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Thread: Would you suggest a border?

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    Would you suggest a border?

    This is my variation of Missouri Star's "Big Star." My, it sure is RED! It is much larger than it appears in the picture. It already fits our queen bed, but I think it needs a bit of a border. What would you talented folks suggest? This is for my sweet husband, whose favorite color is red. By the way, I don't really have a large amount of the fabrics left over.
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    If you put a narrow white border on first, the stars will appear to float. If you have more of the red fabrics, you could do an outer border of repeating red/white HSTs, about the size you have in each block.

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    If it was mine I would add a white border and bind in red...love your red stars!

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    Great star top! I might do a white border with the red squares in it to finish the pattern. Start thinking about what you plan to quilt to give you ideas. If you don't want to make the top too much bigger, just do half of the red square in the border.
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    its beautiful. I would add a black border to give it contrast, but that's me. I love adding black to a quilt.

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    I always think that a border "completes" a quilt...just like framing a beautiful picture.

    BTW pretty quilt.

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    Maybe a white border with a red binding. It's a beautiful quilt.
    Fabric is like money, no matter how much you have it's never enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BETTY62 View Post
    Maybe a white border with a red binding. It's a beautiful quilt.
    I like this idea....and I agree that it is a BEAUTIFUL quilt.

    Dina

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    I will be the contrarian here and vote for no border and just bind in red, especially if you like the size as is. Lovely work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    If you put a narrow white border on first, the stars will appear to float. If you have more of the red fabrics, you could do an outer border of repeating red/white HSTs, about the size you have in each block.
    I agree. Without a border, your binding will cut off the star tips.

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    I agree....a white border and red binding.

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    I would do a white border and bind it with red. I love it and red is my favorite color.
    "You must do the thing you think you cannot do"....E. Roosevelt

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    I would go with a white border (I agree with the 'floating star' look). Then just bind in red.
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    If you don't need additional length to your quilt, just leave it as is. With the stars being so large, a small border may look out of proportion.
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    I would simply bind it in red.

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    it looks like you've gotten some great suggestions and a lot of white border votes. If you don't need to make it any larger, you could put a 2-3 inch white border and then a darker red binding... if you want it larger, there are all kinds of options.
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    I would also add a small white border and bind with the red. If it is the red fabric that is in short supply you could piece the various reds in the stars. You would need to plan carefully so that you did not have problems with seams at the corner miters.

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    I'm "odd man out" here...
    Think a black narrow border will make it pop.

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    Thank you all for the great suggestions! You all are a creative bunch with great instincts!

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    I would go with a narrow white border and bind it in red. Even a couple of inches (finished) will make the stars float. If it were mine, I would want the outer points to be as crisp and clean as those in the quilt itself. You've created a very special quilt.
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    Very pretty quilt. I would add white as a border with a red binding.

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    A narrow white border is a good idea. But those red diamonds in the white squares is very nice. If you have enough red for more diamonds, why not a border with red diamonds bordered with white, the strip could be more narrow the white squares. This would look nice if you want to lengthen the quilt by adding to the two ends.
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    The white border and red binding seems to have won out. What I do is lay it down on the floor and pin the different suggestions one at a time and take a picture of each idea wit my iPad then look at each one over and over and one usually stands out. It's going to be stunning.

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    Yes, I would put a border on it.....the darker red in your stars if you have enough of it....and maybe a narrower white border first. I'd have to audition it to see how it looks with the white. Beautiful quilt, by the way! Can't have too much red!

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    A narrow white border and a border of the red print. Lovely quilt!
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