Sunday, February 15, 2009

To Border or Not To Border


This is the baby quilt top I'm working on for Debra's project to make quilts for pregnant teens. My original idea for this quilt ended up not looking very good, so I took the pieces I already had cut out and brainstormed a way to make them work together. After trying many things this is what I came up with. I do think that it seems finished as is. However it is 36" square, so maybe a little small for a baby quilt. I'm not completely opposed to a border, either. A four inch border would make it 44" square. The border could be one of these:



What do you think?? Border or no border? One of these borders or a different one? (I've auditioned some other border choices, but these were my two favorites so far.) I also thought about adding something on the top and bottom to make it longer but not wider, however I can't really visualize it.

Thanks to everyone who played along in my game of "What is this quilt?" It gave me a lot of food for thought. I was interested to find out that so many people thought the second one would make a good baby quilt, so I begin to see it that way again. On the other hand, I also like the idea of maybe adding more borders to make it into a larger piece. I guess I will continue to sit with it for a while.

I'm in the middle of two week sub job, and also have a job interview in Chicago on Tuesday, so I'm keeping a little busy at the moment.


heather said...

I like the yellow.

Debra said...

ditto the yellow! but you could put the green at the top and bottom then put the yellow around it so you have a rectangle.

This is a cute baby quilt!

Barbara C said...

I like them both, maybe the green a little more, but you can't go wrong with the yellow.

Good luck with the job interview.

jovaliquilts said...

I really like it without any borders, and 36" square is standard receiving blanket size. That's great for a newborn, but babies love to cuddle blankets, and when they get older and drag them around, you don't want them too big! But if you're afraid the mom might not get another blanket for the baby for awhile, then definitely add the border. This is a really cute quilt.

Exuberant Color said...

I was going to say exactly what jovliquilts said that this is the size of receiving blankets and perfect for wrapping a new baby and as a dragging blanket for the toddler.

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