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Thread: New ideas for borders

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    New ideas for borders

    This is a quilt that is pieced and on my design wall, no borders yet. Since the design is busy I think that solid borders work better but I also realize this isn't very exciting. What would you do?
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    I like what you've shown here.

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    It's beautiful just the way it is!!

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    Probably keep it the way it is, beautiful! But if you are dead set on a different border, what about bigger squares that match the little ones?

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    I'd probably find a great floral or add floral appliques to the border.

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    I like it. A plain border will give you an opportunity for some nice quilting that will show up great.
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    It does look beautiful the way it is!!!!

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    Personally, I think the borders have too much visual weight for that center. They're dense and heavy looking. The center is light and airy in both color and pattern, the borders should evoke the same feeling not weigh it down. No criticism intended, you asked.
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    I like the border you have chosen. I thgink it gives it balance and your center is the focus.

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    I think you need the plain border to calm the center down. If it were my quilt, I'd want all the attention for the gorgeous pieced center.

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    i like it the way it is... but if you are not happy, that is what counts. my suggestion is to add curves to it... perhaps with appliqued flowers or leaves on vines, or perhaps a scalloped border.
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    How about:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scissor Queen View Post
    I'd probably find a great floral or add floral appliques to the border.
    I think it's ok to leave it as is ... but I like Scissor Queen's suggestions for floral appliques.

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    Just a thought . . . I think I would finish the stars at the edges of the center . . . then add a border of the background for float . . . then add borders. Name:  KK_1.JPG
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    Love the bright purple border. I like your original design.

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    Maybe it's just me but I don't care for that purple addition - all my eyes see is that purple border & not that beautiful pieced top. I might suggest a plainborder with some fabulous quilting designs on it - just my humble opinion. It is a lovely top. Hope you can find a solution.
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    Does it even need a border? Don't get me wrong- I put borders on almost every quilt I make. But think about leaving the border off and see how you feel about it. Or maybe a skinny border and a pieced border. There have been some good suggestions here- good luck with your quilt and be sure to post pictures of it when it's finished.
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    I'd probably leave it the way you have it designed and then do some special quilting in the border to make it stand out.

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    I'm assuming you can easily go in and change border colors, so you can try anything. How about leaving the skinny purple, but then making the wide outer border white - I think the border is too strong as shown

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    I would add 1-3 additional blocks like your cornerstone blocks evenly spaced to the outer border just to "jazz" it up but not make an entire border out of the blocks or any other fancy border. You also could jazz up the border with fancy quilting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarenK View Post
    Just a thought . . . I think I would finish the stars at the edges of the center . . . then add a border of the background for float . . . then add borders. Name:  KK_1.JPG
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    I love this idea!

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    Need it simple to tone down action of quilt. Your plan works.
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    i say go plane and make a design there when you quilt it. i think solid boarders are nice. and if you use a batik it will be really nice becauseof the texture. or even a tone on ton. just my two cents. post when you are done.
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    Love the original design!! At my house the border would need to be lighter so the dust bunnies under the bed wouldn't show too much.

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    I agree with LyndaOH.

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