Thursday, 22 July 2010

what would you do?


I've finished the kaleidoscope quilt top (excuse the pics - I hadn't pressed it when I took these...was too excited). But now I have a dilemma, it needs to be a bit bigger so it can sit at the foot of my parents' bed for decoration. Another row or two would do the trick , making it 8 rows of 7 blocks but instead of more blocks should I do borders? One in bone like the background fabric, then a border of 2 inch scrappy squares and another solid border. A bit like this quilt. Maybe I should channel my inner Amanda Jean and try and think what she'd do because she does the modern enough without being too way out look just right. I like both ideas, but I can't decide. Or should I do something completely different?

Help....please!!!!



(and I promise I'll press it next time I get pics)


45 comments:

Elena said...

Pretty! I think that the borders you're talking about would actually act as frames and highlight the beauty of the kaleidoscope. Nice work and best of luck deciding! :)

stitchinpenny said...

I think that a solid border and then a border of 2 wide scrappy squares with one being the background color and the other being fabrics from the designa alternating the scrappy and the background and then a border of your favorite of the kaleidescope fabrics.

stitchinpenny said...

As I read my last comment I realized that by 2 wide I meant 2 squares side by side not 2 large squares, but the rest of the world wouldn't sorry.

Mama Bear said...

Love it! I would go with the solids and scrappy borders. I agree with Elena...it would highlight the Dream On loveliness.

Angie said...

I think the border would be great!

grendelskin said...

Oh, it's gorgeous! If it was mine (and I wish it was!) I would do a skinny orange border, then white, squares, then white again and bind.

Mary said...

I really like this quilt. I think you should do another row instead of the borders. This pattern makes a statement on its own and I think a border may detract from it.

traceyjay said...

Great quilt!

I vote borders. Maybe even just adding extra white around it would be pretty. :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

More rows and no border is my vote.

Des said...

i'm not crazy about borders. my first instinct would be to do more blocks. OR ignore the border comment and........ when i look at this, I see the white 'ovals' all over. Just a thought....what if you did a fat border out of one of the big florals in that line and scalloped the edges? I'd like to see the curves carried out to the edge.

THERE.....good luck with THAT!

beth said...

What's the easiest? That's where I'd begin. Whatever you do....it will look great!

Esther said...

I love it but can't quite visualise what straight boarders would look like and if they would fight with the main design. My main feeling when I looked at it was that the edge stars were cut off.

In other words each of the stars made of the florals is missing a point so I think I would add a row which was basically triangles and the base colour to finish the stars and you could also add one against each of the single points to make diamonds in between the stars. I think that would make it look more complete. After that either a big scolloped edge as someone suggested or frame it with a couple of single colour rows it white then orange or something.

Jodi said...

Hmmm. I like the no borders idea, just more blocks. But then again.... Ugh, I'm no help! I'll have to decide for my own, too. By the way, how big is it as is? (Maybe Debbie from Sugar Stitches already told us but I missed it). Thanks for sharing - yours is lovely!

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

I vote (for what it is worth) no borders. I like the look it gives of just flowing off the edge. So for me, more blocks with a soft color for binding. be sure to show us what you decide!

Michelle said...

I always go for more blocks whenever I can, but a border would look nice.

felicity said...

Pressed or no, this is a gorgeous quilt top!! My vote is for another couple of rows of blocks. I think borders would take away from its modern feeling.

Hannah said...

I think borders would look nice, but I think you should take off the left-most column of blocks and move it to the right hand side of the quilt to make it be symmetrical first.

kaiolohiakids said...

I think the borders would really set off the beautiful blocks. Had to laugh at your inner Amanda Jean!

em's scrapbag said...

I like the idea of borders.

RWL said...

oh my goodness this is fabulous! i suggest borders. did you make this up or is it a pattern? so lovely! i just got a "dream on" charm pack myself and can't wait to play with it. :)

Doris said...

I'd do a solid border 2-3 inches, then a row of scrappy squares, then binding. Without the second solid border.

danielle said...

i think the borders would be perfect. the quilt is divine

Lorraine said...

Katy it looks fab !!
I have the same dilemma .... mine needs to be bigger & I will do both add an extra row & some white borders ,Mind you it's not started yet .
Not much help am I !!
I'll be waiting impatiently to see how you finish it off !!

rachelmp said...

It looks just beautiful Katy! I would add some borders framed by the white.

Cherry Possum said...

