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Thread: Advice Needed! Add one more border?

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    Hi all,

    I am almost done with a quilt for my guild's upcoming show, and I am so happy with the way it is turning out! I have a bit of a dilemma, though, and I was wondering if you had any thoughts.

    Below is a photo of my quilt in its current state (it measures about 70 inches by 70 inches). Do I stop adding borders and keep it as is, or should I add one more border? I was planning on adding a dark blue pieced border as the final one, but I like how the yellow border makes the quilt look so "sparkly." I am tempted to keep it as is and just add a red binding for a touch of color at the edge. I am worried that a dark blue border may make it too somber, but it might tie everything together.

    I'd love to hear any thoughts or advice! Thanks!

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    This is just gorgeous as is.

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    My vote is no more border, I think the red binding will finish it perfectly!!!

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    I agree, It's perfect now! A red binding would really finish it nicely
    David

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    No border. It's perfect the way it is. I agree, a red binding would finish it.

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    What a fabulous use of Kaffe fabrics!

    You're the one who mentioned "sparkly" - so.....
    Personally, I would add the darker pieced border.

    And here's why -
    The quilt is great as it is, but look how the light border just disappears, even against the wall. It fades out. The darker border will frame the whole quilt, and then the lights will REALLY sparkle.

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    Agree with all the others. I would just bind it in red! It is gorgeous!

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    I think it is perfect just the way it is.

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    Beautiful quilt!

    I would add a small dark blue or red border and then use that same color as the binding.

    Reason being - it will make it stand out more as mentioned above it sort of fades out against a wall.
    Also because a border will hold all your end seams together for when you quilt it, or have it quilted.

    If you don't put a border on it make sure all your end seams on the piano key pieces are secure before you quilt it. You can do this by running a seam along the edge about a 1/4" inch in from the edge when not using a border.

    Have fun and have a Merry Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS
    What a fabulous use of Kaffe fabrics!

    You're the one who mentioned "sparkly" - so.....
    Personally, I would add the darker pieced border.

    And here's why -
    The quilt is great as it is, but look how the light border just disappears, even again the wall. It fades out. The darker border will frame the whole quilt, and then the lights will REALLY sparkle.
    Agree!! Audition, take pics, lay out the blue against the yellow outer border and than compare.

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    I agree; keep it as is.

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    I would add the red bining and call it finished. It is beautiful, great work.
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    I've always wanted to do a star quilt...perhaps next year. This one is absolutely gorgeous! I would think that a dark blue at the edge would kind of restrict the expansion of the colors, while the yellow at the edge leads the eye to keep going, if that makes any sense. The red binding would add that little zip without "containing" the design. Gorgeous work!

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    Listen to your instincts. It sounds like they are telling you that you like it as it is. I like it as it is, too.

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    I would just bind it. That will serve as your last border, so I would pick my binding fabric carefully. I love the quilt.

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    Looks great the way it is, but, a red type binding would tie the center to the edge. Just my opinion, but that's what I see. Lovely work!

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    Looks wonderful just the way it is!
    A red binding would finish it off nicely!

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    If you have enough of that dark blue used in the first border around the main motif, I would use that. I really think you need something dark to highlight the yellow, but don't think you need another pieced border. The quilt is gorgeous!!!!

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    Perfect...Just bind it....Very precise piecing. Your work is beautiful.

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    I think that the red binding will be enough to "stop" your eye at the edge. Very pretty!!

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    The dark blue would frame the quilt and make it pop. It is beautiful. Also, when pulling up a quilt or covering yourself with it the last border is where the oils from your hands collects. A darker border means not having to wash the quilt so often.

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    You need something dark on the outside in my opinion but a dark blue or red binding would be sufficient I think

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    I think I like it as is. Are you talking red for binding like the border in the quilt? That would be very pretty.

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    I think the blue border would act as a frame and let the eye have a place to rest. You have made a beautiful, festive piece of art. I like the idea of blue border with a red binding.

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    Wow! Absolutely gorgeous!!! I would not add another border. I think red binding will finish it up wonderfully. Good job!

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