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    Super Member sewwhat85's Avatar
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    no rules about that here at my house(i checked the rule book)lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: LOL

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    Well, that's just weird. Pulling your leg, maybe?

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    Someone obviously didn't get the memo... the correct rule is that each person does whatsoever the HEDoubleHockeySticks they want. I don't even know where in tarnation they got this 6" border rule...

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    If that is the case thank goodness I havent been stopped I would surely be picked up on MANY warrents. Landing my sorry butt in prison for MANY years.

    I personally do not like borders on my quilts. I feel as if I spent all this time on the quilt, then I still needed the quilt bigger but didn't feel like taking the time to make it bigger so I slapped some borders on it. lol

    See I am going to prison for several years.

    Not saying I haven't seen beautiful quilts that had borders, some of my favorites have them actually. However NOT when I make them.
    I'll bail you out... this officer clearly incarcerated you unjustly. Just let me know how many Fat Quarters to Western Union to the bondsman!

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    What can I say, justwantaquilt just got arrested by the border police, Good nite all

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz
    It probably was a teacher that had a 6 inch wide ruler.
    :lol: :lol:

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    I always thought just because a pattern called for a super wide border did not mean I had to do one.
    I got told that certain things had to be done only one way, made me go look for alternate ways to do them.

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    oh pooh pooh - Im into breaking the rules. = it is NOT daring to add a border 3 inches or so. If "they" say 6 inches is appropriate, let THEM do it/ Do ya WANNA make a
    cookie cutter quilt?

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    Hey, Just heard - they've arrested the quilt police for impersonating an officer! No, really!!!! We are Freeeeeeee to do whatever we want!

    The only thing "magic" about 6" is that's the width of the first rotary cutting rulers. The other widths came later.

    When I am putting borders on my quilts, I add one, then stand back & decide if that's the right size. I repeat until I'm done. I re-did the coral border of my avatar quilt as I had one too big on there first. cut it down nearly in half! This is the first time a quilt has spoken to me. If they're talking, I'm not usually listening! :-)

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    Oh my goodness, if there were as many rules as some quilters like to make it out to be I would have stopped quilting years ago. Do what you think looks good and to heck with anybody else! ;)

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    When I first started quilting I was told "this is the rule", "this is how you should do it" and I stayed pretty frantic alot of the times when I first started, thinking I was breaking the rules.............then I remembered this..............In the immortal words of Frank Sinatra "I did it myyyyy waaaaay" :)

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    LOL!!

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    Borders are for making it bigger because you didn't have enough middle. :oops:

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    I hope you laughed at them.

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    funny how some people decide on something...then decide that is the way it is...and that is the way the rest of us should do it...too funny :mrgreen:
    i've made 50 or so queen-king sized quilts...one of them (might) have a 6" border on it...but i'm not sure about any others...hmmmmmmmmmmm does that mean they are not (appropriate quilts?)
    a few have no border at all...bet that's a huge no=no?!?
    one has a 12" border...that one probably make (someone) roll over in their grave?!?
    i have literally hundreds of quilt magazines on my shelves...can not even begin to tell how many large quilts do NOT have 6" borders anywhere on them...i kind of think this OFFICER OF THE QUILT POLICE may have their own (mind-set) that has nothing to do with the rest of the quilting world ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!
    LOL Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    When I first learned to quilt, someone told me the border should be the same width as the block in the quilt. (or something like that) After a while I realized I could do what ever looked right to me.

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    I add what looks good on that particular quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    The more modern look (as well as antique) is to have no borders at all.

    The rule I learned, way back in the day, was that it's visually pleasing to have your borders be a multiple of your block size. So if your block is 12 inches, then that suggests that a 6 inch, or 4 or 3 or 2 or a combo of those would look good, whereas a 10 inch block you go with a 2 or a 5. If I'm ever stumped for what to do for a border, and for some odd reason feel the need to border a quilt, I think of that guideline, and may or may not follow it.

    The only reason I can think of for mandating wide border is that it gives you space to quilt a more elaborate pattern, if that's the look you're going for.

    RST
    This is the direction in which I tend to lean also. Another reason for a border, or a combination of borders, is to create a frame which will highlight the piecing, or make it pop. Color is an important consideration, as well as the width.

    Think of a quilt as a fine art painting. Some artists paint the sides of the canvas. No frame needed because the art sinks into the wall. Other paintings, such as a portrait, are finished with only a frame. Without a frame, the portrait appears unfinished.

    A more complex painting may have a mat, or a pair of mats. The first is a "stop action" mat, called a reveal. It is designed to keep the painting on the canvas. Otherwise the mind of the viewer will try to complete the painting by allowing the sky, grass, river, or some other known aspect of scenery or action, to drift off of the canvas. (The mind does play tricks on us.) The first frame stops the action, and contains known scenes. it can be fairly narrow. Some quilters refer to the narrow, stop action border, as a sparkle. It can be flat, pipping, or tab-like.

    The wider mat on the picture will add considerably to the richness of the presentation. The color choice will either bring the painting into the foreground, or tie it into the room.

    When applying borders to quilts. The first question to answer is probably going to be about the size, and if you still have room for a border. (In the design phaise - do you want to make room for a border.) The next question is “What statement do I want my quilt to make?” The second question is, “What mood should this quilt provide?” Is the quilt about color, movement, tranquility, rhythm, joy, or . . . ? Inner and outer borders will make or break the statement or mood with width and color.

    Different viewers will have different perspectives, so it all boils down to the designer. YOU. In your eyes, what looks best? Lay the top against different widths and colors of fabric to get the feel for each, and how they effect the piecing. This is one of the fun parts, without rules.

    Concepts of size and color theory play a roll, but I believe that it started with some bloke who studied hundreds of quilts and wanted to know why the quilts looked so good. He then determined that sizes and color made a difference, told others about his revelation, and someone thought they were “rules” set in stone. (They are really just “rules of thumb.”

    Have FUN.

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    Have to? No way.

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    Right on!!

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    I don't quilt by what the quilt police have to say.....I just sew and quilt my way and if it is wrong ohhhh well! As long as it looks nice and sewn well I am happy.

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    It is your quilt, put what ever size border on it that you want.

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    I tend to add 6" borders, as that seems to look pleasing with the 12" blocks that I usually make. The 6" comes from the 6.5" ruler that I can cut the borders with. Just laziness for me. It is a pain to try to cut wider borders. I will also add a narrower inner border most times.
    Of coarse, if I feel like doing something different, I will. This can be because of a lack of enough fabric.

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