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    Need help choosing border

    Does this border of black with the leaf pattern with random half-circle blocks work on this quilt or should I find another material with more color to it?
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    kinda hard to tell in this pic, but it looks good to me
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    Too busy for my taste, or maybe the gold leaves don't match colors in the quilt and that's why it stands out too much? Have any other fabrics to 'audition'?

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    It gives an asian flair --from what I see looks nice.....

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    I guess it depends on the look you are going for. I like brighter colors so I might add something with one or more of the
    bright colors. I do like how you put in the blocks on the border!

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    It looks ok but I think I would use another color out of the quilt and use the same blocks as like in the black. Very pretty quilt..
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    Your quilt is fabulous, but if you do anything fancy for the borders, it takes the interest away from the center, which would be a shame. I think I'd stick with a simple black border (but wider than the narrow strip) so that you can do some quilting on it using the black thread so its subdued but easily seen. It then places the focus on the center, where it belongs. Lovely!

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    I really like that fabric, though I agree with some of the others ... it's busy, and pulls your eye away from the work you have done on the quilt.
    Also, we really can't see the quilt. Any chance for a picture of it, more full on ... perhaps stand on a chair/ladder and shoot down? Or pin to your curtains? or?

    That being said, some thoughts would be ...
    After the black that you already have on there, a 1/4" flange in a colour you want to have pop from the quilt. Then more of the black, about 2 or 3 times wider than the first black.
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    I love the quilt but the border looks very busy with the two blocks worked in. I would just go with the bamboo print in the border and it will then showcase the beauty of the quilt by framing it. This is just my opinion.
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    I like the border, but before attaching it I would put a flange of some color that occurs in the center of the quilt (I think there is red and a that would be my preference, but blue would be good too). Then add the border.
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    I think a solid border would be best, anything else will compete with the center of the quilt taking away focus from the main part of the quilt, lessening the effect of the pretty colors in the center.
    Cindy

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    Perfect just the way you show it!

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    I think I would but a more scrappy border on............ even 6" crazy square blocks with 2" black strips around the blocks and do the binding is random colors. Hope we get to see the finished quilt what ever you decide to do for the border.
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    I would go for a red border and then use your black for the binding maybe. The idea of a red flange is good also. I am afraid that your black/gold border is too busy for your quilt. The red in the quilt is sort of a medium sized print and would help to tie things together while calming it down a little, despite the bright color. IMHO, Carly in SC

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    I like it, it allows the center to shine instead of competing. I'd love to find some of that fabric for myself! Beautiful quilt!!
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    At first I thought I saw that the whole border was the leaf print but as I looked closer, I can see that you are planning a thin black border, a wider leaf border with the circles and then a final black border? I think that works! Happy quilting.
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    I actually like this border with the quilt. The main blocks have a Japanese "feel" to them in this photo, so the bamboo leaf border is completely appropriate.

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    The border fights with the center. I would choose something simpler to frame and enhance the center.

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    Nope...go with something else. Really like the rest of the quilt top

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    I kind of like it with the blocks inserted randomly to tie it all in together. You do have black and gold in your quilt. Very artistic and pretty!
    Helen T.

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    I like the fabric and think just the border without the added blocks would look great.
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    I think it adds interest to the border just the way you have it.

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    you should go with what pleases you, but it's not one I would add

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    Sorry I don't think the border does justice to the quilt Try a dark color so that the focus stays on all those wonderful blocks in the center-if you haven't done the backing yet maybe you could use the gold bamboo leaves there???

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    I really like it, that little touch of gold in the border just sets it all off. Very pretty quilt.

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