some of that colored out to the outside would help bring the black kind of into the quilt rather than being the "outside". Looks great though.
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    I think just a scrappy binding and quilt the black with a varigated thread in the same colours as the batiks. Very pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    You have highlighted the beautiful batiks well with black, now how about repeating some of the batik around the outside in a border? If you don't have enough of one of the fabrics for a border, you could do a pieced border, like piano keys or just square blocks. Sometimes the border really "makes" the quilt.
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    I think flying geese for the border would be nice black with the batkins as the flying geese.
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    I would keep about a 2" black border; then make a 2nd border by piecing 2" squares 1 batik-1 black- 1 batik - 1 black - alternating all around the quilt; then add about a 4" black border & bind it in scraps of the batik.

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    You could also use some bright thread in the sashing when you have this quilted.

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    It is very pretty. I think a scrappy border would finish it nicely.
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    Quilt it and if when you are done you still don't like it bailey mentioned applique` ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl View Post
    You have highlighted the beautiful batiks well with black, now how about repeating some of the batik around the outside in a border? If you don't have enough of one of the fabrics for a border, you could do a pieced border, like piano keys or just square blocks. Sometimes the border really "makes" the quilt.
    I agree with sewbizgirl. Your quilt would pop by bringing the colors of the batik blocks into a surrounding border.
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    It could make it more interesting if you changed the scale and direction of the batiks when putting them into the border. Another idea might be to alternate thin strips of batik and black stripes around the border?

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    Fun quilting with a cool motif will definitely fit the bill! I would make a piano key border with scraps from the fabrics used in the quilt.
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    I love the applique on the quilt, and then use the piano key border with scraps from the quilt fabrics would really finish it off nicely.

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    Maybe quilting swirls and curls in varigated thread in the black would soften the black.

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    My thoughts would be to reduce the outside border to the same width as the black between the rows, add a piano key border, and then use the black again for the outside, and bind with the black.

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    If you don't have enough for a border, how about at least prairie points of the various colors-or others-they will look like they belong

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    A lime green border would make this pop. TKs. GiGi

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    I like the idea of a piano keys border, in 1 1/2" slices,about 5" wide. I wonder how it would look if you trimmed that outside black
    down a bit, like to 1 1/2", then bordered it. if you keep the wide outside border, applique' vine would look nice.

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    I like the applique - you could also applique big, tall flowers - they seem to be popular these days.

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