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Thread: Ideas for borders to enlarge quilt for college-bound boy

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    Ideas for borders to enlarge quilt for college-bound boy

    This black/white/crayola quilt was a project of my LQS's BOM in 2011. The pattern has two options for the border: one another block repeated all around the sides (two busy for my taste) and the other just plain 6" border added to the current top. My problem is the adding 6" to each side doesn't give me a big enough quilt for a twin bed. This quilt will be a HS graduation gift for my nephew (good thing I have a few more months to complete it).

    As I figure it, the quilt, currently 45x59, needs about 12-15" per side to bring it to the right size. Options:

    (1) add long strips of the black/white/grey fabrics along each side (how many? going from narrow to wide?)
    (2) add some more interesting borders.

    Tempting as it might be to insert some color, I'm concerned about making it too colorful.

    Also, I don't want too elaborate a border (i.e., putting too much effort into it) because we know how it's likely to be used/abused etc. by a college boy :-)

    Sooooooo what are your suggestions?

    Thanks for looking and for sharing your ideas!
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    Beautiful quilt
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    Awesome quilt.

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    Beautiful quilt. I think I would go out on a limb and put a small border of the deep red like in the 2nd block and then put a larger border of the grey or black on it..
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    Good job so far.
    I agree with you about college kids lack of concern for details, such as caring for quilts, even if they appreciate them. You have already used several colors in this quilt. I would be inclined to use simple strips around the edges, alternating narrow strips of the colors you already have, especially the deep red, with wider strips of grey and black.

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    You could also use all the colors in the quilt and make a "piano keys" border as wide as needed all the way around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    You could also use all the colors in the quilt and make a "piano keys" border as wide as needed all the way around.
    My thought also was a piano key type of border using the colors in the top but with different key sizes. Not too much fuss with having to keep keys same size. I like your layout and colors, thanks for sharing.
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    Nice quilt!! What about black and white in various widths? I hope he takes care of it!!

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    Beautiful quilt!
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    I love the way your colors make every block different, yet they all blend into one harmonious design--and it's gorgeous. As much work as you already have in the top, the borders could be very plain so they don't compete. I'd go with your option 2, using all the shades of gray/black; audition different sizes to decide on width of each strip, with the bulk of the border in the patterned gray.

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    Have you thought about trying to incorporate his college colors? I like the idea of using the deep red as a thin inner broader, then a grey as a thick outer border, maybe bind in black?

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    My suggestion is use the colors already in the quilt to make a 2 or 3 inch squares border - use the greys as well as the colors. Then a narrow grey, pin stripe in black as you have in the sashing and a wide grey border like the outer one now.

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    I'd do a 1" (sews to 1/2") white and then larger strips of all the colours in the quilt other than white and black

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    WOW - that is just beautiful - great job thanks for sharing
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    I like the idea of a smaller border in blk and one of the block colors outside in a larger border. or visa versa...which ever looks better when you lay it out. Which color is the difficult part. Maybe if one of the colors is a school color that would be nice or a favorite team color. I am sure whichever color you choose will look great. its a really nice quilt. (I would say pretty but it is for a guy )

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    I agree with the other comments about the piano key border using the colors (or nearly like) what is already in the quilt - it won't deter from it's originality, but will add to the size you want in the end.
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    Yes my first thought was a piano key border incorporating all the colors including the gray/white/black. Or you could make a flying geese border and even 1/2 sq triangles using all the colors would be nice.

    And the quilt is just gorgeous the way it is!!
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    Beautiful quilt! I am no help with the borders...please post when done!

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    My first thought was a piano key border. Maybe do a 3 inch border in black, then another row - 4" in gray, then finsh up with the piano key.
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    I would make another row of blocks and then add borders whatever width needed to make it as wide as I wanted.
    The quilt is beautiful and I hopw he appreciates it enough to take care of it. Make a label with care instructions, as how to wash and dry.

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    superb quilt espesially for a lad off to college, think I would put a small border of one of the colours used then a larger one in background fabric, but its your quilt and I look forward to seeing it complete, well done

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    Well, here it is, with borders

    I read all your ideas and appreciate the suggestions. Had really planned on a piano key border (among others) and realized it would be silly to put tons more time into this quilt that is likely to be abused LOL.

    Sooooo I added five borders, using the black (actually it's a charcoal blender), white, and the cranberry.

    Thanks again for your help!
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    Nice quilt. I would do a red boarder and then a checkerboard black & white with a red square thrown in every once in awhile.

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