I'd go with borders, but rather than the squares (which I think would fight with the curves in the quilt) little triangles would go well with the quilt design. Good luck whatever you decide, it's fab!

Christina said...

I'm going with borders too. It looks fantastic. You've done a brilliant job! :)

Susan said...

I think it needs more of the pattern - no taking the easy way just so its finished! Borders are more traditional I think. Anyway good luck deciding, its a lovely quilt. I look forward to seeing how it ends up.

Gina Pina said...

Here is an idea: Make 2 more rows of blocks using the Bone & another solid color ( I think the ice blue would be nice). Cut the 2 new solid rows in half and frame all sides with half blocks so that you see the bone cathedral window pattern continued and ending on points. Then finish with scrappy binding!

No matter what you do the quilt is stunning. Brilliant use of Dream On!

highwaycottage said...

Gorgeous quilt !! Plenty of great suggestions for options for aking it bigger. I'd add a border of bone then a border of half circles, then another border of bone, then bind.

Good luck, can't wait to see the finished result.

Griffin said...

Definitely borders, in a strong contrasting colour to bring out the centre. You could do the border like a gilt picture frame, that would be different.

Marit said...

Can you really part with this beauty? I am in love with this, both pattern and fabric is lovely!!
Another suggestion for you to consider: how about making another round of half blocks to complete the pattern part of the "stars"? Those would be a lot of white and with just the star point in prints. Hope this makes sense.

Have fun considering...

; )

Lynne said...

I'd finish of the stars like Esther said, take out the coloured triangles round the edge so you only have complete stars and not isolated point pointing in, replacing them with bone (total pain in the a**e, my idea is) then have the deep bone border with scrappy diamonds rather than scrappy squares running down the middle of the border. All in all I am suggesting a whole lot of work and that's not good right as the summer holidays are starting.

myromancereviews said...

I'm with the symmetrical crowd on this. It needs two more rows of blocks on the right.

myromancereviews said...

Sorry - it needs ONE more row of blocks on the right.

Linda said...

Wow! So many ideas, I wouldn't like to choose one. Good luck with whatever you decide, it will (already does!) look great.

Angelina S. said...

I have no idea what you should do to make this quilt bigger, so I'm no help at all. But I did want to say that this quilt top is GORGEOUS. I love that fabric! Good luck with your dilemma. I'm sure whatever you decide to do will be lovely. :)

Jaye said...

I would make a border that finises all the blocks, so there are no orphan cut off points (I don't mean because of sewing poorly). Then I would put on another border if you needed to make it larger. It would make all the blocks look finished and floating in a sea of borders.

Mary said...

I would definitely add more rows and do no border at all. Your quilt has sort of a Cathedral Window feel and so I would vote no borders. Just a terrific binding!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I would finish out the points on the blocks without starting new blocks on the starts that are in between. Does that make sense? Just do that light color except to finish out the star points. Then I'd put a plain color border. But thats just me.

Kym said...

Wow! Definitely getting some Dream On!!

Add another row to the right. I'm with completing the white ovals by finishing off the stars. Make a scolloped border that comes from the middle of the points in between the stars. If you used a scrappy binding, the points would blend into it. Can't wait to see what you decide!

Poppyprint said...

It is such a beautiful quilt Katy, but I am very concerned that it will clash violently with the one you made for your mum last fall...sure you don't want to finish it up as- is (instantly solving border dilemma!) and sell it to me?

danielle said...

ps- i really want to steal your quilt! but since i cant, i'm going to try to make my own, with the same line...can i ask- how many fat quarters did you use? did you use all of each fat quarter? just trying to work out the minimum i need to buy. i know the tute says (i think ) 3.5 yards, but just wondering how many different fat 1/4's you used....

does that sound dumb- am i jsut too tired and not thinking straight!?!!?

Lily Boot said...

okay - I'm at the bottom of a long list but I still had to have my say ... DIVINE GIRL! It's utterly, utterly, utterly gorgeous and I think you should add a border just as you've described - the plain bone upon which to rest our eyes, then the pieced border - maybe dresden plate shapes up, down, up, down, up, down (if this makes sense) and then another plain bone - and then bound in bone with Amanda Jane highlights. There. My 5p :-) But frankly my dear, you do well on your own, you don't need our help!

Erica said...

Beautiful! I love this! I would add another row. Nice work!

Jennifer Blosser said...

I think that anything this pretty would look good with anything! I like Marit's idea about half blocks. A border would look nice. You could do white so as not to take away from the colors!

Really ... fab!

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