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    opinions requested, purple batik quilt borders

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, I haven't been on the board for a few months, but I have been busy. Last fall, I requested scraps of purple batiks and the response from the quilters on this board was awesome. Think I have enough to do 2 purple quilts. And the grands will love that, think they all love purple. Anyway, the blocks are set on an off white background, and have the same for the borders. I have gotten 4 blocks done, and laid them out on Friday, and thought that is really dull. So, today, when I looked at it again, I still had the same impression, so I laid out scrappy strips of purple and my husband agrees that the blocks show up better. So now I am coming to more experts for their opinions. Please let me know what you think.

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    Now this next one is with the purple borders.

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    I like it without the scrappy purple strips......think it takes away from the intricate quilt designs.....pretty tho'

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    I like the purple frame around the blocks. It seems to bring out more of the colors in your block designs. That will be really pretty when finished.

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    I like the purple borders, but think it would look best this way if there was a narrow cream border inside and then the purple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    I like the purple borders, but think it would look best this way if there was a narrow cream border inside and then the purple.
    ITA ... just use the same background fabric as you are using, to let the coloured designs float inside the purple sashings.
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    Love all the purples, and great designs!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    ITA ... just use the same background fabric as you are using, to let the coloured designs float inside the purple sashings.
    I agree with these combined suggestions! Looks great so far; keep us posted!

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    We're probably not going to be much help because we all have different views. It's probably the same with your grands. I liked it a lot without the purple sashing, but agree that having a light border before the purple sashing would float your wonderful blocks. My first thought was, Boy, that's a lot of work, but I guess a 3 strip sashing of light, purple, light wouldn't be so hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelinaMaria View Post
    I like the purple borders, but think it would look best this way if there was a narrow cream border inside and then the purple.
    I agree...beautiful blocks.

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    Love the blocks. Do you fmq? you could do some wonderful quilting if there were no sashing. I like how the blocks show up with no distraction with out the sashing. But you are seeing in person which makes such a difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    ITA ... just use the same background fabric as you are using, to let the coloured designs float inside the purple sashings.
    I also agree with this idea. Nice blocks!

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    So make one quilt with the white and floating blocks. Then the other with the purple sashing blocks. Luann
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    Beautiful blocks! Although I like them without sashing, I would also like the purple sashing if it was more narrow. They are too wide in the second pictures and IMHO distract from the lovely blocks.

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    I love purple and I love your blocks. Whatever you do, you'll have two beautiful quilts.

    With that said, I think I'd use narrow black sashing to really pop those purple centers.
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    The extra color really snaps it up. I love the new look. Go with it!
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    I don't think your blocks look dull at all! I am a purple lover, and either way you go will look quite good. I have gone back and forth between your pictures and can't pick a favorite.

    Just wanted to let you know your blocks are beautiful!

    Dina

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    I like the purple strips but would use just one fabric instead of several.

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    I love your blocks. For me, while I like the look of both ways, the wide look of the sash/border distracted my eyes from the beautiful block. If it were me, and I chose to use the border, it would be a very narrow strip. As suggested by others you could always do one floating and narrow sash with for the other. I wish you a lot of luck deciding. It's going to be lovely with those blocks for sure. I hope you show the end results when you're finished.

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    Thanks to all for the suggestions and comments. I have to do the wide and narrow on the different blocks, in order to make them all fit together at the end. I am still leaning toward replacing the white sashing pieces with colored, and as LavendarBlue said, I may try just one fabric for the sashings. I will play around with a light and a dark and get back later for more opinions.
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    I like it without the purple sashing. We all have our own taste. I hope we did not totally confuse you . The block are very pretty. I like purple.
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    I would consider a narrow purple sashing consistent color/shade in the interior of the quilt, as it would be more to scale and not overpower your beautiful blocks. You are doing great and hope to see more as you progress.

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    I like it without the purple sashing strips. Looks best using the background fabric as sashing, this way there is nothing to compete with the beauty of the individual blocks.

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    My first thought when I saw your beautiful blocks was to quilt it using purple thread. That will also make you blocks pop. Decisions, decisions. Whatever you do the kids will love them.

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    I think use the light sashing to make the blocks the size you want then use a single purple between the blocks. You could try a black but the purple might look the best.

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    I really like your design with the sashing!

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