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Thread: Border suggestions?

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    Super Member greaterexp's Avatar
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    My DDIL requested a rainbow-colored quilt for her baby. I have this very (very!) bright top pieced, but am unsure about the borders. I had originally thought I would piece a border, but I'm afraid it would be rather too busy. I'd sure appreciate your ideas.
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    In my opinion I think it needs to be a solid border. You have lots of blue so pick a color that there is not a lot of in the quilt maybe try out different ones by laying them next to it and pick the one you like the best.

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    beautiful!!
    I agree, pieced border is not needed. How about each border being a different color that is in the quilt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    can you show a pic, please? it is easier to give an opinion if we can see the quilt.
    I'm a bit quick on hitting the "Send" button before I check what I've written. Sorry about that!

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    Thats ok I saw the other post and made a suggestion there. Btw It is a lovely quilt.

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    put a solid one on first and then you can do a pieced one if you like. lovely quilt so far hon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brushandthimble
    beautiful!!
    I agree, pieced border is not needed. How about each border being a different color that is in the quilt?
    I like this idea. Beautiful quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greaterexp
    My DDIL requested a rainbow-colored quilt for her baby. This is the top I came up with, but am unsure about the border. I had originally planned to do a pieced border, but I'm afraid it will look too busy and compete with the center of the quilt. I'd appreciate your ideas on the border design and colors.
    Beautiful job!

    How about a solid WHITE border with multicolored binding??

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    Love the quilt. I think I would go with a solid border (or Moda Marbles) picking up one of the colors, OR I would probably opt for no border and just bind it. I'm of the mind that not all quilts need borders. But that's just me.

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    one of my favorites is to lay a plain strip. Then using all the scraps cut in 2'' x 2" (or whatever works for size) wide lengths, I make a long strip of pieced fabric. Then I add this border to the plain one and then bind the quilt in a plain piece to accent. Sometimes I use 1.5"x5" strips and have the border go perpendicular with ladder steps going around but it adds 5 inches to each side of the quilt in an easy and colorful manner. It also uses the scraps and can add a lot of zip to the quilt. have fun - If I knew how to draw on this, I would show you. ewesful

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    I agree with you that a plainer border might be better. Less busy and will show off the beautiful blocks that you've done.

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    I think I would make triangles pointing out with the dark fabric and the triangles pointing in with light fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    put a solid one on first and then you can do a pieced one if you like. lovely quilt so far hon.
    Thanks for this and all the suggestions!! You all are amazing! nativetexan, you're quite a busy quilter - I just looked at your link. Lovely crafts and quilts!

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    All I can say is that it is beautiful You did a great job

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    I'm new and far from expert, but I like the idea of a solid border. Maybe blue if a boy or pink if a girl. I also like the idea of a different color border for each edge as someone suggested.

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    Maybe a narrow 1" navy border then a wider in whatever or leftovers from the quilt. The thin navy would provide a break for the next border. Btw, it is a knockout quilt for a baby, the bright colors are great when they start focusing their eyes, my son the DR. tells me.

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    I love the bright colors in your quilt! I agree with cjomomma about going with a solid border. :wink:

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    Do you have a fabric print that has all the colors in it? Something with a white background but maybe dots or something with the multiple colors?
    Personally, I am not a fan of "solid" solid fabrics. I like a little something in it, even if it is a tone on tone.

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    :thumbup:

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    To me it calls for a solid border. That is a beautiful quilt. I love the scrappy stars. Great job so far.

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    I would use a smaller dark blue border then a larger one in one of the other intense colors on the out side.

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    beautiful, how about a solid color border

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    I would do three solid colored borders each about 2 1/2 inches and put a different colored square in the corners. I would start with that red and use blue or green squares for the corners. Then maybe yellow with purple squares, and lastly a blue border with orange squares.

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    I think a dark blue border would be nice. Then piece together a binding made up out of all the fabrics in the quilt!

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    I would not use a border. Just put on a solid-color binding.

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