With out a border a pattern keeps moving and jumps right off the face of the earth. Not every border looks good on every quilt. Miter border corners when an angled seam complements the overall design of the quilt. This kit includes the pattern, all top fabrics to complete the quilt including the panel, borders, and binding. Inner borders, or the first border that is next to the blocks, serve the purpose of stopping the design. As you know I like it alot just as it is, i’s perfect. Sew the border strips in place. Jun 12, 2013 - for years i was afraid of mitered corners. You can stitch the plain border with squared corners or with mitered corners, depending on your expertise. I love the look of multiple borders! Then cut the cornerstones to match the width of the strips. This quick tutorial explains how to create easy quilt borders with mitered corners. Mardi Gras Memories quilt photo via Diane Knott. I don’t have an EQ and I don’t think I. It’s not stressful if you just take it one step at a time. Borders do the same things for quilts. But if you choose a different fabric, remember that it will add another design element whether you want it to or not. =), I am a border sort of gal. I can see them as wall hangings but not bed quilts. The overall finished width of the border should not be larger than one quilt block. I love the way it turned out. 1. All of them look nice but the finished product is awesome. A little appliqué in the border can go a long way. Remember, the blocks are the star of the quilt, not the border. Mitered borders may look pretty scary, but really, they're pretty easy. Once the borders are added, comes the task of quilting them. I am gobsmacked! This how to pattern that teaches you the process of making multiple mitered borders specifically outlines how to press seams on inner and outer borders so that you can easily miter corners on nesting borders. Wow! Anywhere. Even if you are piecing this border, it should complement, not distract from the blocks. Sugarcane Cardi – Using the purple Madelinetosh Work Sock. On that note and I know you’ve told us all before, but what quilt making program do you use? Lizard Eyes – This look so interesting. 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. By choosing a contrasting color for the inner border, you can choose one of the main colors or fabrics from the quilt to serve as the outer border. Check out our quilting tutorials to find out how to add simple, attractive borders to your quilts. If your quilt allows, plan for a border that is the width of one block or unit of the quilt. Other times, borders were omitted from some of the sides because they wouldn't be seen. While binding is not technically a border, it’s important to choose one carefully. On the subject of modern quilts, I see many vintage quilts made in the 30s were made without borders. Or add the appliqué to the center of the borders, or just two corners and see what happens. Your borders do add so much to the overall quilt. To fit the quilt to the bed While you don't see it as often today, earlier quilters frequently used different sized borders so that the quilt would fit the bed. Any of the other combinations works well. Thee great thing about quilting is that whay ever works for you is just fine. who knows why. I have your “borders” book and have some quilts in the works that I plan on adding pieced borders to. The dilemma is not new…To add borders to the quilt or not add borders, that is the question! Some don’t need them, borders would feel like they were being hemmed in, or trapped. The first border is often a narrow one that is a contrast to the blocks themselves. And just like the borders themselves, there are many ways to get them quilted. Started November, 2017, Persistence is Key – 1/3 done. I f borders are being added, sew the top and bottom borders on first, pressing seams towards the border. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Metropolis – Using Madelinetosh Chunky in Curiosity. In the second border, they are pieced 9-patch blocks. Let's walk through the steps. This is the drawing for Nicole’s quilt and it has 8 borders and to my eye, that’s what fits perfectly. Multiple borders. Started September, 2016, Leftovers Cowl – 1/4 done. I mostly add borders to my quilts. Adding an applique border to a pieced quilt … Sometimes it just really makes the quilt. The black fabric was sewn to the striped fabric before I marked, pinned, and sewed the borders to the quilt. when you make mine…. Additional borders, or middle borders, can really add a sparkle. If you use several borders, make them different widths to avoid a repetitive look. I love borders and if not lazy I add lots. Started November, 2019. -Decide how many borders you want: A skinny, solid-colored or simple border is a good way to break up busy prints.