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Thread: need some opinions on this border please! white flag here! :)

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    need some opinions on this border please! white flag here! :)

    been working on this off and on now for a long time and i HAVE to get it finished. this is the only fabric i have that is big enough for the border. it is as wide as it needs to be, 12". i dont know~~i just don't know!!! part of me says hey this is okay and the other part of me is screaming ARE YOU SERIOUS? NO WAY! i can't work on something for this long and then not finish it right. i need some much valued opinions here on what you think! i have NO fabric left over from this big enough to make the border! thank you!
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    that second pic is NOT sposed to be there and when i try and edit it i can't make it go away, sorry!
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    I not liking that fabric as your border.. I think you need to find another.. Sorry but that how I see it. the print you have has none of the warm tones used in the blocks.. If you can find a print that has some of the blues with some warm tones you have in the quilt it would be more in keeping with the quilt.
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    no Lori thats what i want!!!! thanks for your input! you know when something is right and your inside screams YES! ....well, mine is not doing that with this!
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    I think that fabric detracts from your colorful blocks.
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    Since your center part is kind of busy and your current border fabric choice is a busy one as well, I would at least use a white strip to separate the center from the border if I were you. it will also gives eyes a rest. Just my two cents.

    You did a great job on the center part!

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    In all seriousness, I really LOVE that first picture. It's almost as if the quilt is sitting within another (giant) block. It's different, yet is of the same spirit. The more I look at it, the more I like it!!! It just seems to belong. My vote is for the first one.

    I see the majority, so far, disagrees with me. LOL Well, I tend to think outside the box, so am used to that. Since your sashings are all rather plain, I think a solid border would be a bit . . . well, plain. For me, the floral border brings it alive. Maybe a narrow, dark blue border, between the two . . . but I'd definitely keep that floral!
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    Why not throw together a scrappy looking border to coordinate with all those beautiful colors and offset the blue a little?

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    I think either print could work if you put a brighter, stopper border between the last blue strip & either blue fabric you show there. I would go through my stash & look for all yellow, orange, red, bright purple fabrics you have that could be a stopper border. Put that strip between the center of the quilt & then put your two fabrics on the outside. Do you like any of them? I have to back off about 10 ft to really see how the finished quilt would look. Up close, a lot of them look good. lol
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    Do you need the border that wide to make the quilt bigger? If not, I think it would look okay with a narrower border of it.

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    I agree with the others. to busy on the borders. what about a darker blue (sashing) around the outside about 2.5 inches then a light blue (about 4 to 6 inches) depending on the size of the quilt.(the same color as your sashing) I think that would not take away from your wonderful quilt
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    I would like it without a border, unless you need the quilt to be bigger. Maybe just a dark blue binding to pull it together...can't wait to see what you decide.
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    no Tartan it has to be that wide to make it fit. i dont have enough of anything to make another border. but while i was doing dishes i just ran in here wiping my hands on my shirt and thinking hey! tell me what you think a cream color border would look like with some appliqued flowers, etc here and there on it would look like? im taking the binding and scrapping it like the quilt so i will bring in some outer color. whatcha think???? a woman's best work is while daydreaming out the kitchen window! okay well this might not be a good idea but i can throw it in. your ideas are all fabulous thank you so much!
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    piano keys?????
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    i would use a narrow cream/ off white border. then narrow the blue down. so it would be the solid blue, cream and blue print. that is what i would do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
    I think either print could work if you put a brighter, stopper border between the last blue strip & either blue fabric you show there. I would go through my stash & look for all yellow, orange, red, bright purple fabrics you have that could be a stopper border. Put that strip between the center of the quilt & then put your two fabrics on the outside. Do you like any of them? I have to back off about 10 ft to really see how the finished quilt would look. Up close, a lot of them look good. lol
    That's my thoughts too. I think the blue is fine as long as you have a separator color. I would go for a yellowish white ...narrower border......and then use the blue.

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    I'm with the folks who vote against your first print. I, too, think it detracts from the gorgeous quilt. Too busy. The quilt itself is fabulous!!
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    I like the idea of using a scrappy type border with the fabrics used throughout the quilt. The more I look at the picture the print is ok, but just ok.
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    I agree With Tartan. The border seems too wide.

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    Hi,
    Your quilt is beautiful, good job!!! I like the border you selected (1st pic) and I would just add a small 1 inch inner boarder to frame it a little more. Maybe in white or pink. Regardless, your quilt is beautiful. You are so close to done and you did a super job.

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    I like this idea much better.
    Quote Originally Posted by terri bb View Post
    no Tartan it has to be that wide to make it fit. i dont have enough of anything to make another border. but while i was doing dishes i just ran in here wiping my hands on my shirt and thinking hey! tell me what you think a cream color border would look like with some appliqued flowers, etc here and there on it would look like? im taking the binding and scrapping it like the quilt so i will bring in some outer color. whatcha think???? a woman's best work is while daydreaming out the kitchen window! okay well this might not be a good idea but i can throw it in. your ideas are all fabulous thank you so much!
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    Quote Originally Posted by terri bb View Post
    no Tartan it has to be that wide to make it fit. i dont have enough of anything to make another border. but while i was doing dishes i just ran in here wiping my hands on my shirt and thinking hey! tell me what you think a cream color border would look like with some appliqued flowers, etc here and there on it would look like? im taking the binding and scrapping it like the quilt so i will bring in some outer color. whatcha think???? a woman's best work is while daydreaming out the kitchen window! okay well this might not be a good idea but i can throw it in. your ideas are all fabulous thank you so much!
    this is exactly what i was thinking
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    your quilt is beautiful and I don't think that border would do it justice. I like your idea about making a border with applique on it. Be sure to show us the finished product.
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    No. It's wrong. Your blocks are beautiful and you wouldn't want to attach that to it. Take the top to your LQS, lay it on a table and get busy matching different bolts to it and seeing which pattern/color either sets the blocks or 'completes' the quilt top. Good luck.
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    Oh and sorry to say but $$ will need to paid for more material to make this the beauty you have already made.
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