Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Border talk

If you haven't heard there's a new linky party going on!  Val at Val's Quilting Studio has been partying for the past few weeks with a new theme every Tuesday.  You don't even need to write a post just link up an old one.  This weeks theme is Birthdays and Borders.  All my quilts have some type of border so I've plenty to share.  Instead of linking to several different post why not just put them all in one!
This has to be one of my favorite borders.  A friend taught me this technique a couple of years ago, you can find a tutorial here on my blog on the tutorials tab.  
 It makes sorta a flange but with a twist. This quilt is currently being quilted.
 Borders can make a quilt, don't you think?  This pattern is called Cherries Jubilee.  Any other border would not have given this quilt the same movement.  
 I designed this quilt last year.  The borders gave me a fits.  Nothing seemed right.  Then I had an epiphany!  Fussy cut the border.  It almost gives an appliqued look to the border.
The quilt below falls in both birthdays and borders.  This was made for my dad's birthday.  I called it Four Directions.   Alot of research went into every design element.  I won't bore you with the details other than the borders are applique.   The feathers were raw edge, but instead of taking the fusible webbing to the edge I left a quarter inch around the edge unfused, stitched about a quarter inch from the edge, causing the feathers to fray and look feathery when washed!
 Another great border technique that I learned from Erin Russeks Blog.  She also designed the quilt block(block 2 from MY Tweets BOM)
 Another one of my designs below.  I thought the quilt looked boring until I added the applique in the border.  
 Love the Dresden borders on this one, this was fast and easy, and a very dramatic finish! 
A commissioned quilt uses the Erin Russek tutorial in the center, and then a simple scallop border.  I'm not a big fan of scallops, because I hate the math part and the binding.  But it's what the customer wanted so....
 Another one I designed.   After weeks of struggling with what type of border I decided to the classic Log Cabin worked great with the classic Lone Star.  
Well there you have it several different ideas for borders.  Hope I've inspired some creativity!

~ Lea Anne ~

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  1. You certainly have a gift for planning borders. These are all wonderful.

  2. I think you did a great job of showing us some extremely wonderful borders. I want to know how to do the borders on the first quilt. I agree that applique in the borders makes a great statement and adds so much. (Wish I could get more comfortable with any kind of applique.) I am going to go to the link you provided to see what I can learn.

  3. They are all stunning borders! Thank you for sharing your thought process and the end results. Love them!

  4. so much variety you have shared with both the borders and the quilts, thanks

  5. Oh my gosh Lea Anne, what beautiful quilts and love the flanged borders! Thanks for sharing.
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  6. Great borders Lea Anne! So many beautiful quilts too!!!

  7. Nice collection of borders! I especially like the Dresden border--and the whole quilt. Great colors. Fast and easy? Surprised me.

  8. Beautiful borders. They definitely make a difference in the final quilt.


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