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    Border Fabric question

    Need some opinions...
    I'm making a baby quilt. Requested colors are grey and yellow. The pattern I'm using is hourglass. The grey used is a solid silver-grey with various yellows and a few aqua/turquoise thrown in. I decided to add two borders, the first will be cut at 2" and will be one of the turquoise fabrics that appears in the blocks. The other will be cut at 3 1/2" of grey. I really don't like the idea of using the solid grey...but it is the ONLY grey I've used. What about the idea of introducing a completely different grey PRINT for the border? I've never used a fabric for a border that didn't appear somewhere in the quilt. What do y'll think??????????

    No photos yet as the interior of the top is not completely pieced yet.

    #2
    I think a completely different gray print will look fine if it isn't too busy or too much darker in value than the solids and other colors you are using in the quilt. You can audition by folding a section of the print being considered along the side of your quilt top and give it the squint test. It should frame everything without leading the eye out of the quilt. You an take a snapshot of the ones you are considering in order to compare. It should not be so dark as to make the light areas of the quilt look pale or washed out. I would tend to pick out something with an low contrast pattern, more textural than thematic. Just my thoughts . . .

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    • dogtrnr
      dogtrnr commented
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      Yes...texture...and about the same value...THANKS!

    #3
    I think its okay to use a fabric that isn't in the blocks, but I love to put as many fabrics into a quilt as I can. Is there a small print gray that has some yellow and aqua in it as well? The lovely people in my LQS are used to people showing up with a semi-finished quilt top and walking around the store auditioning fabric. Everyone present likes to participate and it becomes quite the social event. Of course I live in the American south, we make everything a social event.
    "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." Thomas Jefferson

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    • dogtrnr
      dogtrnr commented
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      Though I am not sure that is an option (grey with yellow and aqua), I think it is the perfect idea. I don't have a local quilt shop, and shopping online for something so specific is difficult. Thanks for the input...

    #4
    I agree it is fine to introduce a border fabric print, especially if it includes all of your interior colors and doesn't draw too much attention away from your blocks. However, if you can't bring yourself to do that, or can't find what you like and only have a solid gray, it would be a great place to showcase the quilting design. At just 3 1/2" that gray solid shouldn't be too overwhelming or detracting from the blocks. It may make the perfect frame for the interior blocks. Let us know what you decide.

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    • dogtrnr
      dogtrnr commented
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      Another great idea...a solid of any color is such a great canvas for quilting. I hadn't thought about that either! lol. I guess I have to push onward and get the interior of this top finished so I can audition stuff! I took a short break from it to finish a couple of knit things!

    #5
    Thanks Ladies! Once I get the top finished, I'll post a photo!

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    • Carlota
      Carlota commented
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      Yes, please, photo - this is fun!
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