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Thread: Top done, but odd size?

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    Top done, but odd size?

    I've just completed this top.

    As it stands, it is 70 inch square.

    I call this the odd size as it is too big to be a lap, but too small to be a bed quilt.
    I don't think this goes well with my decor, so that rules out wall quilt.

    So I need advice - should I leave it as 70 inch square, or add borders to enlarge it? I am hesitant about adding if it doesn't gel with the original feel/design. Most importantly, I don't have anymore of the fabric!

    What do you think? Thanks

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    It is lovely. If anything I would do a black border. When my quilts are odd sizes, I like to toss on a bed or over the back of a chair, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodledo View Post
    It is lovely. If anything I would do a black border. When my quilts are odd sizes, I like to toss on a bed or over the back of a chair, etc.
    I agree with both comments Those are nit my colors, but it is striking and a fine quilt. If it does not work in your home, I'd bet it would do well in a charity auction.

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    These are mostly Kaffe Fasset's range from a few years back. I was in love with his super saturated colors.

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    I love it. I have smaller sized quilts that just cover the top of the bed over a plain white duvet, just to add colour.

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    Ohh so pretty!! I can give you my address if it needs a home I would do what doodledo suggested and put a black border around it and use it any way you can. It would make a wonderful happy dreary day reading quilt.

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    I think it's beautiful as is, but a black border would look nice too.
    Another idea would be to add small splashes of color throughout the black border.
    If you had some scraps of the bright colors, you could add small squares of it to the border.
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    It is beautiful! If you don't have anymore of the fabric, I think I would remove a row of four and add three squares to the bottom. That will leave one square for a pillow and I would add a narrow black border and binding. Is it just my screen but the right bottom corner square looks a little different colour? I would put that one in a pillow.

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    can you get any solids in the colors of the top? if so, do a black border, then a border of the solids cut in sections about the size of your 'frame' around the square and separate those by black sashing in the size of the current black 'sashing' and then another black border.

    it's a beautiful top.
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    I agree...great looking quilt, a nice solid border would be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It is beautiful! If you don't have anymore of the fabric, I think I would remove a row of four and add three squares to the bottom. That will leave one square for a pillow and I would add a narrow black border and binding. Is it just my screen but the right bottom corner square looks a little different colour? I would put that one in a pillow.
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    I might take a row off one side and put it on the bottom, so instead of being 4x4 blocks, it's 3x5. Then it might be a better lap size. Then bind or boarder on black. Any way you do it's it's still very pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It is beautiful! If you don't have anymore of the fabric, I think I would remove a row of four and add three squares to the bottom. That will leave one square for a pillow and I would add a narrow black border and binding. Is it just my screen but the right bottom corner square looks a little different colour? I would put that one in a pillow.
    I agree with this idea.

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    3X5 is a good idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It is beautiful! If you don't have anymore of the fabric, I think I would remove a row of four and add three squares to the bottom. That will leave one square for a pillow and I would add a narrow black border and binding. Is it just my screen but the right bottom corner square looks a little different colour? I would put that one in a pillow.
    I think this is the perfect solution although I don't believe 70x70 is too large for a lap quilt!
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    I would add a black or dark border. It would make it Pop.
    Great colors.
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    This is beautiful. Does it need to be square? If not, what about removing one row & incorprate in the backing. Thank you for sharing.

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    very nice quilt.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by susiequilt View Post
    I think this is the perfect solution although I don't believe 70x70 is too large for a lap quilt!
    I agree...taking it apart would be huge but it is to beautiful to not be happy with it's size! I am not a fan of square quilts so I think taking from the side and adding to the bottom would be the way to go.

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    its very nice i think blacks borders would look good
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    Yes, a black border would be perfect. If you need to make it longer just do the top and bottom border bigger than the sides. If you need it larger add a thin lime green strip between two wider black strips. I think that would be very striking. Your quilt is beautiful!
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    I think this beautiful quilt is perfect for a tv watching quilt. I wouldn't change a thing on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety2911 View Post
    Yes, a black border would be perfect. If you need to make it longer just do the top and bottom border bigger than the sides. If you need it larger add a thin lime green strip between two wider black strips. I think that would be very striking. Your quilt is beautiful!
    I like the idea of the lime strip between the dark borders. It provides a place for the eyes to rest, as the quilt is quite busy.

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    That's just fantastically gorgeous! I'm actually working on a quilt in that pattern right now for my cousin, though in far less stunning colors. Love what you did with it. Really, really nice.

    From all the comments I've read, I really like the idea of removing one row and adding to the bottom, and then making a pillow out of the 'odd' (but still gorgeous and perfectly in keeping) square!

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    I have one that size also, I pull it over me on those especially cold nights

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