-Audition fabrics: If you’re able, lay a corner of your quilt over the top of the border fabric, so the border fabric frames the quilt as if it were sewn on. . Love your quilt with the borders. I’m always figuring something out wrong. How to Add Quilt Borders. Seems like it would be a lot easier than getting the calculator out. Homebody – I’ll probably use Kathmandu Aran 100 or Cascade Eco Wool. This article will explain how to make quilt borders. It is nice to see the different variations you have. I’m really thinking of getting one. I learn so much. The last step to sewing the quilt top is to make and sew on the borders. Learn how to create easy quilt borders for your quilting patterns. The problem I see with the “Modern” quilt having no borders is that many of them have very little piecing. In the next picture the quilt top is laying flat on the floor. Mr. Knott’s Neighborhood quilt photo via Diane Knott. But in this case I can see that it makes a lovely addition to a quilt. Now here is the beauty of this process! The last time I was debating borders for Nicole’s quilts, someone mentioned that “modern quilts” are leaning towards having no borders. I am making a quilt around a panel and need to know about borders in graduated sizes. Arkansas River Pullover – 1/3 done. It is not meant to be the only border because it’s not substantial enough to stand alone, but it is important all the same. A warm, quaint panel features rural towns with some farm life. Rattlesnake – I need this to remind me that I survived living in the wilds of Texas for 9 years. Hi everyone! I do not like the one without borders. Just a NOTE: if you have multiple fabrics in your border, make "border fabric" first before joining the borders to the quilt. Determine the best width for your border. Heather Hoodie Vest – I’ll use Cascade Eco+ in Valentine. By the end of piecing a quilt, I am tired of working on it! 3 If you want to add multiple borders, repeat steps 1 and 2 for each round of borders. Here are some ideas to consider next time you are making multiple border decisions while quilting. Pretty sure I have yarn for this. It is set with absolute positioning and inset with top/left/bottom/right values. That’s why almost all my quilts have borders! They can also be squares which you fussy cut so that a special motif, like a flower, is centered in each square. Nicole’s quilt is gorgeous! Well said. I always do multiple borders and lately I’ve gotten into doing tons of borders after starting with a 12 inch block in the middle. In the third border, the cornerstones are plain squares of a contrasting color. Love the finished quilt! I love Nicoles quilt ~so colorful & cheery especially w/ all the borders!I agree that Nicoles quilt w/o the borders is naked or even looks unfinished to me! Additional borders, or middle borders, can really add a sparkle. Don’t think because it’s so small it doesn’t matter, it does! Borders should be in proportion to the size of the finished quilt. I  just wanted you to see the difference adding or taking away a border can make in the same quilt. Ravencliff – Test knit currently working on. Because you pressed the seams in opposite directions they will nest together. The Weekender – Not sure about yarn for this one. Would be ble to do this in my head. 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. Straight sewn quilt borders, also called butted borders, are quick and easy to sew—that's probably why they are the most commonly used borders for quilts. Take your design ideas from the quilt blocks. We did one on border and it had so many I’d thought I never see a quilt with that many borders! Remember that you can mix and match borders to create a design, emphasize a theme, or to increase the size of a quilt. Lucky Nicole! Two seams will nest together, the border to quilt seam and the border to border seam. when making your quilts, you can use 1 or 2 or 10 borders . 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. Work on one corner at a time. Use a size or shape that was used in the blocks. Started February 10, 2020, Match & Move – Over halfway done. If you are working on a larger quilt, cut your border strips the same way (just cut more of them) and sew the strips together end to end to create a longer strip of fabric. If there is more than 1/2” difference, square the top again, or look for problems in the piecing that need to be fixed before adding the border. Others, like you said, feel like pictures without frames. Add a touch of country charm to your home with The Way Home Quilt. As a general rule of thumb, a small wall hanging should have a border of less than 6" while a king-size quilt can handle a 12" to 14" border. If this were “throw size,” I would probably pick an option with fewer borders. Outer borders, frame the quilt. You are a very talented lady. Border Length. Some quilts are perfect without a border and some need a border or two. Enter in your email and password to create