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Thread: Need Suggestions For Quilting The Borders

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    Need Suggestions For Quilting The Borders

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Size:  43.2 KBAfter a year I've gotten this piece half way hand quilted. YAY!!! The quilting echoed the pieces in the inside of the quilt but not sure what to do with the borders. Would really appreciate some suggestions. The green border is 2" wide, the yellow is 1 1/2" wide, the floral is 4" wide, the next yellow is 1 1/2" wide and the pink is 2" wide. Thanks so much!
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    I got the pictures, this is one beautiful quilt.

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    nice

    you might want to do small o 's and Large O 's or some times' called e 's & o 's

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    i think this one would look good across all of the borders http://quiltingstencils.com/ribbon3.aspx
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    OH MY! That is a beautiful quilt and your hand-quilting is gorgeous! I am mainly a longarm quilter, but, I think simple quilting in the border would be best, as it is a busy border made with several fabrics. How about piano keys, with each key being the same width, and lining up with the small squares in the blocks? I think it would be easy to mark and quilt, but very effective.
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    great quilt, I would just do simple feathers

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    I am a handquilter and one of my favorite borders is a row of hearts with a swirl line between each. I have a cookie cutter I use and alternate the hearts, one up, one down with the line between. It's nice because it is not too dense and is quite fast once you get it marked. I have collected a lot of seasonal cookie cutters just for quilting but the heart is my favorite.

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    What do you think about this one? Since the inside is all quilted straight lines I thought maybe something with a smooth design might look good on the outside.
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    I really like the circles, I just quilted my last quilt with them and it really is a nice design.

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    I might suggest something simple as the floral fabric is so busy the quilting won't be very visible. Diagonal or straight lines ~2" apart? Perhaps in pairs (double lines), I think that's just classic! Beautiful quilt!

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    I like the idea of circles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimS View Post
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    What do you think about this one? Since the inside is all quilted straight lines I thought maybe something with a smooth design might look good on the outside.
    Tried this one (the circles) and didn't like it.
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    Beautiful quilt...

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    What about clam shell?
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    Beautiful quilt and quilting! Sorry I am no help with the border!

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    The print in the border is very busy so any quilting you do won't show very much at all on the front. It will show on the back. I would keep it very simple for that reason (why put a ton of effort hand quilting on something that won't show unless you are only a few inches away?)

    I would do a very simple cable like this:
    http://quiltingstencils.com/cableborder35.aspx

    These are both cute and would probably go fairly quickly
    http://quiltingstencils.com/heartinheartborder3.aspx
    http://quiltingstencils.com/heartborder3.aspx

    Go through the border designs from Stencil company. You should find plenty of ideas but i would keep it a very simple motif.

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    Isn't it fun to see what everyone suggests? Here I was thinking something along this line to keep the 4 patch effect going out into the borders. http://quiltingstencils.com/picketfence45.aspx Whatever you choose will be lovely.

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    Thanks for all the great ideas! I may have to order some new stencils from Quilting Stencils. Can never have enough. I experimented and stitched a few clam shells and think I'll go with that. It seems to soften the harder edges in the middle of the quilt.
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    I don't have any new suggestions. But the quilt is lovely and so is your quilting.
    Lisa

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    I also vote for simple feathers in the border. Beautiful quilt and hand quilting!
    Helen T.

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    border quilting:
    How about zigzag or a Greek motif...squares
    To sort of play off what you did with the white strips in the corner?

    something like this below but the next section would have the horizontal line at the top.
    This is a pretty familiar Greek motif but have no clue what it is called...Should be easy to quilt because it would be continuous.
    and since your strips are narrow it could be adjusted easily.

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    I would continue the triangles you have in the main sections.
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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