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Thread: What color for the first border?

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    Senior Member bigredharley's Avatar
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    What color for the first border?

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    Made this pinwheel quilt top (OMG what a chore LOL) and now I need to pick borders. The block in the sashing is black with pin dots, and I have a black with polka dots for the #2 border, but can't go straight to that - thinking a solid black. Opinions?

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    Red or the aqua would be nice. Your quilt is just beautiful.
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    How much of the pin dot do you have left? i would go with a narrow black pindot 'stop border' like about an inch. then a white border the width of your sashing or a bit wider, then a scrappy piano key to finish it off.
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    agree with swingsuz. my mind went immediately to red. aqua would be nice too.
    really pretty quilt.
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    Beautiful quilt! I think any one of your pinwheel fabrics would work. That is how I would decide....which one do I have enough fabric of. If you don't have any left, then I would just go with the color you like best for the inner border. This looks so good! You have to be pleased.

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    my favorite is red
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    Beautiful quilt! The only colors I'd avoid for the inner border are black (since that's also your outer border color) and white (since that's your background fabric.

    I would try to audition several different colors and pick the one you like best. Any of the colors in your pinwheels would probably look great!

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    Solid black is too harsh, too much of a jolt. I agree with PaperPrincess on the black pin dot for the stop border, and would use the other sashing fabric, the off white print, as the outer border.

    Any color in the border is going to detract from the color in the pinwheels and make them less important. You want them to be the focus of your quilt, so let them have all the color. Frame the entire quilt in the same fabrics that you used to frame each block and it will unite the whole thing smoothly.
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    I always put a border of the background fabric on first when I do pinwheels. It floats your pinwheels.

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    The white of the white in the background for the border as Scissor Queen said. The pattern will float and look fantastic. I would do the binding in white too. I wouldn't do a black border at all. I don't like borders on quilts that are just wide straight strips but that's just me. Your quilt is very pretty. I like pinwheels.
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    Thanks all for the advice and for the compliments. This is only my third quilt, and I am pretty proud of it. Guess I'll be heading to a JoAnn's or two trying to find more of the pin dots, The original store was sold out. The red is really more of an orange, and to be honest, it is one of my favorites, so that may work if I can find more of it.......

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    I like the idea of a red inner border. It's jazzy enough to stand up to the other colors, without dominating the whole thing. It looks wonderful!

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    I kind of like the floating effect too, so often make a small inside border of the background fabric before bringing in other colors. The next border has many possibilities, but any of the bolder colors would be awesome!

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    I vote for red.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    How much of the pin dot do you have left? i would go with a narrow black pindot 'stop border' like about an inch. then a white border the width of your sashing or a bit wider, then a scrappy piano key to finish it off.
    I agree - or you could go with pindot border, small white border, a piano key border, another small white border and finally another pindot border on the outside.
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    Red would be my choice.
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    Beautiful quilt. Which color would you like to highlight, lavender, aqua, red or blue? I think any of those would work.

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    I would do a very narrow black with small dots stop border, then aqua thenthe black. Aqua and black together are sostriking.........it is beautiful and you really can't go wrong!

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    I would use the same color as the sashing corners for a narrow ( as wide as the sashing) stopping border and then IMHO the aqua. It would add a vintage simple look to this great top.

    Like it very much.
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    EDIT: On second thought, The lavender!!!! for a second border
    Last edited by ube quilting; 02-13-2013 at 03:44 PM.
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