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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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Donna replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 2:47 PM

yes, I understand that part - it is just basic math.  I guess my queston was more along an aethetic line.  IF your border is a finished 3 inches wide - regardless of length  - what is a good width of the design?  the full three inches or 2.5 or 2?  Just generically, hypotheically - is there any rule of thumb?   Kind of like when you echo around a design people usually do 1/4 inch.  I realize you can do whatever your heart desires - but at the moment my heart doesn't have a clue - so if I had some direction to steer it in - it might find what it is looking for.

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gini replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 2:50 PM

donna, i start with the minimum i think i can go with.   you can always add quilting if there isn't enough.     so if you make your diamonds and you think they are too small, just add another a quarter inch around the first diamond.     or an alternating diamond or a flower in a diamond.     it's the same if the quilting isn't heavy enough for the quilt.  you can always think of a way to add more quilting     

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gini replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 2:51 PM

you can also do a scale drawing that will give you an idea of what it will look like.     gini

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Hi Donna,

There is a rule of thumb for your border....always leave at least 1/2 inch of your border for your binding.  The design you choose should not go out that far to the edge or you lose parts of your design ( being cut off by the binding or being bound over) . As an LAQ,  I like to actually leave an inch of play on the outside edge of my border so that my design will be complete even if the border waves a little bit.  I hope this helps.

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Donna replied on Sun, Nov 28 2010 6:38 PM

These have all been very good ideas and suggestions.  Thanks to everyone.

JudyLee - YES that was exactly what I was looking for - a reason and an amount. 

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Hi Donna,

Glad to be of help. 

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Not sure if this will work with your fabric, but would you want to quilt on the webs themselves to make them stand out (and show up on the back of the quilt)?

Also, one quilting teacher proposed a radical idea -- sew the binding to the top of the quilt before quilting it. Haven't tried that, and not sure if I'd like it (or would prefer to go through all 3 layers with the binding), but it's got me thinking...

Wendy

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