By the end of piecing a quilt, I am tired of working on it! Cut 2 strips the width of the quilt plus twice the border width and 2″ inches extra and 2 strips the length of the quilt plus twice the border width and 2″ inches extra. How could anyone have the nerve to preach to you about ‘modern borderless quilts’? Started November, 2017, Persistence is Key – 1/3 done. Now here is the beauty of this process! Your quilt top is complete. Width of borders needed to make the width of the quilt 44 inches. I have to say that I never would have thought to have 8 borders on a quilt. Jun 12, 2013 - for years i was afraid of mitered corners. We did one on border and it had so many I’d thought I never see a quilt with that many borders! This is the drawing for Nicole’s quilt and it has 8 borders and to my eye, that’s what fits perfectly. The first border is often a narrow one that is a contrast to the blocks themselves. Not every border looks good on every quilt. I guess I’m old school I love borders too. This scale is pleasing to the eye, allows the artwork to be the focus and accents it nicely. Second: The width of the border should be at least one-half to two-thirds the size of the quilt block used in the quilt. It just makes me groan to go past five. Take your design ideas from the quilt blocks. In the third border, the cornerstones are plain squares of a contrasting color. They do add a lot to the quilt. when making your quilts, you can use 1 or 2 or 10 borders . On the subject of modern quilts, I see many vintage quilts made in the 30s were made without borders. Started October 10, 2020. It is a conflict personally for me, because I like modern art and modern furniture, but not most modern quilts. Notice that the first mat is often very narrow, and the second one a bit wider, and the last one is the widest. There are two very good reasons to use borders of different sizes. No borders looks like you couldn’t be bothered finishing it. Use fabrics that were also used in the blocks. Miter border corners when an angled seam complements the overall design of the quilt. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design. Learn new craft techniques and tips from the experts. I think it is so funny that people question how you do your quilts. I think your border selection is the best. Started March, 2019. I love borders and if not lazy I add lots. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. I  just wanted you to see the difference adding or taking away a border can make in the same quilt. I learn so much. You are a very talented lady. It’s important to make sure the outer border either repeats the colors or shapes of the blocks so that it looks consistent without competing with the blocks. Same goes for adding multiple borders to one quilt. Then cut the cornerstones to match the width of the strips. If you use several borders, make them different widths to avoid a repetitive look. Borders are usually sewn to the two longest sides of the quilt first and then to the remaining two sides with the final two extending straight across the ends of the first borders. A width that is a multiple of the block size is the most visually balanced. now that i have. Press the seam allowances toward the borders. Kudos to you! Stained Glass Cowl – Not much done. When deciding which size to make borders, think of the mat around framed artwork. I agree that this quilt needs something around the center. This proportion keeps the eye on the center of the quilt which is the most important. Squint to blur (or as we call it, “fuzz”) your vision. This quick tutorial explains how to create easy quilt borders with mitered corners. Work on one corner at a time. Unless I’m making a quick quilt, they almost always have multiple borders. Anytime. I see we are finishing up the February quotation weekend. I mostly have 3 plain borders on my quilts but admire your pieced ones. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! I’ve done a couple of quilts without borders, mostly because they were utility quilts for my family to use under other quilts on beds or just to grab to toss down for sunbathing or picnics. I agree No borders would not work for me. Did accomplish a few things, that is always good! Since there were so many of us that were new to it we started a sister group dedicated to going through and discussing all the PDF lessons that came with EQ7. . This allows the blocks to be contained. Two seams will nest together, the border to quilt seam and the border to border seam. The black fabric was sewn to the striped fabric before I marked, pinned, and sewed the borders to the quilt. This one has the pieced border but one of the ecru and brown borders is removed.  I think the quilt looks more balanced when, to some degree, the same border combination used before the pieced border is also used after the pieced border.  In the quilt I used, borders #1, 2 and 3, which were used before the pieced border (#4) were repeated after the pieced border as borders #4, 5 and 7. The outer border should not be wider than the blocks themselves. Border Length. Seems like it would be a lot easier than getting the calculator out. This is the perfect time to use up leftover fabrics or pieces of blocks from the center of the quilt. The process for measuring is the same. Started February, 2015, Brickless – Not much done. Although you can have dozens of border options to think about when planning your quilt, you most likely will use one of two basic types.The easiest and most common border style is the plain border, shown in Figure 1. Sign up for the Premium Membership and get access to our best Craftsy videos and projects. I am making a quilt around a panel and need to know about borders in graduated sizes. Sew the border strips in place. One of them, I”m realizing,has too many planned blocks to add many borders, but maybe I’ll reduce the # of blocks so I can do something more interesting in the borders. As you know I like it alot just as it is, i’s perfect. About as much as the bell bottom pants I see back in fashion, again. Wollmeise – I already have it. Your personal data will be used to support your experience throughout this website, to manage access to your account, and for other purposes described in our privacy policy. Then sew the side borders, pressing seams towards the border. Some don’t need them, borders would feel like they were being hemmed in, or trapped. After I add the borders, I will be quilting the top. So many times I’ve heard quilters express a desire to make their quilt larger and someone always suggests, “Slap a border on that and call it done!” We all know it’s not that simple. Here are some ideas to consider next time you are making multiple border decisions while quilting. This is the perfect time to use up leftover fabrics or pieces of blocks from the center of the quilt. Nicole’s quilt is gorgeous! The second and third borders on this quilt have cornerstones. By choosing an outer border that is the same color or similar value as the blocks, the result will be harmonious. The last step to sewing the quilt top is to make and sew on the borders. Lay quilt top on a large surface or on the floor and measure your quilt in three places through the center of your top, average these numbers and cut the borders this length. The next stage will be basting the quilt top to the wadding and backing fabric and then quilting through the layers. Determine the best width for your border. 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