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vhord620 05-01-2012 07:04 AM

Help this newbie please..
 
anyone experienced with fabric panels? I bought a birdhouse panel 30 x 40" and dont know how to add to it for a small (approx 45 x 65) quilt. I consider adding wider top and bottom borders than the side borders. I have matching printed fabric and several solid colors I can use. Would it look too out of porportion? I've used pencil and paper to try making a design and it always comes out wider than I want if I use same size borders all around....I'd truly appreciate your help.

I'm a 70 yr old newbie and dont have a clue on putting colors and patterns together.

Christine George 05-01-2012 07:16 AM

Welcome from Milwaukee. You don't have to use the same size borders all the way around. Add your narrow borders all the way around to make your 45 inches, then add some pieced lines top and bottom to make your 65 inches. It will look great. Just remember, it's your quilt. Do what you want and have fun.

jcrow 05-01-2012 07:27 AM

Glad to hear your quilting! I see your problem. I have had the same problem. If I were you I would do what Christine said and add a narrow border first around your panel and then add wide borders to the side and narrow ones to the top. They don't have to match. In fact, the size of each of the side borders don't have to be the same size. That's just my opinion. You'll get lots of opinions. Welcome to the best place for quilters!

CarrieC 05-01-2012 07:48 AM

You might try piecing some simple blocks (maybe 9 patch) and adding those to the top and bottom - then add borders. It is really up to you. I've done "uneven" borders and had great results.

Hope you post a picture for us to enjoy!!!

crafty pat 05-01-2012 07:55 AM

Welcome from Texas. I agree with what Christine told you, that would make a very pretty quilt.

Neesie 05-01-2012 07:58 AM

I agree with Carrie. Some pieced blocks, top and bottom, would allow you to add however much length you need, while still keeping the borders even.

MadQuilter 05-01-2012 08:09 AM

I prefer to have borders from the same fabric be the same width so I really like the idea of adding an additional row on the top and bottom to extend one direction. You can use pieced blocks, appliqued blocks, or an alternating fabric or stripe. However, the others are right - it's your quilt so do what looks right to you.

Hattie Frances 05-01-2012 08:17 AM


Originally Posted by jcrow (Post 5185305)
Glad to hear your quilting! I see your problem. I have had the same problem. If I were you I would do what Christine said and add a narrow border first around your panel and then add wide borders to the side and narrow ones to the top. They don't have to match. In fact, the size of each of the side borders don't have to be the same size. That's just my opinion. You'll get lots of opinions. Welcome to the best place for quilters!

I never thought about the fact that all borders didn't have to be the same size, I like it!!! Also welcome to the new quilter, how wonderful to learn something new - age ain't nothing but a number. you go girl.

21quilter 05-01-2012 08:59 AM

My first thought was to add some pieced blocks to the top and bottom of the panel but I like the idea of adding a thin border first.

With retro being all the rage, different sizes borders are totally in.

Welcome to the quilting world, it sure is a fun place to be! (Just ask us. :) )

feline fanatic 05-01-2012 09:07 AM

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Welcome to the board and the world of quilting! Your quilt, your rules! You can do anything you like. I am currently working on a quilt where the center is a flannel panel and in order for the quilt to get to the dimension I needed I added different size borders, only mine are wider on the sides rather than the top and bottom. Here is a picture, the black border closest to the panel is wider on the sides and so is the border outside the pieced pine trees. It works for me but with this picture you can determine if you want to do this or add a different fabric to just top and bottom in one of your rounds.

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Jingle 05-01-2012 09:08 AM

Welcome from outside St. Louis. Just remember when you add borders to any quilt, always measure through the center across and up and down. Your borders wil be much neater that way. Read books and read online and you will learn lots. Good luck.

vhord620 05-01-2012 09:27 AM

Thanks to all for the comments and advice, I truly appreciate it. I think I'll add one extra coordinating fabric to the top and bottom to get the length I need. I'll post a pic when I get the top pieced if I can figure how to add a pic.

vhord620 05-01-2012 09:45 AM

Georgous quilt! Maybe if I live long enough I'll be able to to that. Thanks for posting the picture, gives me a good idea on how to work with my panel.

Dolphyngyrl 05-01-2012 03:15 PM

Add on some blocks on top and bottom. than do a border all the way around

lfstamper 05-01-2012 03:19 PM

For coordinating fabrics, choose the colors in the panel that you like. Be creative and enjoy! Welcome from Texas.

EvelynJ 05-01-2012 03:44 PM

Feline Fanatic, this is a great picture to show options for additional borders. Thank you so much, btw I love the top, so colorful yet masculine.

vhord620 05-01-2012 04:44 PM

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I have completed the first 2 borders...yellow, and a coordinating bird fabric (the dark teal green looks like a border but is part of the panel. Now is a decision to use red or a light green for the next narrow border. Any advise? then I'll add a 4" border of the coordinating fabric on top and bottom
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The quilt is for my DIL for Xmas, if I can bear to part with it....LOL

Judith1005 05-01-2012 04:52 PM

Oh how pretty. I like both quilts posted. I've never used panels because I didn't know how. Thank you to all for your info and suggestions. Vhord620, Welcome to the board.

Rose L 05-01-2012 04:59 PM

I vote a thin border of the red and then the green to get the quilt up to size. Love your panel fabric! You're doing a great job. Welcome to the board from Nebraska!!

hopetoquilt 05-01-2012 05:34 PM

You could do a checkerboard (4 patch) on the sides you want to widen and then do the solid border around. This would be a simple yet effective way to avoid an unbalanced look. You could also do a strip of flying geese or any other block... limitless ideas. Cruise the pictures page for ideas.

