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Thread: Need ideas for border

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    Junior Member imaquilter's Avatar
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    Okay.....some of you may remember that I posted pics of about 20 of these blocks a few months ago. The fabrics all came from a swap I was involved in. I peiced the blocks and put the top together but, now need a border. I want a simple plain border as this quilt is a remake of an 1896 pattern. What I need is suggestions for color....? Should I go with a plain dark color or a dark multi color or a brown or a blue or...you get the idea...I have every color combination possible going on here so there are tons of possibilities.

    Help! It's 11:16 pm and my brain is fried and I have to work at the Quilt Shop tomorrow and want to pick up the border fabric then. I hope I catch some late nighters or early risers!
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    I'd use black or another dark color to pull it all together. That is a very beautiful quilt - I would love to make one sometime.

    Color choices are really great.

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    What about one of those absolutely beautiful marbled fabrics in darker tones. The ones that look like they've been sponge painted only much more subtle. If I could think right now, I'd remember who does them LOL.

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    Ooooh, this is what i would do. See bottom of quilt, second row from bottom, second square in on left side? lol I would do someting like that, like a tan coloured marble wide border, with a small chocolate brown inner and outer border lol Beautiful quilt!

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    I agree with the above!

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    There's a lot going on with this quilt. I think a simple black border would do 'er justice!

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    That it a lovely quilt , your work is inspiring. I would opt for a dark green self patterned border or possibly dark wine.
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    when you look at the photo, which color(s) grab your attention first, then second. (mine go straight to the red, then the blue, for example). those are the two colors i would use for an inner and outer border. (i woiuld do the blue as inner, red as outer). I would bind it in a very dark brown, or a superdark blue.

    teeny-tiny florals, mottled, or marbled

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    All suggestions are great. I like the darker border ideas.

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    My preference would be a deep burgandy or wine color for the border.

    Barb

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    Use a dark brn or black outside border w/ a dark gold inner border to stop the quilt and then frame it.

    Bebe

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    I thought first a deep blue not royal , and the wine maroon red. It seem do call for deep dark colors :D

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    That is an amazing looking quilt. I would never guess that all those colors would go so well together. I can't make any suggestions about the border except to audition some dark colors. I have my own issues with colors and borders 8)

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    Your quilt is smashing!! I agree with the black border. Happy Quilting!
    PS If I worked in a quilt store I would be broke all the time!!

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    Thanks so much everyone! I auditioned a few fabrics today at the shop from the clearance section (was hoping to get away with $5 per yard) but, nothing worked. I am going to try tomorrow with the regular priced fabrics. But, what I did try.....you all were right, it HAS to be dark and very subtle pattern. There is so much going on. I will post again to let you see what I chose and the pic of it completed.

    I too, thought some of those fabrics were going to be hideous together. I HATED the quilt while I was making it as I just knew it was going to be
    UGLY....I mean, how could it work....it has everything from Civil War prints to bright novelty in it. But, you know what....once it was all put together and I laid it out and stood on a ladder (ha!) and looked at it......I LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Even hubby liked it....WOW! I got a ton of compliments on it at the shop!

    Thanks so much everyone!!!!! You are all so helpful!

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    Hey Patrice...you know when I stand back and look at it....I see that orange block in the bottom right corner.... :lol:

    I would say that I should have added more orange but, my goal was to use EXACTLY what I was given in the swap and not change a thing. So, it is what it is. I think I love it so much because it is a quilt made from so many different quilter's stashes. And, so many of them are also my friends so it is very special. I can pick out which block fabrics were given to me by certain people as they shopped in my quilt store and I know their taste in fabric. SO NEAT!!!!!

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    Okay...as promised, here is the quilt with the border on! I think it turned out fabulous!
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    THAT IS JUST GORGOUS!!!!!


    Such a beautiful quilt!

    Seems as if it all worked out perfectly!

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    So what color of border did you end up using? Hard to tell from the photo but i just love the look of the quilt!!!!

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    Lovely - the dark border really sets all the blocks off. I am amazed that you can remember who made every block !!

    Great job!!

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    Scrappilicious! I love it!

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    Beautiful, so many colors---it's eye candy--that's for sure!!!! I would probably use black for the border or dark, dark, green---a minimal print or mottled fabric---we can't wait to see the finished product!

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    I saw a quilt that had black prairie as the border that was stunning.
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    nice quilts.....

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