a FREE account. This is flat. Decide on the type of border you want to accent the central design. A width that is a multiple of the block size is the most visually balanced. How could anyone have the nerve to preach to you about ‘modern borderless quilts’? I buy your books for the borders. The inner border is often the most narrow, and can be the same size as the smallest units in the blocks. Some easy-to-follow directions are listed below: first, we explain how Liz would add borders to the quilt shown above in the Love of Quilting preview; then, a second example shows how to adapt the math to a different set of measurements.If you’re interested in making Liz’s LeMoyne Star quilt, the Love of Quilting May/June 2015 issue offers … After I add the borders, I will be quilting the top. The second and third borders on this quilt have cornerstones. When you come up short in the overall dimensions of a pieced quilt, add wide borders to gain a few inches. Some how I have problems when making a bed quilt for it to be made of a dozen or so color rectangles and lots of background. I like pieced borders but if I’m making a comfort quilt and it’s off the top of my head, I don’t have time for calculations. Wide borders are a perfect place to showcase applique work. Nov 6, 2020 - Explore Elaine Brumbaugh's board "Quilt Border Ideas", followed by 140 people on Pinterest. They are long spaces that really catch the eye. of them are so beautifully pieced! 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. I think the most I’ve done was 3 borders. November 6, 2014 By Diane Knott & filed under Quilting Blog. I’ll have to contemplate more – and learn how to use my EQ program! 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. For example, if the striped border i… Measure, trim, pin, sew, press. No borders looks like you couldn’t be bothered finishing it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. LOL I know you aren’t! I really love the way it looks with the 8 borders, and it doe look naked w/ o any. This border is separated from the blocks by the inner border, so it can easily repeat what’s in the blocks without interrupting the design of the blocks. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design. Then sew the side borders, pressing seams towards the border. Penny in S CA. This is the perfect time to use up leftover fabrics or pieces of blocks from the center of the quilt. A mitered corner is stitched at a 45-degree angle to the sides of the quilt.Figure 1: A plain border can have squared … So what is so modern about that? Unless I’m making a quick quilt, they almost always have multiple borders. See more ideas about quilt border, quilt patterns, quilts. Aug 30, 2019 - Explore Denise Noonan's board "Quilt borders", followed by 347 people on Pinterest. The middle border should also be a size taken from the blocks, either the same or slightly larger than the inner border. We have plenty of quilt border ideas and simple quilt borders. About as much as the bell bottom pants I see back in fashion, again. 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. Measure center of quilt, top to bo!om. This scale is pleasing to the eye, allows the artwork to be the focus and accents it nicely. And lately have been using a few pieced ones. I guess I’m old school I love borders too. Use fabrics that were also used in the blocks. The outer border should not be wider than the blocks themselves. Started February, 2015, Brickless – Not much done. And, here it is without borders at all.  To me, it just looks naked .. like a picture on the wall with no frame. However, once I see all of your drawings, more borders make total sense, especially when one (or more?) 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. The process for measuring is the same. I plan to put 3 borders with contrasting 1” sashing in between. 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. When Fall Leaves quilt photo via Diane Knott. Superbloom Cowl – I made one of these as a Christmas gift but I’d like to make one for me. Miss Babs Yowza Mini Set, which I have. It is gorgeous. When sewing on multiple borders as a strip set you must miter the corners or you can stop them with a border cornerstone. In the scrappy mountains quilt top the finished blocks are 8 inches by 9 1/2 inches. Some times we add multiple borders. By choosing an outer border that is the same color or similar value as the blocks, the result will be harmonious. Unless I’m making a quick quilt, they almost always have multiple borders.  When I say that a quilt has 7 or 8 borders, I hear groans.  The last time I was debating borders for Nicole’s quilts, someone mentioned that “modern quilts” are leaning towards having no borders.  I see many pretty quilts without borders but I’m a border type quilter.  