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Thread: First pictures I've posted...help with layout, borders, etc.

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    I'm pretty new at this, and am hoping to get this done for my DD for Christmas. She likes red and gray (Buckeye fan!), and cats. It's about 48" square before borders; each block is 6". I plan to FMQ, which will be a first for me. I can't decide between alternating red and gray blocks (image #1), or doing groupings of 4 blocks each (image #2). I've been dithering for weeks, and now I have to decide! Also, ideas on borders, quilting (something fairly simple), color of thread? (told you I was new!)

    Red & Gray alternating blocks

    4 patch red & gray

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    I am new to this so dont know about borders and color of thread but I say go with the alternating gray and red I think it is prettier that way.

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    I took are fairly new;.and I agree, I think the alternating gray and red gives more "depth" to the quilt.

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    Positively go with the red and gray alternating! That would be my first choice.

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    Another vote for red and grey. Keep up the good work.

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    I like it!

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    No help on the quilting, borders and thread color, but I want to say that I really like your quilt. Both layouts look good but I prefer the alternating red/gray.

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    oooh, alternating :lol:

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    alternating

    nice choices of fabrics

    I think it looks too clumpy when you have it grouped in blocks of four of one color

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    yes, go with the alternating, it is a surprisingly pretty look, when you said red and grey I thought school uniform, but hey it is so pretty, i'd love to see it again when you have finished. PS be patient with the FMQ it is practice makes perfect!

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    Oh this was an easy one--alternating for sure!! It's beautiful and holy cow is she going to love it!!

    I'd go with no border because it has that modern look--or a narrow dark gray one. And I'd quilt it with a stipple in medium gray thread.

    How's that? :wink:

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    do red/gray.... red/gray.......... for sure.

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    yes, yes, yes...alternate red and grey blocks

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    I like the four patch

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    I love the alternating layout:D :D :D I think a dark border would make the reds and whites stand out...

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    I like the second picture. :)

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    I'd go with the alternating blocks. Are going to meander or do a pattern?

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    I also like the alternating one.

    :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCL in FL
    I'd go with the alternating blocks. Are going to meander or do a pattern?
    Since I have pretty much zero experience FMQ, except for some practice, I was thinking either meander or long wavy lines; another idea I had was to go round and round (but square!) in each block. That might be harder than meandering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barnbum
    Oh this was an easy one--alternating for sure!! It's beautiful and holy cow is she going to love it!!

    I'd go with no border because it has that modern look--or a narrow dark gray one. And I'd quilt it with a stipple in medium gray thread.

    How's that? :wink:
    Thanks, I sure hope she loves it! And thanks for the suggestions, I like the idea of the gray thread.

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    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and feedback, it's all so helpful. The clear winner is the alternating red and gray (which was my preference as well).

    I just love this board, everyone is so kind and helpful, and I get lots of great information and tips! You all are GREAT!

    A sidebar on making this quilt for my DD: She told me a while back she would love for me to make her a quilt, but not til she quits smoking. Well, she's 38, has smoked since she was a teenager, and so I don't think that's going to happen any time soon (although I certainly hope she does!). She is my middle child, and the only one of my three children to live in a different state, so I don't get to see her very often, and she misses "home" a lot. She's also had a lot of difficulties in her life, and so I thought this would be a way of showing her my love, by making her a quilt even though she is still smoking. It will be the first quilt I've made for one of my children...the other two will just have to wait their turn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter
    Quote Originally Posted by JCL in FL
    I'd go with the alternating blocks. Are going to meander or do a pattern?
    Since I have pretty much zero experience FMQ, except for some practice, I was thinking either meander or long wavy lines; another idea I had was to go round and round (but square!) in each block. That might be harder than meandering.
    I wouldn't think so. You can always mark it with an water eraseable pen if you have trouble lining it up with your presser foot.I've put tape on them before but just to line with the foot not to sew by, if you edge over you get gunk on the needle if you try to use tape to sew by and get too close and go on the tape.Do you understand what I just said, it sounds sorta strange now that I've read it. You have a lovely quilt and what ever you decide to do will be fine, every quilt we make we learn things from and sometimes the hard way. This site has saved me from many mistakes by reading what others have done or questions they have asked and has been answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCL in FL
    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter
    Quote Originally Posted by JCL in FL
    I'd go with the alternating blocks. Are going to meander or do a pattern?
    Since I have pretty much zero experience FMQ, except for some practice, I was thinking either meander or long wavy lines; another idea I had was to go round and round (but square!) in each block. That might be harder than meandering.
    I wouldn't think so. You can always mark it with an water eraseable pen if you have trouble lining it up with your presser foot.I've put tape on them before but just to line with the foot not to sew by, if you edge over you get gunk on the needle if you try to use tape to sew by and get too close and go on the tape.Do you understand what I just said, it sounds sorta strange now that I've read it. You have a lovely quilt and what ever you decide to do will be fine, every quilt we make we learn things from and sometimes the hard way. This site has saved me from many mistakes by reading what others have done or questions they have asked and has been answered.
    JCL: Thanks for the tip, I might try that. Experience is definitely one of the best teachers! Even after reading and trying to implement what others say, I spend a lot of time with the "reverse stitcher." (My hubby gets a big kick out of the lingo on here, and now sometimes refers to our cats as "inspectors.")

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