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Thread: Yellow Brick Road border

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    I was going through my stash and pulled a bunch of brights for this lap quilt. Now I am wondering what to do around the border? (6 1/2 inch all around) I was thinking a purple print on print (to calm?) - Any other ideas from you experienced or inexperienced quilters?
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    I am by no means an experienced quilter but I wouldnt "calm" it down. :lol: It is what it is!! I would probably use the bright green border, the yellow or orange with all the colors in it or use scraps of all of them to make the border!! Great job by the way :thumbup: cheryl

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    I can see it framed up with that darker purple, if by chance you have it. Or at the least, a narrow border of it before you continue on.

    Black would be a nice frame on it, though I think 6-1/2" as you mentioned would be too wide.

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    My husband suggested black, but there is NO black in any of the fabrics - there is brown however. The pattern says 6 1/2 inch border, but I could make it smaller. I don't have enough of any of the top fabrics to do a border, unless a mixture of all of the six fabrics in perhaps a 2 inch border...but I was thinking something solid would calm it?

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    I would not do a single border. I would start with a narrow border that is bright to make it pop, then add a wider border in a coordinating fabric. Could even do 3 borders, maybe first at 1" then 1/2" bright border, then wider border.

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    First of all...what gorgeous colors you've picked for this quilt. I just love all the fabrics! My first full size quilt was a YBR which I did in much more subdued colors...pinks, greens and browns for my Mom's 81st birthday. I, also, had issues deciding on the border(s). I ended up doing two narrow borders of brown and pink and the largest outer border in the green. The brown really helped frame the quilt since I had less brown in the blocks. I think your idea of the purple makes sense, but use it as the first border to really frame your blocks and then pull a couple of the other colors out for the outer borders...maybe the lime green and orange.
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    Black first ... about 2 or 3"

    Then use all your leftovers, join randomly together in 1-1/2" to 2" squares (all the same size)

    Black again about 3 or 4"

    I'm just giving you some approx sizes ... you need to audition this with your quilt and find the sizes that work.

    The first black will frame it up.
    The multi colour narrower border will pull some of the colour to the outside, and not detract from the work of the main part.
    The final black just frames it all up more!

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    Audition fabrics. Fold the fabric to the width of the border and put it next to it. Put a different one on each side and see which ones makes it pop.

    I love your brights. Try the red, see what it does

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    Quote Originally Posted by teri295
    I was going through my stash and pulled a bunch of brights for this lap quilt. Now I am wondering what to do around the border? (6 1/2 inch all around) I was thinking a purple print on print (to calm?) - Any other ideas from you experienced or inexperienced quilters?
    Love the bright colors.

    I've got a bright batik turning 20 small quilt that I've not found a border for, either. I'm leaning toward a black batik of some sort.

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    I would do a 1" border of a dark solid, purple would be nice, to frame the quilt and then a 2nd border using the fabrics from the quilt body

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    I've got a yellow brick road I made with lots of pastel florals and can't find a border print either. I'm tempted to not put a border on it. What about that?

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    I LOVE all the different ideas and suggestions. I hadn't thought of putting a multiple border on it, but I really like that idea. I'll audition several of your comments....but am leaning towards a dark purple 1-2", and if I have enough maybe piece all the fabrics inside together, followed by a final border of the dark purple or green. Thanks for showing me your mother's ybr quilt Teapots & Quilts, - I love the colors in that one too.

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    Missi - I NEEEEED a border!!! More room to cuddle under!

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    Keep it bright unless you really don't like bright. I'd suggest a turquoise, maybe a plain fabric in the lighter color of the turquoise if you want to soften it but keep it bright. Or something that is in the green color harmony like the lighter color in the print. Definitely audition some choices.

    I like the bright colors. Can't wait to see what you do pick.

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    I've made 2 yellowbrick roads as babyquilts and didn't put a border on either. They both turned out very cute.

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    I agree with debcavan on using a red border. Your quilt is very nice by the way.

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