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Thread: Need Advice

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    I am making my 3rd quilt, without a pattern. eek! Now I know why I should stick to a pattern. Too many decisions.

    I need to make it 9" bigger all around. I am out of half sq triangles, so no matter what I do, I will be cutting more.

    Should I
    A. continue one more row all around ending in 1/2 square light diamonds all around.
    B. make a full row all around with scrappy dark HS triangles (shown in second pic).
    C. Border all around in a 9" strip of dark or light (maybe 4 1/2 of each?) fabric
    D. any other brilliant ideas?

    Twin with 9" blocks
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    this is a narrow light blue, wide dark blue
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    I like the dark border

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    You have a really nice quilt!

    9" extra is only 4-1/2" for each side, so I'd head to the borders now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnergs
    I like the dark border
    I agree :lol:

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    That's very pretty - and great job without a pattern!

    Two borders, 1.5" light grey then either dark grey or dark blue in 3" border.

    does it need to be EXACTLY 9" larger, or AT LEAST 9" larger?

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    I like the idea of 41/2 " border.

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    Actually it needs to be 18" wider and longer. 9" all around.

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    Dark

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    I might do a thinner light border about 2 inches(1.5 finished) followed by a 3.5 inch in the dark.

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    Thanks for the clarification ...

    9" all around ... that'd be one full set of blocks longer and wider.

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    Very pretty quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Thanks for the clarification ...

    9" all around ... that'd be one full set of blocks longer and wider.
    yes, that is right. But seriously, I am in danger of giving up on this project if I have to cut and sew that many more BLUE HST's Blue isn't my color, and I am just sick of looking at this project. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by chereth
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE
    Thanks for the clarification ...

    9" all around ... that'd be one full set of blocks longer and wider.
    yes, that is right. But seriously, I am in danger of giving up on this project if I have to cut and sew that many more BLUE HST's Blue isn't my color, and I am just sick of looking at this project. lol
    Oh, please don't give up ... it's too nice of a quilt and you've done such a good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chereth
    yes, that is right. But seriously, I am in danger of giving up on this project if I have to cut and sew that many more BLUE HST's Blue isn't my color, and I am just sick of looking at this project. lol
    Yeah, but it will be soooooo worth it.

    I vote for the dark(est) HST blocks all around the top.
    Toss out your lightest darks and don't use them in the border.
    It's a really subtle effect, but it works.
    No lights in the border.

    If you absolutely can't muster up any enthusiasm for one more HST block, then a border of your darkest blue all around.
    The dark will make all the lights in the center sparkle.

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    Blue's not my color either but I love your quilt! You did a beautiful job "not to have used a pattern."

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    I like the 3rd choice = OMG! your 3rd quilt and you are doing this???? Awesome!

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    I like the borders.. :)

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    I would choose the double border!

    Great job!

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    I just had three quilting friends stop by and got a great idea. I think I will try it.

    Narrow very light blue pleat followed by a narrow dark blue border followed by a wider light blue border. I have to dig through my fabric and see what I have enough of for this.

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    Beautiful quilt :thumbup:

    I'd go for 1.5in (cut 2in) light inner border and
    3.5in (cut 4in) dark outer border ... if you don't want the extra inch, cut the outer dark border 3.5in ~ :D

    HTH ~

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    When in doubt, as as you can see from the suggestions given, always frame your quilt - pictures (art work) is always framed, and our pictures sewn in fabric are artwork that need to be framed. Good rule of thumb. Go for al dark half square trianges. will be drop dead beautiful.

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    I think an inner border the width of your small blocks and the dark outer border would look great! Your quilt is beautiful. Working without a pattern allows you to expand your skill base a lot faster. We learn by doing and you are doing :thumbup: :thumbup: :D

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    Good job. Not sure how I would make it larger but I do like
    the border.

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    Dark border!!

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    It is very very pretty. I'd just go with a border to frame it. it is so balanced in the design right now.

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