I love borders! It is a conflict personally for me, because I like modern art and modern furniture, but not most modern quilts. This allows the blocks to be contained. Started December, 2019, Itatiaia Cocoon – Not much Done. My borders depend on the quilt. I have to say that I never would have thought to have 8 borders on a quilt. This isn’t a debate about which drawing looks best.  It’s done!  The first drawing is what I used.  This is simply to show you what I see when adding or subtracting borders. To decide how wide to make a border, begin with your finished block size. I think your border selection is the best. Notice that the first mat is often very narrow, and the second one a bit wider, and the last one is the widest. whatever makes you happy. I agree that this quilt needs something around the center. I also think that it has to be harder to bind a borderless quilt. Some group members of a Yahoo quilting group I belong to bought EQ7 when it was on sale right before Christmas. Started September 15, 2020, Avalance – About 1/3 done. A middle border can divide very simple inner and outer borders. If your quilt has appliqué in the blocks, the border is a perfect place to repeat those elements. Quilting borders poses some unique challenges. Borders are easier to match at mitered corners when you press seam allowances between the strips in the side borders in the opposite direction as the seam allowances in top and bottom borders. All borders strips are cut to the quilt top side lengths, plus an additional 2x the border width plus 1".The 2x the border width makes sure to cover each adjoining border, and the extra 1" is added insurance. Once you have sewn together the blocks that you so carefully pieced and made from your favorite fabrics, you might think your work is done, only to realize, you have more decisions to make! Don’t let the border overwhelm the hard work you put into the blocks. now that i have. I would guess that adding quilt borders is not the favorite part finishing a quilt for most quilters. Press the seam allowances toward the borders. Sewing Multiple Mitered Borders to a Quilt If you use multiple mitered borders, sew all of the strips for each side together lengthwise. You are the Queen of Borders. I was given this top and asked to put on two additional borders – a 4″ black border, and a 10″ red print border. There are two very good reasons to use borders of different sizes. But I’ve been using the method I’m sharing today for several years now, … The good news is . It used to be my least favorite part of the quilting process. Jane, There’s no doubt that what you did looks best. Did accomplish a few things, that is always good! Sign up for the Premium Membership and get access to our best Craftsy videos and projects. All borders added together can be the same size as the blocks if you want a good balance. I think it is so funny that people question how you do your quilts. This is the perfect time to use up leftover fabrics or pieces of blocks from the center of the quilt. When I say that a quilt has 7 or 8 borders, I hear groans. Since Nicole’s quilt is for a large bed, I think all those borders will add lots of interest to the section of the quilt that drops off the top of the bed. . Step 1. Kudos to you! For multiple borders, sew strips together first and attach to quilt as one unit. Mark centers. Squint to blur (or as we call it, “fuzz”) your vision. I like them, but do not have them in my house. You can add pieced borders to YOUR quilts! I see we are finishing up the February quotation weekend. Here is the link to Ruth’s calculator and with some more instructions on how it works. Thanks for sharing, I don’t have EQ so it is great to see it done wth all the options. I guess “naked” is the right term.. Micki. Press the top and bottom borders in towards the quilt. Boulevardier – Using Baa Ram Ewe Winterburn DK. This one left off a few borders and has no pieced border. I would like to but I don’t do much w/ color in my quilting but Nicholes quilt is inspiring me to think about adding & enjoying some color in my quilting.Thanks for sharing your wonderful work! i'm kicking myself. You don’t have to fill the entire border with them, but you can add some to the corners for a really nice finishing touch. Width of borders needed to make the width of the quilt 44 inches. Borders with Corner Squares Quilts with multiple borders look best if the smallest border is on the inside, but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Quilt finishes to approximately 47" x 66½". When I am deciding border options, I also like to think how it will look in its intended location/use. When deciding which size to make borders, think of the mat around framed artwork. Sometimes a quilt will have just one border, and other times a quilt will have multiple borders of different widths. Should the borders go from small to large starting from the inside or large to small? 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