Sewflower 05-01-2012 05:49 PM

Welcome from West Virginia and I think you are off to a great start

feline fanatic 05-02-2012 08:51 AM

This looks wonderful Vhord! I love it. So glad you got it figured out how to post photos. You could audition them by laying what you have next to your uncut fabrics. That is usually the only way I can decide on this kind of quilt. Without actually seeing it auditioned I wouldn't know what to do. Sometimes a none of the above comes into play as well. Please be sure to post pictures as you progress.

Annaleehunter 05-02-2012 10:10 AM

Wow! Beautiful!

vhord620 05-02-2012 11:50 AM

Red border added
 
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one more to go, the bird fabric, larger on top and bottom, holding my breath that it will look ok. Binding and backing are blue.
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thanks to everyone for your help. I LOVE this quilting board. I'm learning every day!

Viv

ArtsyOne 05-02-2012 11:57 AM

Love the addition of the red - really makes it pop. Good job!

Painiacs 05-02-2012 12:17 PM

I agree with Christine. I just did it on a quilt! There are no rules on borders! Welcome and show u's the finished project!!

nycquilter 05-02-2012 07:15 PM

and, no one says the borders have to match eachc other or even be equally distributed. Like use only the left and the bottom. It's your design, you are the artist signing the work

sunflower1944 05-03-2012 03:08 AM

Looks wonderful, you are doing a great job!

helou 05-03-2012 03:09 AM

Wow very pretty. so many different ways to do it As nycqilter says: you are the artist signing the work and it is unique!

callen 05-03-2012 03:36 AM

Welcome vhord620 ! This is an awesome board & the members are terrific especially at helping other quilters.
Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. You should be very proud of it. Newbie - - - - not from what I can see.

coopah 05-03-2012 04:21 AM

Welcome! You're going to like it here. It's a friendly place. Make the borders fit the length and width you need to make it do what you want it to do. Use the colors in the panel to guide the border colors. Good luck and again, welcome!

jaciqltznok 05-03-2012 05:09 AM


Originally Posted by Christine George (Post 5185273)
Welcome from Milwaukee. You don't have to use the same size borders all the way around. Add your narrow borders all the way around to make your 45 inches, then add some pieced lines top and bottom to make your 65 inches. It will look great. Just remember, it's your quilt. Do what you want and have fun.


exactly! welcome and have fun!

hoppa 05-03-2012 05:11 AM

welcome vhord and you are doing a wonderful job!

Grace MooreLinker 05-03-2012 07:45 AM

Welcome to QB from another oldy but goody quilter. Put what ever borders on your quilt that you think looks good. that's what makes it a personel quilt.. Have fun quilting don't stress over it.

pal 05-03-2012 08:29 AM

Wow, your quilt is gorgeous! The red looks great. I'd use a thin black binding after the next border (the bird fabric). Are you going to embellish at all? You did a wonderful job!

MdmSew'n'Sew 05-03-2012 09:09 AM


Originally Posted by vhord620 (Post 5185240)
anyone experienced with fabric panels? I bought a birdhouse panel 30 x 40" and dont know how to add to it for a small (approx 45 x 65) quilt. I consider adding wider top and bottom borders than the side borders. I have matching printed fabric and several solid colors I can use. Would it look too out of porportion? I've used pencil and paper to try making a design and it always comes out wider than I want if I use same size borders all around....I'd truly appreciate your help.

I'm a 70 yr old newbie and dont have a clue on putting colors and patterns together.

Welcome!

Check out some of the pictures posted for the Round Robins in the Members Swap section - that should give you lots of ideas of how various people added borders to a center - someone creates a center or sends a fabric panel, the next person adds a border, then the 3rd person adds a second border ... really interesting, there are so many ideas and pictures, it's sure to fire you up, and like everyone has said, the borders don't have to be the same size on the sides as on the top/bottom, as long as they play together - like feline fanatic's trees - if she had used the same trees for the top and bottom as on the sides, the top & bottom would be taller, while the sides are skinny, so if trees were 5" tall and 3" wide, top and bottom would be maybe 6", with border background and the sides would be 4" - there's lots of ways to get what you want. Show us pictures when you can.

charlottemarie 05-03-2012 10:03 AM

Thanks feline fanatic, your picture cleared up a problem for me! I have a quilt with tulips and I put it together too long, now I have to put borders on the sides to make it look right. Now I feel better about it!

charlottemarie 05-03-2012 10:06 AM

vhord720, if anyone complains about your quilt, just send it to me and I promise to love and cherish it! LOL

jeanharville 05-03-2012 11:59 AM


Originally Posted by vhord620 (Post 5185240)
anyone experienced with fabric panels? I bought a birdhouse panel 30 x 40" and dont know how to add to it for a small (approx 45 x 65) quilt. I consider adding wider top and bottom borders than the side borders. I have matching printed fabric and several solid colors I can use. Would it look too out of porportion? I've used pencil and paper to try making a design and it always comes out wider than I want if I use same size borders all around....I'd truly appreciate your help.
I'm a 70 yr old newbie and dont have a clue on putting colors and patterns together.

I'm so glad you asked this question. I too am new to quilting at age 68 and I'm glad to "meet" someone else who got a late start.

Delilah 05-03-2012 04:19 PM

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I don't like square quilts so I added "migrating geese" to the top and bottom of one to add length then put on the borders. It turned out really cool. [ATTACH=CONFIG]332667[/ATTACH]Because you have a bird themed panel the migrating geese would be fun to add. If you can't find the directions let me know and I'll see what I can do to get them to you.


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