22 October 2009

Inner Border? I Think So.

So, I have the Asian Lily inner squares all done and together, and I'm getting ready to put the border on this flimsy. The pattern just says a vast expanse of the same material that backs the lilies, but I went for a different pattern, same color family.

Don't you think it has to have an inner border now? I'm binding in a neutral brown version of the outer cream. Which green? Or should I do strips of each? If I just pick one, that means I'll have an excuse to go to the fabric store again, and I am always ready to grasp tenaciously any excuse for fabric shopping.

13 comments:

Kimi said...

I vote yes. But I'm not really qualified to give quilting advice :)

Jess said...

I like the lighter print green. It doesn't detract from the lilies which I think should the be the focus of your quilt. Beautiful!!

Melissa said...

i love it. it's beautiful. i'm amazed at your ability to quilt. my mom was a quilter, but i haven't found that love yet. great job on another beautiful quilt!

Simply, Sarah said...

I'd say, put in the different color border. The green one really pops, which is nice. Without it, the other fabrics kind of blend in together, although beautiful.

Plus, I'm with ya on any excuse to go fabric shopping.

Angie Lewis said...

I like the darker green - it stands out more and makes a big difference.

msjvd said...

I like the darker green, too. I think it "pops" more. And whenever I've gone to a lot of effort, I definitely want a "pop" effect when someone eyeballs it.

Seriously, Jennifer, I think the darker green is much more striking. Every time I've ever noticed anyone doing some decorating or something like that, I've always been astounded by a bold use of color. I'm always wishing I could emulate that a bit more myself. Um, in decorating.

All in all, though, great job!

The Yoder's Four said...

I like the lighter floral green because it blends in well and complements the overall look of the quilt. And by all means, go back to the fabric store! Anything to encourage your creativity more.

Bonnie said...

Darker. It looks good though. You do great work.

Saddie said...

That lily pattern is as mystical and alluring to me as the Orient! How something can start out so blocky and end up so graceful is a mystery to this quilter of seriously rudimentary skills. (Okay, so it's a major stretch to even refer to myself as a quilter.)

Now for my opinion, because while I'm not much of a quilter, I am VERY GOOD at putting in my two cents. I personally prefer the lighter green because it doesn't compete with the lilies for attention, but manages to set it apart from the sea of background material. I am all for doing strips of both, though, to add more weight to the piece.

msjvd said...

Darker!
Lighter!

DARKER!!
lighter!!

Innie!

Outie!

Wait... that's something else.
Nevermind...

Peggy Clyde. said...

What beautiful work you do. I love fabric also. I have always heard that she who dies with the most fabric is the winner.

Thora said...

I like the darker green a lot more. At first I didn't even notice there was a lighter green border, because it just blended in, whereas the darker green (I felt) really draws out the green in the quilt patterns.

Jesse said...

Well, I didn't read everyone's comments, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be spot on.

I think the darker green gives the quilt more foundation. It really makes the lilies pop.

The lighter green really blends well with the background and does look really good, but by itself I don't think it really supports the magnitude of awesomeness that is your quilt.

So, my solution would be to do both. I think the dark green on the inside and then the lighter pattern. I think it would really make the lilies pop.