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    Senior Member pinebeltquilter's Avatar
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    Has anyone been told it is necessary to have a 6" border on full, queen and king bed sizes? I was told this recently and I don't really care for a border that wide.

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    ?????never heard that. My Quilt ...I do it my way:)

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    I didn't know there was a rule!!! I guess my quilts are all wrong!

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    I love your play on words, the Border police- I guess they must be the Quilt police but much more specialized! There are plenty of old quilts that have no borders at all. I never heard this 6" rule, and I have been quilting for many years, been to lots of quilt shows...

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    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!

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    What was the reason given for that particular size border being necessary?

    I'm currently debating (mentally) whether to have any border at all on my queen size quilt. If I do put one, it will be the first time for me to do a border.

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    sounds like someone who took ONE class and that's what their teacher said to do therefore it's the LAW!

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    No way! I do borders my way!! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinebeltquilter
    Has anyone been told it is necessary to have a 6" border on full, queen and king bed sizes? I was told this recently and I don't really care for a border that wide.
    Pffffffffttttt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by pinebeltquilter
    Has anyone been told it is necessary to have a 6" border on full, queen and king bed sizes? I was told this recently and I don't really care for a border that wide.
    Pffffffffttttt.
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!
    Who - ahhh!! High five!

    Jan in VA
    (Is this not the most ridiculous thing you've ever heard?!)

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    I've never seen or heard that. I've seen quilts at shows with all different size borders and some with no borders.

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    That's a new one for me....many antique and award winning quilts do not have borders. Surely it is purely a design decision. Sounds like pure piffle to me.

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    Funny how some ppl think they know it all!!

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    Do what YOU WANT. However, the last few patterns I purchased all had wide borders. Hmmmm....perhaps it is a trend to get us to buy more fabric! I do what I want with borders, but I do know some quilters that follow the pattern instructions to the T.

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    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

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    only one rule ---my quilt my choice [iwill be open to lots of advice/sugestions]----wow i am impressed i only had to edit x 3]

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    It probably was a teacher that had a 6 inch wide ruler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!
    I've taken more than my fair share of blue ribbons and have never heard this before. Some traditional quilts like flower garden generally have NO border.

    Someone probably got carried away with his/her own importance. I have heard that a visually comfortable size for both sashings and borders is an even divisor of the block size, thus for 12" blocks, 1,2,3,4,6 or 12" would be visually easier than 5,7,8,9 or 11". Nonetheless, it still is not a hard and fast rule. I will continue to do what feels comfortable for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!
    ditto that!

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

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    There's another rule. If you don't like it and say so then sleep in the cold :)

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    I love a wide border, my thing I guess, I can make a larger quilt by adding a wider border, I like the main pattern to cover the top of the bed and the border to hang off the sides. Whats great is we can do what ever we want with our own quilt, I am sure our ancestors didnt have rules,when they put together those beautiful old quilts.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Rules? We don't need no stinkin' rules!
    To funny :lol:

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