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Friday, September 05, 2008

Back to the K Quilt



The stars had to go into the UFO box for a rest until I get some gold fabric. In the meanwhile, I got the K quilt out again and am trying to make it wider without having it look too strange. If I border it like this, only on the sides, it will end up about 74x90 inches. That would work on a queen bed if there is a matching dust ruffle. But does it look strange with the red only on the sides? I can't really make it much longer without it being too long for any bed. Also, should the reds come right to the end or should the narrow black border on the top go over the reds? Anyway, I learned something on this one and will make the next one much more square.

11 comments:

Quilt Pixie said...

I think I might stick with a black border -- much wider on the sides, and narrow at the top and bottom....

or as I type this what if you only bordered one side? use the red, black and some of the fabric that made the centre? -- purposely off centre the main panel -- and then use that area for some quilting emphasis....

BrendaS said...

Pixie has a fun idea, but I don't mind balanced borders. I would get it to the width you want, and then put the narrow black strips top and bottom to finish it off. good luck deciding.

T said...

I don't think there's anything wrong with having the red only on the sides. If it's going to be on a bed instead of displayed on a wall, it is a usable, functional piece of artwork. It will be 'in motion' if only figuratively and anyone looking at it won't realize that it's not the way it's "supposed" to be (unless someone tells them!).

Anyway... how many people are going to be critiquing a quilt on a bed?

You could do something at the ends of the red strips - piece them on the diagonal with black, slice them at ever-narrower widths and intersperse black in between, something - to make it look even more like you meant it to be that way. We're talkin' ART here, you know? :-)

em's scrapbag said...

I really like Quilt Pixie's idea. I think the off center would look nice with this quilt.

meggie said...

I actually like the left side version best. I would border both sides.
We are all so different!

Libby said...

I think it will look fine with red only at the sides. Do you have a footboard? The top and bottom will never show if you do. If it's a real concern, maybe just a narrow red at the bottom but not the top.

Ali Honey said...

I think what ever you like is fine on this one BUT my eye is telling me that bright red border is essentail somewhere - it's the bring to life element.

TLC said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Someday I will make a one block wonder. Yours is incredible!

jovaliquilts said...

I do love this quilt -- love the way the eye moves all over it, and the way there are kaleidoscope hexagons and cube hexagons bumping into each other. My two cents on the border: Looking at the quilt off a bed, I think red and black on the left side only, and across part of the bottom, would be great, though red all around would be, too. On the bed, I think red needs to be visible from whichever angle you look at it, because it makes the quilt alive. So I'd have red on top, bottom, and both sides. If that means folding it deeply under the pillows, fine.

Exuberant Color said...

On functional bed quilts I have left off the border at the top altogether since it goes over the pillow and next to the headboard or wall. However if the top edge will show because the quilt is too short then you have to put at least one border on. I have also put just a narrow border across the top in the same color as the outer borders on the other sides. You could always applique a couple loose hexagon shapes on the wider side borders for a "floating off" design element.

Magpie Sue said...

Yeah, you gotta use that bright red somehow. I like it balanced on both sides of the quilt, and can see a narrow strip of it across the bottom, inside of the final black border. The idea of floating hexagons on the side borders is a good one too.