Think Outside the Border

I’ve made nine quilts this year. Want to know how many of them had a border? Zero of them had a border. I don’t dislike them on other people’s quilts. It’s just not something I do. I don’t know why, but for whatever reason quilts without borders have become part of my personal style.

And yet, when I share my finished quilt tops on my various social media groups it never fails. Someone asks me what color I’m going to do my border. As if there’s an unwritten quilting law that says all quilts shall have a border. (And worst of all, lots of people ask me if I’m going to attach a guest lodger to my quilt. Umm, No. First of all, I don’t run a bed and breakfast, and B, I’m not a psychopath.)

Well…these unwritten quilt laws are for the incurious if you ask me. Haven’t you ever looked at a quilt design and wondered, “what if…”?

When I first got interested in quilting a long, long time ago, almost all quilts were made in blocks and rows, and 99.9 percent of them had muslin backgrounds. 

What if, somewhere along the way, some curious quilter hadn’t asked herself, “What if I do this instead?” I reckon our quilts would look exactly like Granny’s. And while that wouldn’t necessarily be tragic – Granny’s quilts were lovely – it would be limiting and boring and there probably wouldn’t be as many of us. So I’m glad there are quilters out there who think outside the border. Rebel Quilters everywhere…I salute you! 

And someone please tell me, what’s become of all the boarders getting attached to quilts? Why hasn’t anyone reported this to the authorities? Is it an AirBnB phenomenon? I’m so confused…


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