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Thread: Attic windows WIP help needed!

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    Senior Member shnnn's Avatar
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    Attic windows WIP help needed!

    I made attic windows out of this fabric and didn't want to waist one bit of it...it came out at an odd size, and I'm stuck as to where to go with it. It is 52 1/2 x 92! so it really doesn't need much on length at all, it's nearly long enough for a queen size bed as is. But it's skinny. I definitely need to continue the thin blue the rest of the way around, but then what? My 1st though was to make shutters with the greys for either side, I'm open to any help to make it look 3d... maybe alternating rows of light/dark with HST of the blue on each end? Does that make any sense at all? or very thin strips (maybe 1x10" finished) of the dark blue inside their own attic window blocks? Would that look more like a shutter? Thoughts please!
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    No need to continue the 3D effect. I think you will take away from the center if you try to replicate 3D in the border. A single thin border of blue all the way around that you mentioned and then one or both of your grays on either side will frame this beautiful AW quilt quite nicely I think. You could make like piano key of alternating light and dark gray running in horizontal "coin" stacks on either side or go with just a solid.

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    I just made one and to make the size I needed, I added a solid border all around, 6" on top and bottom and 10" on each side.
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    It is very pretty. I have been wanting to make one but just not sure about it. I don't have any suggestions for you though. I'm sure there will be plenty of suggestions. Good luck.
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    What about some kind of piecing on the sides (that is, after you turn your picture 90 degrees), that would look like either wood paneling, or wall paper, so that it really does look like a window in a wall.

    I like the moons in the windows .. neat effect.
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    Beautiful quilts! I would love to know how to make the panel one .

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    how very pretty! you did an awesome job, and I think a strip of grey on the sides would look great! it is your quilt, so you can do it anyway you want... why don't you fold your quilt so only a couple of windows show, then lay your border fabirc aroud the quilt, layering if you need to so you can get a feel for it? that usually helps me.
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    Wow that is so very awesome.
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    Very pretty. I like attic windows.

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    Great job! It is very 3d! I am sure whatever you decide, it will be great! Kudos!
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    Love your idea of making "shutters"!
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    Chose a simple block to make in the colors from the quilt and put them in rows down each side of the quilt. The motion of Tradewinds might compliment the motion of the waves. I used Tradewinds in my wildlife Attic Windows, but mine was much busier and scrappier.
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    a very pretty quilt

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    Hang it at the window and use it for curtains. I have always wanted to do that.

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    If you are going to have it on a bed the way the picture shows you could even go a little on the 'cute' side and frame the top with a "topper" like its a window you're looking out of, and do the bottom so it looks like the top part of a sofa with a cat laying on it looking 'outside'. Frame the sides like its drapes hanging or window trim and you've got an unusual version of attic windows....great job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandraa View Post
    I just made one and to make the size I needed, I added a solid border all around, 6" on top and bottom and 10" on each side.
    Beautiful and nice way to size. Well planned and executed.

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    This is just sew very cool! I love the different effects with the moon and different features in the sky. Not sure how you should finish it, but had to tell you how much I love it. Please post when finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebbE View Post
    If you are going to have it on a bed the way the picture shows you could even go a little on the 'cute' side and frame the top with a "topper" like its a window you're looking out of, and do the bottom so it looks like the top part of a sofa with a cat laying on it looking 'outside'. Frame the sides like its drapes hanging or window trim and you've got an unusual version of attic windows....great job!
    I love this idea - but if I put it that way all the bears and dears will be standing on their heads! I'll remember that for the next one though... it's for dd she would love it!
    I think I will try to make a piece of a shutter to start and put it up there and see what I think with some plain strips on the other side. I got distracted by my Quilts for quilters swap quilt though (it kind of took over when I wasn't looking ) so maybe sometime this week I'll go get a couple more pieces of fabric (who knew sashing could eat so much material ) I will post pics when I get a bit of it together

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    I'm wondering if you mis-wrote the dimentions. You have a 4 block x 6 block top. Are the blocks about 15" or 12 "??

    If you have any fabric left, I would make another block, detach one row from the long side, unstitch the blocks and re stitch in the proper orientation, add the extra block and then add it to the narrow side. Now you would have a top that is 5 blocks x 5 blocks--much easier to work with. Now the top would be approx 77x77 or 62x62--depending on what size the origional blocks are.
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    It's 4x7 blocks, and the blocks are 13" and I used every bit of fabric . It is very long!

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    Hmmmmm....I think I would still take off 1 row. Then you could put the 'shutters' on the narrow sides and do a finish border all around.
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