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Opinions, please. I have finally finished my Rainbow Clamshell EPP project (which was my original attempt at the "Shelly" pattern). I have two choices to finish it off ... with a border or without out. I have two mock-ups below (the border was applied via Photoshop). The border fabric would be the black-with-gold-metallic-floral, which is also used as that narrow inner border. I have just enough of the black/gold fabric to do EITHER the outer border OR a bias binding. If I go with the outer border, i will do something else to finish the quilt, as I can't do the border + bias binding.
I'd like your opinions on both versions. I could go either way; I like them both. :-)
This is the original version, per the pattern - no borders. If I go with this layout, I will using the black/gold as the bias binding. My bindings typically finish at 3/8" so it would look like a VERY narrow outer border.
This is the version with the outer border. If I use this layout, I will *not* have any of the black/gold fabric left to use as a binding. I will use some other finishing method.
I like the border as it adds a nice finish and goes with the first border. You should also do a audition of the fabric as the binding as that will also add the color to the edge which might be enough. You could also add a facing if you use the fabric for the second photo.
Doing a facing finish is what I would need to do, as any other color for a binding would be distracting. I don't care for faced finishes, as I believe they are inherently weaker than bias binding (on quilts that will be used as quilts) ... BUT ... since is such a small quilt (48" square), it will probably be a wall hanging and a faced finish is just fine for that.
Yeah, I think the border looks more "pulled together". If it's going to be small, would you maybe be able to do a straight of grain binding of your accent color? I know you like the other better, but just a suggestion :D
I like the outer border, so keep that. Also, I think a facing is a good solution since you don't have enough of that fabric for binding. In June, I am doing a program at my quilting group meeting about alternatives to "regular" binding, and facings is one category I will be featuring. Good luck!
Black/gold border adds a nice finishing touch. Go for it!
Pretty quilt! Looks like a lot of work too. I like it with the border. I'd do bias binding in a solid black if it was my quilt.
Ya know, I thought about a black bias binding .. but there isn't any solid black anywhere in the quilt. I'm thinking the solid black might look too jarring next to the black/gold metallic (which really is a pretty fabric)
I'll give it some more thought.
You have been BUSY. They all look wonderful too.