Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Let Me Ask You This . . .

Okay, I'm back and I brought a new poll with me.

I need some advice on which border fabric looks best with this month's Le Petite project, George (a Schnibbles pattern). Here's what George looks like so far (I haven't sewn the outer teal border yet, but it's in place, so I think you can see what it will look like):


Now that's as far as the pattern goes, but I think I want to add a final border. I've searched through my stash and selected two possibilities. First is a red stripe:


Second is a yellow stripe:


I should mention that the border yellow looks deeper than it does in person--it actually looks like just about the same shade as is in the center of the quilt. And you should also know that there are two blues in the center fabric--a teal blue and a medium/light blue. There's also a red and a deep, hot pink. It's kind of a different combination of colors, but I think they work well together.

I know it's kind of hard to decide between the two fabrics based on the separate photos, so here are both possibilities with the center of the quilt top, all in the same photo, so you might be able to compare them a bit easier:


So far, I haven't been able to decide between the two fabrics because I can see the positive aspects of both. And although I can't promise to go with the one that gets the most votes, your vote will factor into my decision. Please also feel free to leave comments if you'd like.

I suspect a couple of you might want information about the fabric I've used so far. The center of the quilt top is made from a line called Rose Parade by Moda, and I bought charm packs from the Fabric Shack. It looks like they might be out of the charm packs now but they do have layer cakes listed. I particularly wanted to mention the Fabric Shack because they were very helpful when I was looking for fabric to piece for a backing for the Ghastlies quilt. I placed an order for 6 yards of a fabric they had on sale, and they emailed me to let me know they only had 2+ yards. I asked them to pick something else for me, I told them I was looking for a sale fabric and what I was willing to pay per yard, and I sent them a photo of the Ghastlies so they knew what I had in mind. They found 6 yards of fabric on sale for about a dollar less per yard than I had specified and I couldn't have been happier with the selection. It's certainly nice to find good customer service, particularly when it's from an online source.

So what do you think about my border dilemma? Don't forget to vote, and thanks for your input!

34 comments:

Carol said...

I like the red striped fabric for the border and I have to say that I have had great service from Fabric Shack and will continue to give them my orders too.

LibbiesHome said...

I vote for the red stripe!

Anonymous said...

another vote for the red!
Sue

Deb said...

I like the red stripe the best!

QuiltingFitzy said...

I voted red, but have a comment about it (of course)! I really like the yellow better, but the scale is too large.

lol...my verification word is "comic". Someone is preaching to the choir!

Minniestitches said...

I prefer the red stripe!

Kris said...

I'm loving the red too!

Joyce said...

My vote is for the red!

Debi said...

I also like the red stripe.

Quilter Kim said...

I love the red border fabric, it makes everything "pop"

Sharon M. said...

Oh definitely the red stripe!

Lynda said...

Definitely the red stripe - I would cross cut the yellow and use it for your binding - due to the thin yellow boarder you have I think it would work

Patchwork Penguin said...

Honestly?? I would stop at the teal. I don't think it needs anything else... it is lovely.

Wendy said...

I like the red border and then yellow for the binding and then you use both fabrics.

Anonymous said...

I love the red, I agree it makes the whole thing pop. I do like the idea of the using the yellow for the binding.
Conny

Rosa said...

I vote for red stripes and yellow for binding.

Richelle said...

another vote for the red...

Dori said...

Definitely red!

Anita said...

Red, it works well next to the blue fabric. Another beautiful quilt.

AnnieO said...

Either way, it is going to be pretty! I voted for the red stripe. The scale of the fabric seems more in tune with the rest of the quilt. Enjoy!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Smashing! I was debating that Rose Parade. Now that I see it, it's so pretty! Yellow is my vote for the border but I think red is taking over. Whatever you do chose, it will be awesome.

Amy said...

I wouldn't add a border. I would use the red to bind it because it is a better scale for the size of the churn dashes. It will add just the right amount of pop on the outside edge.

Michelle said...

I voted for RED!

Heartsdesire said...

My first choice was the red stripe, but then I was swayed by the yellow. However, after checking it out again, I definitely like the red stripe. Good luck on your border choice. Look forward to the finish.

Sandra Coleman Clarke said...

Beautiful quilt, as usual, and I like the red stripe too.

Sinta Renee said...

I was leaning towards the yellow... and then in the last pic I saw the red with the quilt and it has such great impact... it swayed me completely that way. I love your Georgie!

quiltmom said...

I like the red too Kim- It is really a nice finish to your lovely quilt.
Regards,
Anna

Sylvie said...

I'd go with the red as well.

carol fun said...

I want to vote for the yellow since that's my favorite color but I think I would chose the red stripe for this quilt. Glad to hear you had a good experience with Fabric Shack. I'm lucky that I only live about 25 minutes away and I shop there weekly. So much temptation!

Anonymous said...

Definitely red.

Robin said...

Red stripe, definitely!!

Julie said...

My mother-in-law told me that a little yellow goes a long way. I say go with the red stripe. I confess that I like red a lot, so perhaps I am predjudice! Go red!

Bonny said...

Red stripe:)

Bobbi said...

Red! No contest!