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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Is it a quilt top? A frustration post...

I have been thinking and re-thinking... The subject being my Carolina Christmas... After laying out my blocks over Christmas, I figured I'd leave this quilt borderless. This works well - just take a look at Christine's lovely version. I have finished sewing the rows together and I planned on basting it tonight. Just for fun I placed the top on my bed - sorry about the bad light:



And here's where the re-thinking comes in... There is a good 10" drop on each side, BUT there are no margins at the top/bottom. Now I'm wondering if this will annoy me... should I sew borders on it after all????? If so, what kind of borders should I do? I'm not too fond of the pyramids Bonnie has chosen... and if I choose borders, will the overhang on the sides be a bit too much? On the other hand, will I be using this quilt on my bed at all? I have several quilts large enough for my bed, but the one I'm using is this:



It is only lap size, jut I just loooooove this quilt! I have many times regretted not making it larger, but... Ok, it looks like I might need a little more thinking time, and if you have any ideas/suggestions, they will be very much appreciated!

Hugs and stitches from
Anne Ida

15 comments:

Merete said...

Hei,
Enig med deg i at 'pyramidekanten' gjorde kanskje litt mye utav seg. Tror det blir finere med en ensfarget kant, i en farge som går igjen i teppet.. Men du trenger jo ikke å ha kanten like bred hele veien rundt, så slipper du at det blir for langt på sidene. Uansett så er det en fin quilt i fine duse farger.
Merete

Terry said...

A couple of thoughts here...you could just add a border at the top and bottom since the sides hang down long enough already. Or if it was me, I'd make more blocks and add another row (or two) to make it long enough. It's beautiful and so is the blue quilt! :0)

Pat from FL and MI said...

I love your quilt. I would pull it down a bit and make shams to coordinate for your pillows. That would cover the top area.

Or, you could just add top/bottom borders. Some older quilts have a different top, where it wraps with pillows. You could just add to the top.

It will be lovely whatever you decide.

Lise in Norway said...

Love it love it...Nå har du ikke dyne under og den vil jo bygge litt også. Å ja litt smalere kant på sidene og litt mer opp/nede. Og hvorfor ikke tenke trekanter i ulike str. enn bare stripen....ja nå fikk du litt mer å tenke på Nattaklem

LeKaQuilt said...

Nydelig teppe!
Jeg tenkte også som andre her, smale kanter på sidene og bredere kanter på topp og bunn.
Du først ha en smal bord også en bredere. Også kan du jo bruke flere forskjellige stoffer i samme farge, for å få liv samtidig som det vil roe ned teppet.
Uansett, lykke til med valg :o)

Rhonda said...

Okay..here's my thought....add larger borders to the top and bottom and two to three inch borders the sides! I've done that before and was satisfied but play around with that idea for yourself...of course.
Take care.

Annika said...

I think you should add borders on all sides. That makes a smoth frame around the top. The top i gorgeous!

*karendianne. said...

Huh. I like what Terry offered. Personally I was going to say - put it away but then again, that's not really your style. You don't do that very often - put things up I mean.

Gina said...

I agree with adding another row or two to make the quilt longer

Love and hugs Gina xxx

shelley said...

My first thought is to add borders at the top and bottom too, and what about prairie points, or something with triangles? My thought is to carry the triangles into the final border. Good luck, Anne Ida. You will know what to do because your quilts are beautiful!

Rose Marie said...

Why not copy your Ocean Wave quilt for the border using the dark HST? It is very effective and will finish off your quilt and give you the extra inches you need.

Teresa said...

I have seen many quilts that add a border on the top only to be kind of like a special border that the pillows go under. I forget what this is called. Anyway, that is what I would do - just something special at the top - could be a solid with a little applique. Its a beautiful quilt!

Ann Marie said...

I vote for more blocks, and then it looks like you could have a green star on each pillow. Or you could do a row of pinwheel blocks at top and bottom. Lots of possibilities.

Meggie said...

What a lot of beautiful work! Love the fresh colours.
Some good suggestions here.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your Carolina Christmas is wonderful! I think it is great without the borders.