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Thread: I want to learn how to make different borders

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    Senior Member jlong's Avatar
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    Can you show me your different borders? How do you determine how they will fit since they may have a pattern?

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    there is a really really good book out there called:

    BORDERS, BINDINGS & EDGES The Art of Finishing Your Quilt
    by Sally Collins

    this book will teach you sooooo much about borders= finishing techniques- how to make them fit- how to choose the right finishing for your quilts- it is an invaluable resource which i seem to always have within reach!
    i highly recommend this book for anyone who makes quilts beyond just copying someones pattern

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    I've been watching borders more lately ... and looking for new ideas beyond the standard flat and straight in differnet widths! Hope others show some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    there is a really really good book out there called:

    BORDERS, BINDINGS & EDGES The Art of Finishing Your Quilt
    by Sally Collins

    this book will teach you sooooo much about borders= finishing techniques- how to make them fit- how to choose the right finishing for your quilts- it is an invaluable resource which i seem to always have within reach!
    i highly recommend this book for anyone who makes quilts beyond just copying someones pattern
    Yup! Got that book, it's new so I haven't used it yet.

    I also have (and have used twice) "The Border Workbook" by Janet Kime.

    Yes pieced borders require math :) Both books teach you the math to use to make the borders fit properly at the corners both by utilizing strip borders and adjusting the size of the pieces in the pieced border.

    Below are two borders that I made from the Border Workbook book. As I said - haven't tried any YET from the Sally Collins book - but I will! I LOVE a pieced border!! Tricky suckers though :)

    Photo taken prior to finishing. I had actually fixed the corner piece a tad before I quilted it.
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    You can just see the edge - a simple diamond border. Sorry, no pic of the corners - but they match.
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    I am currently hand quilting a double irish chain, almost done with the center, but I don't know how to quilt the border. The project has been going on so long, I am actually getting bored with it! What can I do that is not too difficult? I was thinking of just crosshatching, what do you all think?

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    well you can find borders on quilterscache.com too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan
    well you can find borders on quilterscache.com too.
    Yes ... some nice ones!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jlong
    Can you show me your different borders? How do you determine how they will fit since they may have a pattern?
    I love pieced borders! I think that they add so much to quilts. Here is one of mine. Although it's pieced, there wasn't as much math involved as with some. I did a tutorial for the corner block and posted it in the tutorial folder.
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    Found another one. this is a quilt made with scraps and extra half-square triangles from two other quilts. It's hanging on my living room wall but will soon be replaced with another.

    Forgot to add that this one took some figuring out. I took the length of the center of the quilt and divided by the number of diamonds that I wanted to do. This gave me the length of each diamond. Added the seam allowance and that was it. Using graph paper and drawing it out can be very helpful.
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    http://www.amazon.com/Border-Workboo.../dp/1564771849 I have this book. Book is ususally at JoAnns Doghouse mentioned this book to you.

    Border here is from half square triangles left from cutting the corners off the snowball blocks.
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    Busy quilt. Just added left over strips from the blocks.
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    What a great question and the answers were fantastic. I went over to Amazon and bought one of the books ckcowl recommended. I'm actually enthusiastic about this!!!

    :)

    Especially since I've been starting to draft my own patterns.

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    Oh and here's another idea. Look at quilt blocks! Some of them make great borders on their own. Think about putting a small block on point for accent border. A small 4 patch, flying geese, log cabin, etc. Border can be what ever you want it to be.

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    This one is my favorite border, although after you asked, I went looking and discovered that most of my quilts don't have borders!
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    Check out the round robins and you'll find lots of borders. Here is a link to the finished quilts in IRR-II in 2010. You will see lots of different borders and they're magnificent.

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    I just love the cat quilt with the paws on the border. What pattern did you use for the cats?

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    Quilt University offers a free sample class that is about borders. You might want to take that for some ideas, too. http://www.quiltuniversity.com/registrar_free.htm

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    I just discovered a brick border; love it! Here's a link: http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/home/br...er-pattern.htm
    As a note, I made my bricks 4.5", 5.5", & 6.5". It was super easy.

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