When I first laid out the striped fabric on this quilt top I liked the way the stripes ran lengthwise with the quilt. I started looking around online at striped borders and realized very few put them on this way, so I thought I would run the stripes away from the center of the quilt. Then I went and looked at a few older quilts and the fabric ran either way. Brandie commented that she liked it the way it was laid out and that was my first confirmation that maybe I would attach the border the way I wanted to attach it and not the way it was "normally" done.
Anyway, I did a quick mock up in EQ and sent the photo off to a few close friends for a vote. Hands down was lengthwise. (click on photo for a larger view)
That seemed like a long explanation....the point being, go with what will make you happy.
There is still time to get your name in the pot for the patriotic panels. I'll draw tomorrow at noon PST.