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Thread: Triple Irish Chain, almost done, need help with border

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    Red face Triple Irish Chain, almost done, need help with border

    HI everyone, I've been at this for about 3 weeks and it's starting to look really nice. I'll post some pictures to show you my wip. I drew out the blocks in my EQ 5 and with four small straight borders it should come out to be 83 x 97. My question is this.... the other day while I was sewing blocks together I came up with the idea to do a bird of paradise embroidery, which I have from embroidery library, which is for a 5x7 hoop. In the second block you can see the fabric is or looks like the bird of paradise flower. I'm just wondering if I should use a soft pink and darker pink to pull the color from the plant in block, and use it with the embroidery of bird of paradise for the border??? I just can't make up my mind. At first I started with just three rows for border, using the light and dark pink with some green. Anyhow, here's how it's going so far, hope you like my colors. Thanks in advance for any ideas. I'll also post a picture of the embroidery and the fabrics I've chosen. OH before I forget, dear friend Nellie, says I should make a ribbon border, I love that idea too, I'd do it with the embroidery in between ribbon. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, this is my first own quilt creation.
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    Can you tell me where you got the focus fabric used for the big squares? It is beautiful and I am looking for fabric in that exact color combination.

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    Your blocks are lovely! I think I would do the embroidery on the same pale creamy yellow instead of pink. I would want the quilt to shine and I think the bright pink would draw your eye to the border instead.

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    Love it! I wouldn't do too much in the borders. It may detract from the quilt. A simple ribbon or vine in the borders would be ok though. Show is a pic when it is done. I can't wait to see it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    it's very pretty
    HI QuiltNan, thank you for the compliment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joanneg View Post
    Can you tell me where you got the focus fabric used for the big squares? It is beautiful and I am looking for fabric in that exact color combination.
    Hi joanneg, on the fabric selvage it says , Daylily Fields by Sue Beevers 2007 RJR Fabrics. I hope you can see get, maybe if you go to their website. I've had this fabric for sometime, decided to use it finally hope this helps.

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    First your quilt is going to be lovely and looks very well done. I admit I struggle tremendously with border decisions so not much help. I agree with Tartan about doing the embrodiery on the pink may distract. I would just try to draw up some options using your software and post them to further the discussion. Always easier to get an idea with a picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Your blocks are lovely! I think I would do the embroidery on the same pale creamy yellow instead of pink. I would want the quilt to shine and I think the bright pink would draw your eye to the border instead.
    HI Tartan, I also was thinking of maybe using a pale yellow with this embroidery, I don't want to take the eye away from center blocks, I thought to add some embroidery would make it a bit different from other T.I.C. I've seen on the web. Thanks for the compliment and your advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luv Quilts and Cats View Post
    Love it! I wouldn't do too much in the borders. It may detract from the quilt. A simple ribbon or vine in the borders would be ok though. Show is a pic when it is done. I can't wait to see it!
    HI Luv Quilts and Cats, thank you for the compliment, oh love the idea too of doing a vine, now my head is spinning lol, so many great ideas, I'll keep notes and think about it some more as I'm still sewing rows together. I'll definitely will post when I have the top done, and more pics as I work on it. Thank you on your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt addict View Post
    First your quilt is going to be lovely and looks very well done. I admit I struggle tremendously with border decisions so not much help. I agree with Tartan about doing the embrodiery on the pink may distract. I would just try to draw up some options using your software and post them to further the discussion. Always easier to get an idea with a picture.
    Hi quilt addict, thank you for the compliment, hmm ok I'll do that change the back ground fabric behind embroidery with other colors and see how it looks, i'll post them when I change it. ok I'll be back in abit to show with other colors.

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    Thank you so much for the info. Your quilt is beautiful!

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    That is stunning!!!
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joanneg View Post
    Thank you so much for the info. Your quilt is beautiful!
    Your very welcome joanneg. Hope you can find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nannyrick.com View Post
    That is stunning!!!
    HI nannyrick.com thank you for the compliment

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denise View Post
    Hi quilt addict, thank you for the compliment, hmm ok I'll do that change the back ground fabric behind embroidery with other colors and see how it looks, i'll post them when I change it. ok I'll be back in abit to show with other colors.
    HI again,I'm back with more colors for background for embroidery, here they are. I also plan to use threads for embroidery to match the greens and pinks from blocks. Hmm I don't see an area to post pics, ok I'll start another message on here.

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    This is a gorgeous quilt. I'm not a green person but I love the way this quilt looks. Maybe it's the focus fabric but I love it.

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    here are other colors for background for embroidery for border.

    OH I must also say, that this embroidery is a 5x7 size which I resized it to 4x4. Thank you all for input on my Triple Irish Chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vicki I View Post
    This is a gorgeous quilt. I'm not a green person but I love the way this quilt looks. Maybe it's the focus fabric but I love it.
    HI Vicki I, thank you for your compliment. I seen a Triple Irish Chain quilt in Fons & Porter's Love of quilting March/April 2008, this quilt just caught my eye so this is where I got the idea to make an T.I.C. in green. It's nice to work with greens at the moment, LOL, since it's so white outside, I'm ready for Spring.

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    I think your quilt is absolutely beautiful just the way it is. I would do a small border with the dark green and the a little larger one in the light green. I think the embroidery is too much and would take away from the beauty of the quilt.

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    If you use the embroidery, I like the pale yellow background best. I really like the idea of the simple borders you had originally planned, but can see how that embroidery would be hard to pass up. I wonder if there would be a way to do the simple borders and work the embroidery in as part of a cornerstone block? Depending on the sizing of the border, you could use 3 color strips for the border and do a 9 patch cornerstone on each corner with the embroidery as one (or more) of the patches.

    I'd say at this point, it doesn't matter what you do that quilt will be beautiful anyway.

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    I can't give you any advice about embrodiery or quilting but I want to say your quilt is beautiful. I haven't seen an Irish chain done with fabric like that. I love it.
    I don't want to brag but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.

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    I'd keep the background of the emb. blocks a pale color, so as not to detract or distract. Also keep the border simple, as others have suggested too. Love what you have done so far!
    I have this same fabric, and I love it! I have kept it for a special project, and it hasn't hit me just yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post
    If you use the embroidery, I like the pale yellow background best. I really like the idea of the simple borders you had originally planned, but can see how that embroidery would be hard to pass up. I wonder if there would be a way to do the simple borders and work the embroidery in as part of a cornerstone block? Depending on the sizing of the border, you could use 3 color strips for the border and do a 9 patch cornerstone on each corner with the embroidery as one (or more) of the patches.

    I'd say at this point, it doesn't matter what you do that quilt will be beautiful anyway.
    Hi Lisa_wanna_b_quilter, Oh I love your idea of doing a cornerstone with the embroidery. I'll have to play with my EQ and see if I can set it up this way. Thanks for your idea,

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    Quote Originally Posted by KSellers View Post
    I think your quilt is absolutely beautiful just the way it is. I would do a small border with the dark green and the a little larger one in the light green. I think the embroidery is too much and would take away from the beauty of the quilt.
    Thank you KSellers for the compliment and the input for my quilt. I'm anxious to see it finish myself.

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