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Thread: I'm loving this now thanks to you! Need input for border please!

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    I am SOOOO glad I listened to everyone on the board that encouraged me to continue with this quilt. The results far exceed what I thought it would be like when I first started sewing the blocks together! I now know you can't tell a quilt by it's early beginnings!

    Now I'm trying to figure out the borders. I'm completely out of the dark blue fabric that I used for sashings. I have scraps from the shirts left and I have larger pieces of some fabrics left (see pic)...but I think I need to go purchase really dark blue for the border (to really anchor it all) and then use the rustic red material for the inset triangles for the binding. But I really would like input...since y'all were so instrumental in me finishing this! :-) What are your ideas?

    The quilt so far is approx. 67 x 97 without any border. It's intended to be a large throw for my tall son.

    Thanks again!

    I have "just" enough blue paisley for the border but I'm not sure it's the way to go. I think I need something darker...what do y'all think?
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    love the blue paisley
    it turned out lovely!!

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    Very nice. I would use the Dk. blue with white.

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    I would use dk blue for the setters and the border with maybe an inner border of red.

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    I think you're on the right track with using a dark blue for the border. If you can't find the same as you used in the sashings, go for one that "reads" the same value. Then bind with the red as planned to tie it all together.

    GREAT JOB on the piecing!!

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    I think dark blue too. I agree with white too as the binding.

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    I agree with going to get dark blue. You will be much happier with the end result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KR
    I think you're on the right track with using a dark blue for the border. If you can't find the same as you used in the sashings, go for one that "reads" the same value. Then bind with the red as planned to tie it all together.

    GREAT JOB on the piecing!!
    Thanks! The dark blue denim-like material was much more stretchy than I anticipated and proved quite a challenge. I'm pleased that I was able to get things lined up as well as I did. Then trying to keep the plaids and stripes straight...whew! There are a couple of dark blues that I've seen that "read" like the sashing. Only thing the one I really like is a subtle floral...being that this is so "manly" a quilt, would that work? The other that I could consider is a TINY blue/dark blue check. (And is one of the materials in the quilt already). I wouldn't usually think about using a check for the border...but since it's 2 shades of dk. blue and it's so very tiny...I think it would still be okay. Any thoughts?

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    No flowers for your guy! Checks get my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SewMomma66
    No flowers for your guy! Checks get my vote.

    That was my thought...thanks!

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    So pleased you stuck with it!! It looks fantastic!! I agree with SewMomma66 NO FLOWERS! I would go with checks! IMHO!!

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    [/quote]The other that I could consider is a TINY blue/dark blue check. (And is one of the materials in the quilt already). I wouldn't usually think about using a check for the border...but since it's 2 shades of dk. blue and it's so very tiny...I think it would still be okay. Any thoughts?[/quote]

    I'm trying to pick out the fabric you mean by looking at your quilt. Can you post a picture showing the one you mean?

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    I have "just" enough blue paisley for the border but I'm not sure it's the way to go.

    The blue paisley is the way to go; look at your picture, the blue and white makes all the other blocks pop. Great choice, don't change it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abc123retired
    I would use dk blue for the setters and the border with maybe an inner border of red.
    :thumbup:

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    The other that I could consider is a TINY blue/dark blue check. (And is one of the materials in the quilt already). I wouldn't usually think about using a check for the border...but since it's 2 shades of dk. blue and it's so very tiny...I think it would still be okay. Any thoughts?[/quote]

    I'm trying to pick out the fabric you mean by looking at your quilt. Can you post a picture showing the one you mean?[/quote]

    This is the one that I'm thinking of.

    Gee...you can't see the details of the check...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SewMomma66
    I agree with going to get dark blue. You will be much happier with the end result.
    ditto

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    That is a lovely quilt! It's cozy country! I like darker blue for a border... but I know you don't have any left. Solids are inexpensive! :wink:

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    This is the one that I'm thinking of.
    It is hard to see the checks but I like this one best of the ones shown & would go with it. But I think I'd bind it with the red you used for the small squares.

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    I think its perfect!

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    yep, I would go with the checks, and I really like the idea of the red binding.

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    Oh, I think I like the tiny blue/blue check. JMO

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    :thumbup: It never ceases to amaze me just how talented "we" are! So many beautiful projects and this is one of them. I agree that a narrow inner border perhaps in white followed by the dark blue would look very nice.

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    Concur with red setting, blue check on blue border, red binding. You could add a narrow white innerborder (or piping) between the blue border and red setting triangles. Might give it too much of a patriotic flair and you might not be going for that look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommamac
    This is the one that I'm thinking of.
    It is hard to see the checks but I like this one best of the ones shown & would go with it. But I think I'd bind it with the red you used for the small squares.
    Good idea...I'll see if I have enough of that left over.

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    This is a beautiful quilt. IMO, I would use a darker border to make those blocks pop. Good job. Thank you for sharing.

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