When discussing some of the border topics, I’ll keep referring to my book, 60 Pieced Quilt Borders. The link for ordering is in the sidebar.
Regular readers will know that I’m not often so blatant in pushing my books but I’m not going to go into great detail here on the blog about a topic that’s covered in the book. And, once I begin posting border possibilities, I know that some are going to get frustrated because I’m not giving enough information on the blog. Everything you will need to make the blocks I show on the blog go together in a perfectly fitting border, can be found in the book. Fair Warning: When I post those blocks, and I begin getting comments about how many it takes or how to make it work in your quilt, simply because I won’t have the time to do the calculating for you, I’m not going to be able to respond to those requests. Please trust me . . the info you will need can be found in the book and though you will have to do a little math to make any block work in your border to fit your quilt, it’s very simple and I’m confident any quilter can do it.
Now .. this blog post is about odd or even numbers of blocks in quilt borders. Sometimes, it does not matter . . the border will come out just fine no matter if you put 10 or 11 blocks, or 14 or 15 blocks, or whatever but sometimes, it does matter.
This is a quilt I’ve been working on forever it seems and this afternoon I was going to go ahead and make the borders. It was only then that I realized I had the wrong number of borders in the top and bottom borders.
Can you see what’s wrong? In the top and bottom borders, there is no blank spot on the right side. The nine patch fits right up against the corner block. When I went back to change the sizes of the previous borders so I could either add an extra block, or take away a block, I saw that the math was right . . I had the right measurements but must have put in the wrong number for the number of blocks needed.
This one is right.
The look I wanted with these borders requires an odd number of blocks so there are 19 blocks in the sides and 15 blocks (not counting the corners) for the top and bottom.
It just requires a little planning before beginning but it makes a huge difference in the way the pieced borders turn out.