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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Border decisions....

If you were reading my blog when I started this quilt, you might remember that I had this taupe brown chosen for a border.






I turned the top sideways for its photo shoot last night.  This is it with just one border.  I also considered no border and using this brown fabric as a half inch wide binding.



Then I tried it with my favorite fabric that is in the piecing as a second border.  (Click for a larger view.)  I think I like this better.  It is 62.5" x 85.5" right now.  It is going to end up a twin size if I add 2 borders instead of the large lap size I originally thought I was making.

28 comments:

Vicki said...

I agree with you Wanda, I think your favorite fabric really brings out the colours of the quilt while just the plain brown seems to just sit there. I like the use of the brown as a small inner border. Another spectacular quilt Wanda, thanks for sharing.

Bluzbrod said...

I agree! The last option is best. The small dark border stops the pattern, then the print melds the colors. Lovely.

Jackie said...

The last one is definitely my personal favorite. I always like a thinner inner border to frame it up and then the larger outer border. This will look fantastic!

Eat, Sleep, Quilt said...

The third one gets my vote too! What will you use as a binding?

today's word is ounio - as in "oh, you know!"
Linda

moosestashquilting said...

I have to agree with the rest. The 2 borders puts a nice punch in it!

hetty said...

I am not going along with everyone else because I am a followere, but I have to choose that one because it looks the best. Love that fabric!

Debbie said...

As always, you are right on about the border selection. Sometimes the fabric speaks and we have to listen:)

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Love the two-border choice with your favorite fabric. The first choice is just a border -- no zing.

Love that wavy stripe you used in the piecing, too. I didn't notice it the first time around.

Keep warm with the Arctic blast this week!
Vicky F

karenfae said...

I like the lighter brown also. Good choices as usual. You pick color so well.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Cedar Ridge Studio said...

The quilt will look great finsihed.
You have such an eye for color.
Mary Ann

Linda said...

Plan three is my choice too. It will look even more stunning with plan three...

Anonymous said...

Wish I could see this in person. I like number 3 too. Hannah

Cheryl Arkison said...

If you're going to go with a border then the last option is definitely my favourite. Seems to be the popular choice. Maybe it's because that medium tone is less jarring with the lighter tones in the quilt

Leslie McNeil of MarveLes Art Studios said...

I like the 2nd choice better too... it's more 'finished' and looks like it's ready for a SHOW! Even if the show is on a twin size bed! Lovely.

Sue said...

I love your second border fabric. It's very beautiful. Can you share the name, manufacturer, color, etc.?

Lynn said...

Love your last choice and I would bind it with the brown too. This is a beautiful quilt!

Dolly said...

It just shimmers, Wanda. That's fascinating.

Borders always slow me down.....I have to almost toss a coin sometimes to make a decision.

You've pieced this in rectangular cuts haven't you? I like that for making the quilt come out longer than it is wide.

Char said...

I like what you chose. It makes your eye travel all through the quilt and back. Great choice!

Julia said...

Wanda, I truly love the second border with this quilt. It just makes the beautiful colors in the quilt pop even more. The brown is okay too, though. It would depend on the decor of the room, maybe? You have such good instinct, that I don't think you'll go wrong.

christijowinter933@yahoo.com said...

I like the last choice the best, too. But then my philosphy is always "Less is less and more is better." So perhaps I'm not the best judge.

HollyM said...

Yes, I definitely like the narrow brown and the second border added. Prettier.

Leeann said...

I've given up picking borders till the top is done as what I think will be good never is! The two borders together look good, the dark brown by itself was too boring. My quilts usually turn out larger than I think they will too! :-)

jovaliquilts said...

My original border plans almost always fall through, so I'm glad to see it happens to people with a lot more experience than I have. I think it's really hard to understand the impact of the quilt until it's close to being done.

Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes ! I agree with you I LOVE your favorite. It is perfect for this quilt. The double border makes this piece glow.

J~MT

Miki Willa said...

I agree. The last border choice really makes the quilt center pop. Great choice.

dianen said...

I guess I'm the minority opinion. I don't like either border but I do like that thin dark inner border. Could you just bind it with that and let the trip speak for itself? I kind of feel like the wide borders detract from the actual trip piecing. Just my humble opinion.

Cheryl Palmer said...

Again...I could just sit on your blog....LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

yes I also agree it looks better with both colors.