Emergency! Emergency! help (opinions needed quick)

teresa_nc7June 18, 2012

Here's the problem:

I need 306 inches of binding to go around the Seabreeze quilt. I have 307 inches - total! That doesn't count the extra needed folding at the corners. I have no more binding fabric wide enough to cut binding strips.

So....I'm going to have to add other fabrics to the binding in a "planned it that way" manner.

Here is a corner of the quilt with all the borders and quilting done:

Option #1 - I add in a few scattered strips of other dark batiks used in the quilt (examples laying on a prepared strip of the binding fabric):

Option #2 - I add short pieces of bright fabrics, also used in the quilt, like this:

Please give me your honest opinion! Thanks!

Teresa

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bee0hio

the dark batiks, imo

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 7:40PM
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nanajayne

If it were me Teresa I think I would choose only one of the other fabrics. The one I think that would work well is the bottom one in the first picture. I has all the colors in the binding and would blend well with out being to loud if you could scatter it evenly around the quilt. MHO

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 7:48PM
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faytay

I like the dark batiks. Maybe 2-3 small pieces in the upper left and then again in the bottom right? I like the idea that it would be very subtle so if, and when someone noticed they would go looking for the other pieces.

jmho.

Faye

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:12PM
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toolgranny

I think I'd use one piece, about 6", of a dark batik near a corner on two sides like it's a design element. But, deep down, I don't think it will show anyway. If you want it to show, use the brights.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:32PM
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lindaoh_gw

I agree with toolgranny. I would make it a part of the design element.
Linda OH

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:40PM
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teresa_nc7

Yes! I knew I could count on y'all to give me the answer! I will use the lower dark batik in maybe two places, lower side and bottom of the quilt. I think it will blend in very well.

Thank you! Kudos to everyone!

....we now return you to our regularly scheduled postings... the fire has been dealt with satisfactorily...

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 9:09PM
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teresa_nc7

I am happy to report that the different fabric used in the border is barely - just barely - dedectable only if you know another fabric was used in a few places.

And I dare that rider on the galloping horse speeding by my quilt to pick it out!

Now, if I can just remember this trick next time I run out of the binding fabric.....

Teresa

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 12:50PM
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vasu_texas

Teresa,
Now I really need to see the whole quilt!
Vasu

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 2:32PM
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teresa_nc7

I'll post a pic just as soon as I finish sewing the binding to the back by hand. It turned out really nice if I do say!

Teresa

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 2:50PM
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