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Donna posted on Sat, Nov 27 2010 1:35 PM

I have a quilt that has a 3in border.  The rest of the quilt is quitled on average i inch apart.  What size should I make the border quilting design?  2 inches wide - keeping with what I call the 'white space' on the rest of the quilt?  Or 2.5 inches wide or the full 3 inches wide and get the 1 inch 'white space' between the pattern of the stitch - whatever it is going to be.

Which is another part of the question.  This is a witch quilt (huge witch stirring cauldron of 'toil, toil, boil and bubble". The border is a material that has multi colored spider webs.  What DESIGN would be good for this to not hide the spider webs - but maybe keep in the theme of halloween.  Any ideas?

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 1:51 PM

generally, the quilting in the border should be the same density  as thecenter.   if it is too little  it will wave and too much the center can pucker up.    i just finished a xmas quilt and i didi channel quilting.   it looke great.   i spaced the lines about 1 1/2 inch apart, decided it  wasn't enough and  added 1/4 inch es   evenly spaced.   

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Donna replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 2:31 PM

What is channel quilting?

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 2:52 PM

donna, straight lines.    if your border is 6 inches,   you go 6 inches in and stitch straight out to the edge.   you can do it as far apart as you like, in any  spacing you wish.     1 inch-1/4 inch-1 inch........    looks good.   gini

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 2:54 PM
donna, you can see the channel quilting on the back of this quilt on the edge     gini

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 2:55 PM

if you go to my gallery   you can click on the picture for a close up  gini

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Donna replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 3:04 PM

Thanks.   I like that idea.

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 3:06 PM

donna, your welcome.   i think it adds a nice finishing touch to the quilting       gini

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Cute quilt,too!

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 5:43 PM

donna, i've also done this sort of quilting on the diagonal on the border and it looks good too  gini

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gini replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 5:47 PM

thanks diane,    this is the one i took on a trip  and finished the binding.  it was almost finished and sam had a chocolate crisis.   got chocolate gobs all over me and the quilt.   of course it was my fault.    he got chocolates onthe bottom of his coffee cup, they melted, when he lifted it they oozed all over, he thrust the cup at me?   i don't know why he gets so panicked over these things, but that meant both of us had chocolate all over ourselves and everything we came into contact with.   if only we had had a monkey in the mess, it coulda been a ton-a-fun.   gini

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Donna

I agree with Gini, another way is to do wavey lines down the length of the border, If you use one of the spider web colors it will look like a spider has been wandering

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Gini, your Christmas quilt is so pretty, I also like what you said about the borders I'll have to remember that one..Barbara

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Donna replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 11:29 AM

i like this idea also.  What about the other part of the question - if your border is 3 inches how wide do you make the pattern (if you are not doing channeling)

For discussion purposes lets say you are doing repeateing squares set on point.  Should the squares be 3 inches on point, 2.5 or 2 inches?

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gini replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 1:34 PM

donna measure down the length of your border and calculate how many squares you want to go down it.    if you have a three inch border you have to allow for the seam allowance on the binding, so you only have about 2 1/2 workable inches.    your diamonds or squares cannot be any wider than that.   a 2/12 inch square on point is about 3 1/2 inches. divide the length by 3.5.    if that number doesn't work, you can make the squares/diamonds  smaller until they fit, or elongate or squish the design.   if you have a long border    you can either cut the length in half or in quarters to  do your calculations.    does that make sense?    gini

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