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Old 11-08-2019, 06:06 AM
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Any ideas for a really different border? The blocks themselves have been in and out of their UFO home in a pizza box for at least 12 years! For me, the hardest part of the whole quilt was arranging the darned blocks! Cutting and sewing was easy - trying to get them to at least look like they were playing together - not so much!

Every once in a while when i felt guilty about the unfinished state of the quilt i would throw the blocks on the design wall or on the floor and try to arrange them. They always ended up back in the box with no solution until one New Years Eve when it was snowing and blowing so hard that i could barely find the house again while out walking the dogs, i decided to try arranging the blocks one more time. I already decided that i wasnt making any more blocks for this one because it was so hard to come up with a layout, so i would work with what i had to make a smaller quilt or a wallhanging. I must have been really bored (or maybe the 51st time was the charm) but i finally got something i could live with! 😊

But then... i really wanted a different border on the quilt than the customary one we all have seen with 6” borders of yardage of the original fabric. I dont think there is anything wrong with that, but for as many years as the finish has eluded me i really wanted to go out with a bang instead of a whimper! I am thinking that the finish should include enough of the “mother” fabric to be recognizable, but maybe not overdone. I also have yardage of most of the key colors found in the blocks for some kind of accent waiting on inspiration! The top is back in the box now aging appropriately

Somewhere in my mind (a dangerous place) i kinda see maybe having a wider border on just one side and/or the top or bottom utilizing the “mother” fabric in some way. Then maybe the remaining side and/or top or bottom might include my accent fabrics and small fussy cut blocks on point of the bear, eagle, etc. i know im probably making this harder than it needs to be but the poor thing kinda needs to finish with some kinda fanfare...

The “mother” fabric is from the Moda National Park Series (Yosemite). My husband and sons are wildlife enthusiasts and it just seemed to be a good idea at the time. Hopefully they have all forgotten about it by now and until i can come up with something to get it outta the pizza box one last time!

You all are so creative and accomplished (and encouraging) i thought maybe you wouldnt mind if i bounced this off of you... thank you for any thoughts or suggestions. The “mother” fabric tends to be pretty dark in most places with some welcome sparks of color. All of the dark blocks made it really hard to arrange but i did the best i could. I am thinking that because it “reads” so dark that i probably should attempt to make it “pop” a little by incorporating the complimentary yardage in the borders in some way?

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Old 11-08-2019, 07:13 AM
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so pretty!
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Old 11-08-2019, 07:18 AM
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Wonderful, colorful, fun quilt! You did a great job, especially figuring out the pattern. I love your work.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:12 AM
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Amazing. Lovely kaleidoscope quilt.
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Old 11-08-2019, 08:22 AM
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Hey, everybody... i apologize if i should have started a new thread here - instead of asking my question about my kaleidoscope border here??? It just seemed related to the subject of aashley333’s beautiful quilt so i jumped in. Sorry, i am 63 and this is my first experience with a board or social media of any kind.

I didnt think about it at the time but now wondering if i should have... if thats a better idea, please let me know and i will delete my post here and start over with a new thread. I wont take offense - im just learning this and wanna do it right. 😊

Thank you for all of your help (and bearing with me about more than quilting)!
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:18 AM
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Ashley, great job!
April M, I've had posts hi-jacked in the past, and never was offended. It is the same type of quilt, and whatever you choose for a border, it's already a winner!
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by aashley333 View Post
Just finished this kaleidoscope quilt. I am self taught from seeing a magazine cover, I made my own pattern.

One of the most attractive one that I have seen. !!

(from my current project)
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One of the most attractive one that I have seen!

Thank you for showing us your assemble method for the blocks.
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Old 11-08-2019, 11:07 AM
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Oh, no... i’m so sorry... so that is what hijacking is 🙈 if i offended anyone here, please accept my sincerest apologies.

I promise to do my very best to be a better and more considerate driver here. I feel bad, and i honestly did wonder about something maybe being wrong for some reason afterwards, but didnt know enough about the why. I get it now. Thank you for being honest with me.

I know now and thank you all for your patience. I guess i tend to be my own worst enemy when i get excited about something!
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:24 PM
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Beautiful!! You are gifted to have figured it out on your own!
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:40 PM
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That is just awesome! I was gifted some blocks and pieces of two different fabrics with no fabric left for one and a small piece of fabric for the other. Having never made this pattern I am at a loss to know what to do with the blocks to at least get a throw from them. And you made your own pattern and design!!!! Excellent! I need your thinking for mine. Well done.
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