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cybermom2 04-29-2012 04:04 AM

Do you or don't you?
 
When I start a new quilt, I only plan the main section. I let the quilt determine the borders, binding and backing. I get some strange looks from people when I show them my wip and they ask me about the borders. They will, quite often, give me suggestions on what I might use for borders which I may not have thought of. I like the idea of planning as I go along.

My question is - Do you plan the whole quilt (main, borders, binding, backing and batting) before you start or do you plan as you go along?

Sunnie 04-29-2012 04:07 AM

I do the same. The few times I bought border fabric I realized that it wouldn't work with my vision. So it became part of my stash and I ended up buying more fabric....like that's a bad thing? I guess you could say that I fly by the seat of my pants.

deedum 04-29-2012 04:11 AM

I start with the design and wing it from there. My style. I decide as I go. Love working this way.

117becca 04-29-2012 04:13 AM

I will try to plan the whole quilt top and get the fabrics - the actual border fabric may not be known, but the fabrics that I'm using, I've already purchased. The backing, I may purchase later. It actually spreads the cost out over a period of time.

barri1 04-29-2012 04:14 AM

I agree with the plan as I go method.. I have never used a pattern.. and would probably have a hard time using one..

Raggiemom 04-29-2012 04:21 AM

I guess I'm the opposite. Most of the time I buy the fabric for the borders and binding when I buy the main fabric. Once in a while I change my mind, but not very often.

DogHouseMom 04-29-2012 05:12 AM

I also design as I go. I just sketched one out the other night and when I showed it to my husband he said "what are you going to put around it". Dunno. I'll cross that bridge when I see it.

Tartan 04-29-2012 05:19 AM

This question is too funny!:D You are assuming that my design will actually be the correct size for a pre-planned border treatment. No matter how carefully planned, cut and sewed my quilt top is, when I get to the borders it's always a little out. I love the intricate pieced borders that some people can manage but I usually go with straight borders.

Rose L 04-29-2012 05:26 AM

I do both. Sometimes I use patterns and the good Lord knows there are some stunning new and old patterns out there begging to be sewn up. I also sometimes find a specific piece of fabric that just speaks to me and tells me what it wants to become. At times like that there is frequently no fabric produced yet that will go with the main fabric so I wait. I never sit down and draw out a pattern and then go in search of fabrics to make it. That's like dreaming of a yellow sweater you've never seen anywhere before. Ha!

Scissor Queen 04-29-2012 05:42 AM

A lot of times I start with the border fabric and design in. Right now I have a hydrangea fabric that is totally perfect to make a small bed topper for the guest bed but I have no fabric that is close to the right colors for the main part of the quilt. I have no idea what I'm going to do in the main part yet because I only have enough of the hydrangea fabric for the borders.

valleyquiltermo 04-29-2012 05:48 AM

I did a pattern once that was the hardest quilt I ever did, Now I just draft what I see in my mind and wing it from there. The fabric tells me what it wants to be.
I never know what my quilt will look like when its finished, when I start it. Love this method best.

Lori S 04-29-2012 05:48 AM

I am an "inside out" kinda of gal . First come the body then when its done I figure out the borders etc. Rarely do I do the opposite , and outside in process. When an "outside in" happens it because I found a fabric that screams "borders " and I then search for the insides of the quilt.
When I first started to make anything other than scrap quilts I tried to pick all the fabrics including the borders ... 99 percent of the time , when it came time to work on the borders I had completely changed my mind .
I love to let myself figure it out as I go ... its got more suspense!

Sunnye 04-29-2012 05:52 AM

I let the fabric and how it looks when I've put the top together to determine the rest!
They do take on a life of their own and speak to me.

gollytwo 04-29-2012 05:54 AM


Originally Posted by deedum (Post 5179091)
I start with the design and wing it from there. My style. I decide as I go. Love working this way.

me too.......

Nolee 04-29-2012 05:54 AM

I don't know how anyone can plan the borders until they are done. It's like trying to frame a picture before you see all the choice available for you.

spacebull1 04-29-2012 06:15 AM


Originally Posted by Sunnye (Post 5179377)
I let the fabric and how it looks when I've put the top together to determine the rest!
They do take on a life of their own and speak to me.

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Annie68 04-29-2012 06:21 AM

Yes, that's the fun part, design as I go, never knowing what the quilt will look like til it's done.

Wanabee Quiltin 04-29-2012 06:25 AM

I do exactly like you do. I have found that what I thought would work, doesn't. I am working on some purses for gifts but I really need to start the binding on my DG's quilt. My DH and I had decided that the black with white hearts was the best fabric. When I was sewing the purses yesterday, I found white binding fabric with a note that this was the binding for DG's quilt. I guess I thought that was best at the time, but now know it isn't.

amandasgramma 04-29-2012 06:29 AM

Well, I usually do what you do, however, I started a Lone Star and now have decided to think about the border...........NONE of the fabric is available that I want for my "vision"...........:( Next time I buy WAY more than I think I need and have fun with the leftovers....

nanna-up-north 04-29-2012 06:33 AM

I do both.... sometimes I plan the border along with the main section..... other times, I do the main section and decide on the border later. One of the things I love about quilting is that you can do what you love and change your mind if you want. No two quilts are the same and we all get to enjoy the process in our own way.

