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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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    I almost always quilt mine, but do a different stitch in them, as usually the borders are the picture frames of the quilt, I do like them to look a little different....but quilted
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    I would probably quilt a 3" outer border. Something that would add a finishing touch without detracting from the overall design. If your sewing machine has any built in fancy stitches, they can be very pretty and the border done quickly.

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    Thank you all so much for the suggestions. I thinke the frame idea might work best since I can frame the pictures printed on the border. And it has the added benefit of being quicker than hand quilting.

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    I agree that a 3 inch border is just a little too wide not to have some quilting in it. I think your idea of quilting around the pictures in the border should look very nice. Show us some pics when you are finished!
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    Recently, I just extended my horizontal straight quilting lines through the borders on a quilt. It was an easy & quick way to quilt that area!

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    A quilt is always quilted as the quilter wishes, but I do quilt my borders. Usually something simple and fast but again, it is all up to you. With a three inch boarder it may not be necessary but if the quilting would make the piece look "finished" then, do so. Congrats on your first quilt! Do let us see a photo when you are finished. We all were new quilters and love to see others join us on the path to quiltdom.

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    Don't think I have ever seen a border that wasn't quilted.

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    I say quilt em!
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    Definitely quilted in some way, even if its only a straight line. Follow the instructions that come with your batting, to make sure your quilt stays together for many years without the batting bunching up inside. Even then I always 'err on the side of caution' and quilt closer than the recommended amount on the package. It's a shame to see that happen after all the work (and money) that goes into a quilt....

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    Borders should be quilted.
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    They are typically treated like the quilt, though not necessarily connected. If your quilt is quilted with lines, say, 1" apart, then you should have similar quilting in the border to keep the look consistent. That's not to say the quilting has to be the same. You can do meander in the body, and just straight lines in the border, but the amount of quilting in each part should be similar.

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    my personal rule of thumb is non-quilted area should not be more than outstretched hand.........so yes, I would put something in that border......maybe just a straight vertical line every 3/4 inches at best.............jmho

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    I always thought you were suppose to quilt the whole quilt. But I don't quilt. My LAer does and she quilts my whole quilt.
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    This is how I do mine. I like the way it looks when I am finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopetoquilt View Post
    Why not attach the walking foot and do a repeated straight line around a few times like a frame. Easy and simple.

    This is how I do mine....I like the results. (Yes, I replied without the quote earlier. Blush!)

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