Unless I’m making a quick quilt, they almost always have multiple borders. When I say that a quilt has 7 or 8 borders, I hear groans. The last time I was debating borders for Nicole’s quilts, someone mentioned that “modern quilts” are leaning towards having no borders. I see many pretty quilts without borders but I’m a border type quilter. I love borders!
This isn’t a debate about which drawing looks best. It’s done! The first drawing is what I used. This is simply to show you what I see when adding or subtracting borders.
This is the drawing for Nicole’s quilt and it has 8 borders and to my eye, that’s what fits perfectly.
This one left off a few borders and has no pieced border.
This one has the pieced border but one of the ecru and brown borders is removed. I think the quilt looks more balanced when, to some degree, the same border combination used before the pieced border is also used after the pieced border. In the quilt I used, borders #1, 2 and 3, which were used before the pieced border (#4) were repeated after the pieced border as borders #4, 5 and 7.
And, here it is without borders at all. To me, it just looks naked .. like a picture on the wall with no frame.
The good news is . . when making your quilts, you can use 1 or 2 or 10 borders . . whatever makes you happy. I just wanted you to see the difference adding or taking away a border can make in the same quilt.