Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Opinion please!

My family and I spent a week at the NC beach last week.  Weather was wonderful - a mix of sun with some rain.   We tend to spend the morning and late afternoons / evenings on the sand which means plenty of time in the middle of the day for quilting.

I pieced together my large size Schnibble quilt using Sweetwater Pure fabric.

Couldn't resist the photo location for the above photo - my daughter and I are behind the quilt and holding it as high as we can. 

Here is another view - more true to color.

Need some opinions. What should I do for the border?  I am worried that the quilt is overwhelming as a bed quilt.  I love the colors but it feels like I have too much going on.  The Schnibble calls for a inner border (probably 2 inches) and then a piano key border.

If I continue to make this a bed quilt, it needs roughly 5 inches to get it the size I want.  If I just make it a larger than normal couch quilt, I'll call it done!

What do you think?

Happy Stitching!


  1. Love your photo location... perfect colors for the beach! Glad you all had a great time...

    I can understand your hesitation about a piano key border... there is a lot going on pattern-wise and fabric-wise in this quilt top. So much to look at...

    My first thought was a narrow inner border (solid - chocolate or blue...or a creamy white) and then a wider outer border (blue or chocolate) of either a solid or one of the prints.

    I think this would tie everything together and help calm down the busy-ness some.

    Of course, as is... it'd be a lovely throw quilt... aren't I helpful? *lol*

  2. What a beautiful quilt! I´d love to see it with a light blue border and brown binding. No piano key border...but that is just my opinion. Good luck!

  3. i'm going to be no help what so ever but i wanted to say, ooooooooooooooo its lovely!

  4. This quilt is lovely. I would go with a narrow inner border and a wider inner border. Use it as a wonderful bed quilt. Can't see a piano keyboard border on this one.

  5. Beautiful quilt. I agree with Freda.

  6. What do I think? I think that is one gorgeous quilt. I would add a think border and use it on a bed. Beautiful, not too much going on at all. I love the photo too. What NC beach is that? We spend a week at Nags Head in July. I wish I'd have thought of taking a quilt photo there. Of course, I didn't bring a quilt with me :)

  7. 1. I'd say leave it this size and add a solid chocolate binding. done. Borderless is a modern take, though, so you have to really be into it. (hey, julie herman just had her "Skip the Borders: Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts" published if you want to take a look)
    2.Borders are traditional and so I'd apply the multiples rule to make a small solid border then a slightly larger one.
    3. Oooh, hey, a flange and border would probably get you up to 5 inches and look really nice!

  8. One other idea--you could put in a solid border, adding star blocks to the 4 corners. I think that would really bring out the stars!

  9. I love it but if you think it is too much, how about 1" light then 4" darker, not necessarily solid, but reads solid?


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