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The borderline about borders

Borders for quilts originated from the geometric mosaic designs laid between the 11th – 15th centuries in Italy’s basilicas and palaces. Quilt borders became better know through Medallion-style quilts. We think of them as the final finish of a mural or bed quilt. The decision is taken only after the piecing has been done.  Borders can be single, double, or triple straight strips of plain fabric or be pieced in strips beforehand. Mitered corners are usually the first choice and planned to be symmetrical or meet with a brick. The pattern should go all-around. The success of a quilt lies in the choice of a border. Planning starts after assembling the quilt. Pin your quilt flat against a pinboard and evaluate in an upright position.  Squint your eyes and take photographs to ensure that your quilt radiates energy with the chosen border. Your quilt’s centre piecing should come alive. Be aware that hexagon, equilateral triangle, and diamond border patterns must stick to 60° line directions and require extra attention. 90° square-related quilts go with a square blocked-patterned border. The adjacent drafted patterns are examples of 60° possibilities.

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