Quilters: French Braid Quilt ... border suggestions please.

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by kathyinmo, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I'm working on this, "French Braid Quilt." Have any of you used this pattern? I don't particularly like the plain border, as in the book. Can you offer any suggestions? Or, should I just keep in plain, and extend it wider? This is it, laid out, not sewn together, with no borders on. I used hand dyed 12 step gradations in the "braid," and 3 different oranges in the (1)strips, (2)ends, and (3)braid squares. The long strips between the braids are a green background with oranges in a subtle paisley print. I dunno .... what do ya think?


  2. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    WOW!! That is beautiful!! I've never done that pattern. Hope someone else can give some insite
  3. jojo54

    jojo54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2009
    BC Canada
    Gorgeous! [​IMG] [​IMG]
    I especially like the gradual color change. It would use a fairly plain border so it doesn't take away from the lovely quilt.
  4. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    Do you have enough of the orange or brown to make a border? just a plain 3-4 inch border
  5. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Nice work!! Maybe border in the darkest blue?
  6. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    First off.....beautiful work!!!!! I'll five you [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 's

    Second.....The color that is in the brown I zoom to 400% and it looks to, possibly be, burnt red/burgundy [​IMG] Anyways.....I would use that color or the brown to border the quilt in. This way your not taking away from what you are seeing as the actual quilt. Saying.....some borders are so extravagant that they take away from the actual quilt itself. I usually take the color that isn't seen a lot and use that as my border when ever I finish up a quilt.

    Just my opinion [​IMG]
  7. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Uummm, ok, so the consensus is ... keep it simple, right? Yea, I was thinkin' that too. But, I just hate plain, boring borders. Hwever, in this case, I can't think of a border pattern I might like with it. Since I would like to get it done in the next couple weeks, I had better just get it done!

    Thanks all!
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hmm, if it was me, I'd put a narrow dark blue border on, then a slightly wider strip of orange, then maybe a lighter blue strip, then bind with dark blue like the first narrow border. There is so much happening in that quilt, color wise, I think a complicated border would maybe take away from that.
  9. NanaKat

    NanaKat True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Quote:Before the dark blue border add a narrow orange strip on each side length to "finish the inside.
    Then the dark blue...perhaps as wide as the strips in the braid.
    Then the orange...1 and 1/2 times the blue strip.
    Use the paisley print as your binding fabric.

    The braid is a beautiful gradation which allows your eye to undulate along the quilt. The narrow borders will help set off the edge to stop the eye's travel.
    What is your backing fabric going to be?
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Before the dark blue border add a narrow orange strip on each side length to "finish the inside.

    Agreed! I was just coming back to say just that. [​IMG]

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