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« on: October 10, 2009 11:29:23 PM »

I'm new over here in the quilting side of Craftster Smiley So, hello everyone!

This is probably the first real quilt project I've taken on.  I decided to go simple for the first one.  Long story short, I started this quilt ages (think 5+ years) ago, and I finally bought my own machine and finished putting this together this evening.  It's about a meter square, and I'd like a quilt that's about 7 feet by 5 feet when I'm done.  So, I need to add a couple of rounds, and I can't decide what blocks to use.  

Here are a couple of pictures of the center:

I was thinking of adding a 1-2" border around the whole center in either solid black or something gold-ish (definitely leaning towards black).  I also was considering blocks with a solid or small-print background and a eighth note shape stitched on top.  I also have been thinking of pinwheel blocks such as this one: http://quiltstosell.com/pinwheel_block_0.jpg with red as the large triangle, black on the inner small ones and beige on the outer small ones.  

Any other ideas??  Thanks in advance Smiley

EDIT: My mom liked the visual of the center placed vertically, so here it is, if it helps.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2009 08:24:36 AM »

Hmm.  Your center is so modern, I'm having a hard time picturing a traditional block around it, though I do love a pinwheel.  What if you added a black and red border to the center, wider on the top and bottom than the sides, then continued with the pattern of the center.  I'm guessing you don't have more of those fabrics to work with, or you would just keep going.  The borders would allow you to use similar, but different fabrics.

Or, add a thin red border, wider at top and bottom, then enough black around it to make the quilt the size you want.  Quilt with gold thread in horizontal lines on the black to make it look like sheet music.


« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2009 09:25:37 AM »

I love pinwheels as well, which is why I considered adding them to this quilt Cheesy

Hm, I didn't think of two borders.  That's a good idea!  I do want more blocks around the center, though...Two to four feet of border just wouldn't do it for me.  I think that two borders may be a better transition out from the center, though, depending on what I decide to add. 

I may add a round of blocks with silhouettes of instruments and other musical paraphernalia, followed by a round of (?), followed by a pieced piano keyboard across the top and bottom.  I would only add one round and then the keyboard but I think that blocks 1 foot square would be too big with the center (each rectangle is about 2.5" long).  I don't want the center to get swallowed up, and at the same time, I want to make sure the additions aren't too boring.  Smiley

« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2009 09:52:32 AM »

It sounds like you are on track for a real beauty of a quilt!  I would add a border, then the additional blocks, then another border for size and emphasis. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009 05:30:16 PM »

Ahhhhh!  A piano key border!  That's genius!

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