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    I want to change the size of the quilt I am creating to a queen size quilt instead of the lap size. I went and bought 3 yards of Maroon fabric and cut a bunch of pieces hoping to use it as a border around my block. Yuk...it looks horrible. So glad I did not sew it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I want to change the size of the quilt I am creating to a queen size quilt instead of the lap size. I went and bought 3 yards of Maroon fabric and cut a bunch of pieces hoping to use it as a border around my block. Yuk...it looks horrible. So glad I did not sew it.
    You can use the maroon as a final border, to add extra inches, but the way to increas your lap size to larger is to make more blocks!

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    I used up all of the fabric I had that I used on the disappearing blocks ; ( maybe I should just stick with the small size quilt. I have never made a larger quilt. I thought it would be easy to make it larger by adding a frame around the blocks, but it looks horrible. Looking at other patterns, but so far not sure if it would look good. I wonder if I sew the 9 blocks together and then just add a tan border. It will end up being a small quilt, but at least it will not be ugly.

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    You could use a brown instead of the cranberry. Maroon has a brownish tint to it.

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    It is an ugly color...I bought 3 1/2 yards of it. It looked nice in the store.

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    Maybe make the sashings strips a little narrower? Those are a bit wide in proportion to your blocks :wink:

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    A great reason to buy more fabric LOL

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    I think the sashings were going to be too wide - that is why the maroon stands out so much. Amma is right.

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    Next time don't cut your fabric for the borders. Instead open it out and lay the blocks on it to audition them. That way you can always use the fabric for something else if you don't chose to use it for strips. You might try a darker brown, or a lighter tan for a border.

    If you don't have the fabric yet, take your blocks with you to the fabric store and lay some across the bolt and look at it. If you think you like it, then open it out and lay more blocks to make sure. Ask the clerk to help you chose. They want the sale so usually will help, if you go in at a time when they aren't busy!

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    @Mshawii...thanks I never even thought about putting the blocks on the fabric...I don't know why...LOL...I went thrift shopping today and found 5 yards of a light tan for 1.99 along with a few other colors. The other colors do not go but can use them with a scrap quilt. I was so bummed I took a break...so glad I went out today. When I found that material for under 2.00 it was a sign to keep going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I want to change the size of the quilt I am creating to a queen size quilt instead of the lap size. I went and bought 3 yards of Maroon fabric and cut a bunch of pieces hoping to use it as a border around my block. Yuk...it looks horrible. So glad I did not sew it.
    Use black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Maybe make the sashings strips a little narrower? Those are a bit wide in proportion to your blocks :wink:
    I agree, use the same size as the narrow strip in the block. You don't want too many different sized strips, it gets confusing to the eye. Then use the same width for a small outer border and then a width of the biggeer block, in the block, for an outer border. This makes it all be cohesive. Also try and use one of the colors in the block for the outer border and then bind with the same fabric. Jan

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    By using a narrow strip in black would sure set it off and make the colors pop.

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    you could cut the maroon in half and add brown to it. would make two colors in between and that might please your eye more.

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    I ditched the fabric, bought some light beige. I have to quilts to finish before I start my new job on Monday...I really want to start some of my other new projects, but NO...I will finish these first. I did get the kitty quilt done so I know I can get my self motivated to finish my other two lap quilts...then some mug rugs.

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    I changed my mind again...used brown for a sash...first time sashing. Not too bad then I added a border. I was going to make this bigger, but decided to use fleece for backing and no batting and give it to my dad as a lap quilt. Just need to finish the binding this weekend.
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I ditched the fabric, bought some light beige. I have to quilts to finish before I start my new job on Monday...I really want to start some of my other new projects, but NO...I will finish these first. I did get the kitty quilt done so I know I can get my self motivated to finish my other two lap quilts...then some mug rugs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    It is an ugly color...I bought 3 1/2 yards of it. It looked nice in the store.
    Don't you hate when that happens? I wonder what kind of lights they use in the stores?

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    I finally finished!!! I spent the entire day putting on the binding. My dad will be heading back to FL soon and I wanted to give it to him before he leaves. Woohoo...
    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I want to change the size of the quilt I am creating to a queen size quilt instead of the lap size. I went and bought 3 yards of Maroon fabric and cut a bunch of pieces hoping to use it as a border around my block. Yuk...it looks horrible. So glad I did not sew it.
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    It is excellent. I like it.

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    You did a fantasic job after all lol....

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