MaryStoaks 04-29-2012 06:54 AM


Originally Posted by Sunnie (Post 5179078)
I do the same. The few times I bought border fabric I realized that it wouldn't work with my vision. So it became part of my stash and I ended up buying more fabric....like that's a bad thing? I guess you could say that I fly by the seat of my pants.

Me too!!:thumbup:
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mighty 04-29-2012 06:56 AM

Yes, I am guilty of this!!!

SueJ 04-29-2012 07:14 AM

It's ironic to see this topic as I had a bag of 5" & 4" squares. I first tried to make pinwheels out of the 5" but I can't get it lined up on some of the squares so I then just started sewing the 4" squares together into a 4 patch. It scares me in a way as I have only done 3 quilts and only 1 of them was from a pattern. But somehow the other 2 have turned out great! I guess I am a "winger"!!! It's awesome to read that others are just like me!
Sue

Christine George 04-29-2012 07:23 AM

I'm with Tartan. I have an idea and start making blocks but I always leave the ending open. That is - the blocks, pieced and sewn together look different than I imagined. I just remain flexible for the finish. That way I'm not beating myself up for coming up with such a stupid plan.

crafty pat 04-29-2012 07:28 AM

I always do it as I go.I have bought all the fabrics to match, but always change my mind several times and make many trips to the fabric store before I finish. When I start a quilt I never know how it will turn out.

bearisgray 04-29-2012 07:28 AM

Yes -

Sometimes I do - sometimes I don't.

valsma 04-29-2012 07:37 AM

I prefer to shoot from the hip and hope it all works out by time I finish.

babyboomerquilter 04-29-2012 07:38 AM

I usually get everything at once and try to pre-plan the whole thing.

Dolphyngyrl 04-29-2012 08:36 AM

I do only patterns so I don't ever plan a main section, am totally scared to venture into planning my own quilt, when I have enough money to get eq7 I will go there

susie-susie-susie 04-29-2012 08:51 AM

I usually make the body of the quilt and then buy the borders, binding, and backing. I'm afraid I will change my mind if I buy it all at once.
Sue

Grandma Peg 04-29-2012 09:11 AM

It depends, sometimes it's all planned out in advance. But then again sometimes it just falls into place as you go along.

QuiltingHaven 04-29-2012 09:26 AM

I have done exactly the same thing. I have gotten the main part together and then looked at the material for the border and went "nope, not gonna work" so now I wait until I am ready for the border, then fold the top up (or take pieces of the material from the quilt) and head out for the nearest quilt shop or go on line to find exactly what makes the quilt perfect.

hperttula123 04-29-2012 09:50 AM

I usually wing it as I go. I rarely pick out all the fabrics for a quilt at one time. The few times I have picked out all my fabrics, I get to the boarders and change it anyways. :)

RDM 04-29-2012 09:52 AM

Yes and No, if following pattern exactly as shown-then Yes. Otherwise if my own creation then No. I agree with you quilt top determines the border(s).

Quiltaddict 04-29-2012 01:01 PM

Most of the time I do like you, make the blocks and put the main part of the quilt together and then decide on the stopper, border, binding based on how the quilt looks. Too often if you pick a border first it doesn't go well after the quilt is done. The only time I pick a border ahead is when I find a print that I think would make a great border, then coordinate the other fabrics to match that border.

Sandra in Minnesota 04-29-2012 01:12 PM

I usually use the "plan as you go" method. Takes the stress away.

gramajo 04-29-2012 01:38 PM

I go both ways. I usually buy all the fabric at once. Occasionally, though, I don't like border & binding fabric when the main part is finished. Then I have to go shopping looking for something I like better--golly, darn.

Other times I wait for the quilt to tell me what the borders should be.

pastorpatti04 04-29-2012 01:40 PM

PLAN is a 4 letter word!

pacquilter 04-29-2012 02:32 PM

Something that's happened to me before is that I've made the inside of a quilt and then had a hard time finding the right border material for it. Now, although I don't always have the whole quilt planned, I usually do try to have the border fabric predetermined, and I try to incorporate some of it into my quilt so that it all goes nicely together.

meanmom 04-30-2012 03:22 AM

I don't buy my border fabric until the center is finished. I have found that once the quilt is finished the pre-purchased borders don't look as good as I thought they would. The color that I thought would be the prominent color no longer is. I am going out this morning to purchase borders for 2 quilts.


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