Stitchin' Therapy · Feb 5, 2016

Friday Finds....borders?

Borders? I have a love/hate relationship with borders on my quilts. And lately, I have been very lax---read that as lazy---about using borders. First, why do we add borders......

  • A plain border---solid or striped---can make your quilt larger in size.
  • Turn a square top into a rectangular size by adding border to the top and bottom only.
  • A great place for leftover parts or small blocks, especially in a scrap quilt.
  • Enhances the design and makes a finishing statement.

I think I shared this before.....a good collection of simple ideas for a border. I don't have a source for it, but it contains sound advice.
Now a few good finds for some inspiration.

Elizabeth's Quilting Projects
From Elizabeth's Quilt Project blog.....check out what she did in this border. Crumbs! All the bits and pieces from this jar quilt came together to make a border. I like the unexpected movement it creates. She explains her technique here.

Exuberant Color
From Exuberant Color blog. Wanda recently finished this scrap quilt of leftovers. Not only is the design amazing and simple, but the border just turns this quilt into something outstanding in my eyes. The border of triangles repeats the the star points. Be sure to click over and read how she developed this one.

From Primitive Pathways

This is a pattern from Primitive Pathways. A different layout--offset--using the triangles and that extra border on the right with applique is quite special.

From How stuff works....... a border design using those orange peels. How neat is this! I love how it turns the corner so nicely too. This would be great on a busy scrap quilt.

As always, please visit the links for the original source. I did not make these quilts, so don't pin from me....thanks. More border ideas and inspiration can be found on my Border board on Pinterest. Enjoy.....and happy stitching.
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