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Thread: Are borders quilted?

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    Are borders quilted?

    I'm finishing my first quilt for my neice. The quilting is a combination of machine and hand stitching and there is a three inch border around the quilt. Are quilt borders typically quilted? Or do they remain unstitched? Or is it just up to the quilter? I can't decide if it will look ok without the stitching but I'm trying to finish it up for her first birthday and I'm running out of time.

    I appreciate any advice you can offer.

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    I usually quilt mine.

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    I'd say quilted because you don't want them to pucker up all weird after the quilt is washed.
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    I quilt mine.

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    In the past, I just did stitch in the ditch around the borders. After several washings they seem okay, haven't puckered too much. Maybe quilt a simple design in them to help hold everything in place?
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    I like to quilt my borders...but do have trouble deciding how to quilt them.

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    I quilt mine so that they don't puff up and also because I think it makes a nice frame.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Why not attach the walking foot and do a repeated straight line around a few times like a frame. Easy and simple.

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    It will depend on the quilting requirements of the batt you used. If you have the packaging check it, if not, it is up to you. Running a fancy stitching line down the middle sounds like good idea but unless you have your quilt perfectly basted, you may run into the problem of the layers advancing enough that you end up with a pucker of fabric. I would be more inclined to add a little quilting motif every so many inches around the border.

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    "Why not attach the walking foot and do a repeated straight line around a few times like a frame. Easy and simple."

    I like this idea.

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