The Border Applique

quilts, Red & Green Traditional Applique

I was going to do this one way – then decided on a different layout when I started to lay everything out on the border.

This is the way I was thinking in my head while I was cutting pieces:


But after I got busy laying out pieces and then stood on a stool above looking down at it I thought the border was completely overwhelming the inside of the quilt.

So I pulled out some of the flowers and did this – not quite so over done :


Which way do you all like it? Opinions?  I do not have anything glue basted right now in place – the only thing permanent (already sewed in place) is the green line all the way around that the flower border is center on.

The flower centers are a little thin and although you can’t really see it in the photos you can see the red of the flowers though the centers –


So I cut a piece of batting the same size as the circle and placed it inside the circle from the back – stuffed circles – will make the circle a little puffy when washed and dried. Using one of my new little stilettos I carefully pushed it in place.


Then you can pull the thread tight again to flatten.  When appliqued the stitches will go through the batting also to keep it in place.  I had already cut the end of the thread off of this one so with no leftover thread to tighten I will just press this one flat with the iron again and then glue in place.


Enough thinking on this one for now.  Everything is getting picked up and stacked back up on the sewing table while I give it a day or two of thought.  So glad I didn’t start to glue baste immediately and wanted to see what it would look like with a lot of the applique laid temporary in place!

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19 comments… add one
  • Marianne Jul 14, 2012

    I like the border with more leaves! But they are both lovely.

  • Debbie in Alaska Jul 14, 2012

    I like the second, less busy option. Love the stuffing idea for your flower centers!
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  • Pat Jul 14, 2012

    I agree w/Debbie . . . I like the 2nd option the best.

  • Kell Jul 14, 2012

    I like the second layout better. It doesn’t compete with the center like the first does.

  • anina Jul 14, 2012

    I think the 2nd option is less distracting. I love those red flowers, but you may miss the gorgeous quilt top if there are than many.
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  • regina chronister Jul 14, 2012

    I also like the one with less flowers, the quilt turned out so good.

  • Miriam Jul 14, 2012

    I like both borders, but I think the second one suits the centre better.

    The puffy flower centres are a great idea.
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  • Vicki W Jul 14, 2012

    I like the 2nd one best but honestly it still seems to overwhelm the center a bit. Of course it could seem that way because the appliques are there with the raw edges showing. They will be smaller so that could make a huge difference. Just my little opinion. It only matters what YOU think.
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  • jojo Jul 14, 2012

    Beautiful. Go with the border that makes your heart sing.

  • Vivian Jul 14, 2012

    The second one definitely. That quilt is so beautiful. I can’t wait to see it hanging on the wall or on your bed.
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  • glen I Louisiana Jul 15, 2012

    Both are spectacular. I liked the first one best, but I notice everyone else liked the second one with less leaves. Oh well, that is me, the one standing outside the circle!!!

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  • Sandy Jul 15, 2012

    Both are beautiful, but the 2nd one is less busy and doesn’t compete as much with the center masterpiece.

  • Alberta Price Jul 15, 2012

    the second one is better but you might want to try making the leaves on each side of the center flower go towards the corners rahter than all in one direction as you have it picctured on the long side of the quilt…I think your basic problem is the fact that the flowers and leaves are all so larger than the ones in the blocks.. that is why the second picture is better than the first… just my opinion which really shouldnt count for much. love the whole quilt and I shall have to make one some day… great job!!

  • Bertha Mallard Jul 15, 2012

    The second choice is much better. I like your solution to shadowing under the center circles. I must remember this for future reference.

  • Cassandra Jul 15, 2012

    I really like the second layout. Your quilt is gorgeous!
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  • Jeanne in Ohio Jul 15, 2012

    I like the second one best. I think the larger border flowers still overwhelm the center, since they’re soo much bigger. Maybe breaking up all that red would help. Perhaps yellow embroidery or piping would help. Just my two cents worth. It’s your quilt and yours is the only opinion that matters.
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  • Simone Jul 16, 2012

    I like the second border best but still like the look of the first although it does overwhelm the centre.
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  • Debbe Jul 16, 2012

    I’m the odd ball, I like the first one, but it is your quilt. the quilt will be beautiful regardless of the the border you choose.
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  • swooze Jul 16, 2012

    I do like the simpler border with mostly leaves. I think it is more reflective of the center blocks. I would probably mirror them on either side of the center flower. Would the flower look less heavy without leaves behind it?

    I like to play with the layouts too and poll the audience. But I usually have a pretty good idea of where I am headed when I ask opinions. Will be interested to learn if you are the same way. LOL
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