Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Finds....borders?

  Borders?  I have a love/hate relationship with borders on my quilts.  And lately, I have been very lax---read that as lazy---about using borders.   First, why do we add borders......

  • A plain border---solid or striped---can make your quilt larger in size.  
  • Turn a square top into a rectangular size by adding border to the top and bottom only.  
  •  A great place for leftover parts or small blocks, especially in a scrap quilt. 
  •  Enhances the design and makes a finishing statement.  
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I think I shared this before.....a good collection of simple ideas for a border.  I don't have a source for it, but it contains sound advice.  

   Now a few good finds  for some inspiration.

Elizabeth's Quilting Projects

  From Elizabeth's Quilt Project blog.....check out what she did in this border.  Crumbs!  All the bits and pieces from this jar quilt came together to make a border.  I like the unexpected movement it creates.  She explains  her technique here.  

Exuberant Color: Last January finish..........:
Exuberant Color
 From Exuberant Color blog.  Wanda recently finished this scrap quilt of leftovers.
Not only is the design amazing and simple, but the border just turns this quilt into something outstanding in my eyes.  The border of triangles repeats the the star points.  Be sure to click over and read how she developed this one. 

"Gathering Baskets" (from Primitive Pieces By Lynda):
From Primitive Pathways

This is a pattern from Primitive Pathways.   A different layout--offset--using the triangles and that extra border on the right with applique is quite special.  

Block Leaf Quilt Border Pattern for Corners:
From How stuff works....... a border design using those orange peels.  How neat is this!  I love how it turns the corner so nicely too.   This would be great on a busy scrap quilt.  

As always, please visit the links for the original source.   I did not make these quilts, so don't pin from me....thanks.  
 More border ideas and inspiration can be found on my Border board on Pinterest.  
Enjoy.....and happy stitching. 


allthingzsewn said...

OOOOOH, I like these border ideas and something I think I can do.. I have only quilted for two yrs. and just getting into more design other than plain blocks et. Have never even considered the borders other than plain strips yet. Thanks for opening another door for me. I'm following our border board.

Angie said...

Several border ideas here that call my name. Most of the time, I prefer quilts without borders...

Elvira said...

Muy sugerente tu entrada sobre fronteras o ¿como ampliar mi quilt ?

Nicki said...

I love unusual borders but have yet to put one on any of my quilts. I should have experimented on some of those doll quilts I made over the years. Oh well, maybe someday I'll get brave & try one on a regular size quilt. Thanks for the Friday Finds!

Janet O. said...

Some great border ideas here, Debbie. I am SO lazy about borders.
I have to add that those fun little touches on Elizabeth's quilt make it extra cute--the escaped firefly and the upside-down snail. : )

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

thanks for featuring my quilt. I'm usually too lazy to do a pieced border but I loved this little quilt from the beginning and felt it was really worth my time to add more triangles in the border and make it more special.

Quilting Babcia said...

Great border ideas. I can always use some extra inspiration!

Dana Gaffney said...

Love/hate heavy on the hate for borders, unless it's a simple frame. I love complex borders, but you're so close to finished and it feels like there is so much more to do.

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