Since I began quilting, I've always thought that a quilt needed at least
one border, even if it's just simple fabric strips outlining the
blocks. However, I have some older quilts (I expect they are at least
50 years old) made by a great aunt, and she simply ran her pattern
blocks to the edge of the quilt and bound it. It's not that I didn't
notice this before, but I kind of chalked up the lack of borders to the
fact that many quilters of the previous generations quilted out of
necessity and not so much as an art form--although the quilts are works
of art. (My great aunt's quilts are very striking.) What I'm trying to
say is that the emphasis was different.
Anyway, I started thinking about the subject of borders since I'm
considering doing a Storm at Sea. I was trying to decide what type of
border would be do it justice. I know many of you could come up with
something spectacular, but most of my ideas seem to detract from what is
already a fabulous pattern. I'm thinking of going borderless.
So what do you all think about borders... or not?
Michelle in NV
- posted 11 years ago