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Thread: Baby Alex's quilt, top done page.2

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    Super Member Baren*eh*ked_canadian's Avatar
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    Ok, so it turns out I hate machine applique a little less than before, I think I just jumped in before testing the waters, lol. Going around all those little toes really was a pain in the butt.
    So, anyway, I WAS going to use this as his crib quilt, but it's not long enough. I'm kind of stuck as to how to do the borders, now. I can't really think of a pieced border pattern that wouldn't take attention away from the center of the quilt, and I don't mind doing a solid border, but I don't really know what colour to choose...

    My other option, is to add an extra 8 inches or so at the top of a solid colour like maybe the blue, or whatever, and I can buy these iron-on applique letters, I could write his name at the top of the quilt, and THEN put the borders on... would that look tacky?
    At least that way I could use it as his crib quilt.

    GAH, I would appreciate your opinions, really!


    ETA: The colours look a bit dark in the photo, the lizard at the top is a med. forrest green, and the lizard in the center left is a purple.
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    Maybe you could put the white at the top and applique his name on it in the different colors you have used for the lizards. Very cute quilt! Then you could do your border around the whole thing.

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    I don't have an embroidery machine, unfortunately, which is why I wanted to buy the pre-made letters (sounds lame, but they look really nice, there are plain ones and scipt ones)
    however, the letters only come in white, so that's why I figured I would put a different colour at the top.

    I'm not sure if I could dye the letters? They're made of polyester thread, I think, I'm not sure how well I could dye those... I've never tried. It's a good idea, providing I can dye the letters!

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    Can you just use your colored fabric and us an iron on applique? Then you could do a nice stitch around it. Or you could just do the thinner piece up top and have two lizards facing each other. Or something related.. cactus, boots, bugs..

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    Just a thought, but maybe someone would embroider the name for you on your desired fabric. I bet someone would do it for less $ than buying each of your letters pre-made at the sewing store. That way, you'd get the letters the exact color you want.

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    I think I would stick with the orangy fabric between the blocks. That is if you have enough!! I wouldn't add another color at the top. For the border you could use a combination of the colors in the lizards and the orange. It is really cute so far!! Can you make more blocks?

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    Dark orange batik. The lizards look really tropical, and I think that would go along.

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    Ok, so I *think* I've made a decision. I showed Sasha and asked him what he thought, and he likes the idea of using white letters on the orange background. However, he wants the full name, not just ALEX written at the top.
    Then, above that, I'll put another stip of white, maybe 4-5" wide, and cut and applique some more coloured lizards, but shrink them to like, 1/4 of the size they are in the blocks.

    Is that clear? Does that sound good?

    Then, I'll see about some borders. Unfortunately, I cut these lizards out so long ago, I don't even think I have the fabric that goes in them anymore! Or well, maybe I have some left, but certainly not all of it. I was originally thinking of doing a piano-key border with all the colours, but since I don't have all the colours, it might look funny if I substitute other fabrics in place, right?

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    You could put white at top and bottom to even it out and make it long enough for the crib, put his first name at the top and his last name at the bottom. and that is so cute. Penny

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    How about a piano key with all those bright colors of the lizards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mamaw
    How about a piano key with all those bright colors of the lizards.
    Will it look funny if I use different fabrics? I have some of the fabrics from the lizards, but not all. I know I don't have any of the lime green left, and I only have a tiny bit of the mottled orange...

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    What about a checkerboard border withteh white and one of the other fabrics that you would have enough of? Maybe a narrow solid border in between? I also like the idea of adding to the top and appliquing his name or more lizards. Little boys can't get enough slimy, dirty stuff. :0) My little guy thinks dumping the sand right over his head is a great way to play with it!

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    Looks great to me !!! I have no ideas.

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    You do such great work, whatever you decide I am sure will look wonderful! Can't wait to see it.

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    Piano key border of the lizard colors if you have the facric.

    Kyia

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    I love this quilt.

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    Ok, so now all I have left is the quilting. I'm pretty happy with how it looks :)
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    I love it!!!!

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    Wow, that mottled orange, smaller lizards & white really rocks (as the younger crowd would say). I know you'll are so anxious to have Alex here.

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    Whatever you do -- please post a picture. Its adorable!!
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    I like the upper right green lizard. I would use that as a border.

    Love the quilt.

    OOPS! Guess I was a little late on this thread.
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    Awesome how it turned out. :-D :-D :-D

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    Nice work

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    Augh! So cute! I love the colors you have in this quilt. They are so fun, and the little lizard shape is adorable. I bet you are getting excited for Alex to get here. Little boys are so much fun! You are going to enjoy him!

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    You did awesome!

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    What a cool quilt. Love it.

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