Monday, 8 October 2012

skip the borders - blog tour



Yay - today is my turn on my good friend Julie's blog book tour. In case you didn't know already, Julie has her very first book out now with Martingale and it's packed full of fabulous quilts, tips and hints as well as Julie's perfect quilt directions. She really does write an excellent pattern.


There are 15 quilts in the book, and each one is borderless (geddit - skip the borders?!). My favourite is probably the one below, I love the optical illusion it creates and how at different times I seem to see different shapes and patterns forming.



This star quilt is also a big favourite of mine...


Julie has given me 3 questions to answer which are questions she herself has answered within the book in lots of detail. That's another thing I love about the book - it's a really interesting read too, you get an insight into how Julie works and feel you really do know her better after reading the book. I like that kind of detail.

Q: All of the quilts in Skip the Borders are... borderless! Do you skip the borders on most of your quilts?

My first thought was, yes, I do skip the borders but then I realised I probably do about 50-50 depending on the quilt and what I feel it needs. Each quilt has it's own personality and 'needs' and some quilts just look better with a border, others look better without.

Q: In the intro to my book I give you permission to Break the Rules. Do you break some quilting rules? What is the number one rule you break and why

This is a tough one. I have no textiles or quilting training or background, so I am pretty positive I break way too many rules without even realising it. Rules are there to be broken, right? Or at least bent right out of shape. There are a couple of rules I think are key to great craftmanship and those I would never break (or at least I try not to!) and that's precise cutting and precise seams - getting to know your 1/4" seam is key to a good quilt. Other than those I guess I break pretty much all of them. I will say my most important rule is to be yourself and choose what you like - don't follow the crowds, or what others suggest are better choices. You are your own person and only you can decide what is best with fabric choices, quilt patterns and so on.


Q: It's no secret that I love binding! In Skip the Borders I included an entire chapter on binding.So the million dollar question, is do you use bias or straight of grain most of the time?

straight cut all the way for me! I admit it, I'm lazy.

Martingale have offered a digital copy of the Skip The Borders for one lucky winner.
So tell me, borders or no borders - which do you prefer?
Leave your answer in the comments section and I'll pick a winner when I get home from Sewing Summit (after the 15th October)

GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!!!

Good luck peeps!

The rest of the blog tour schedule is below - go and check out the previous and future posts!


Sept 10th - Generation Q magazine

Sept 12th - PS I quilt

Sept 14th - Beyond the Reef

Sept 17th - Pink Chalk Studio

Sept 19th - Fat Quarter Shop

Sept 21st - Bijou Lovely

Sept 24th - Red Pepper Quilts

Sept 26th - Swatch and Stitch (otherwise known as the Robert Kaufman blog)

Sept. 28th - Juicy Bits 

Oct 1st - V and Co

Oct 2nd - Martingale Publishling

Oct 5th - Carolina Patchworks

Oct 8th - I'm a Ginger Monkey - that's me that is

Oct 10th - Blue is Bleu

Oct 12th - Quilting is My Therapy (that's Angela Walters - she quilted the quilts in Julie's book)

Oct 15th - Quilt Dad

Oct 17th - Jaybird Quilts (Miss Julie herself!)




138 comments:

Anna said...

I've made 4 quilts so far and they are half and half border and no border. I like a lot of pattern rather than plain fabric so I'm more drawn to quilts without borders and the ones waiting to be made are mainly without.

Thanks for the give away!

bec said...

*I always thought they HAD to have borders, so happy to make some without!

Jennie P. said...

It depends on the quilt but mostly I like the borderless look.

Kris said...

I have always liked the borderless look, mostly because I don't like doing borders much! I think it gives a really fresh look.

Gertie Pye said...

I LOVE that optical illusion quilt. Totally stunning.

5Bent Needles said...

no borders gives a unique finish, but I tend to sew a little of both
love the quilts

Elisabet Molin said...

All my quilts so far have had borders. However, with the right design in front of me I would skip the border in a heart beat!

moira said...

I usually skip borders. Love that pink quilt btw

Wendz said...

Only one of my quilts has no border and at the time it just felt soooo wrong! Now though, so many quilts we see have no borders and they look fabulous and Julie proves this. I'd love to win this book so I can have a bash at making one of her fab quilts - with no borders!

Jantine said...

It depends on the quilt. I think most of my quilt get borders, but I tend to skipping them more lately! Especially on kids quilt since they are smaller anyway...

Nicky said...

It depends on the blocks I think - some are just so dramatic they don't need anything else. Others need the little extra a border gives them!

SewLittleToSay said...

For some designs a border completes the design but for other it detracts, so I think I would have to make my mind up on a quilt by quilt basis.

Hethie said...

All the ones I've made so far have had borders but that's just because it looks right for them. I really like the look of borderless, thinking my next quilt will probably be sans border!

Penny said...

I nearly always add a border as I think it is nearly always the finishing touch much like framing a picture but it does depend on the overall design of the quilt. The most borders I have ever added to one quilt was seven!

Gill said...

This looks such a great book! I've made a couple of borderless quilts and one with only 2 borders!

Elizabeth said...

I usually skip the border on scrap comfort quilts but I like how skipping the border focuses on a simple design.

Joan and Kevin said...

I make both kinds some with borders and some with out. They both look great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Karen S, Lykkefanten said...

I've not made that many quilts (one one complete and two other tops), but so far, I've made them without borders.

Joyce said...

I use borders on probably half of the ones I make...I wait until the end to decide. This book looks very interesting!

thecalicocorner said...

I always use borders, but now I'm beginning to see that borderless is also a good option!!

Ann Michelle said...

If the quilt is a grand piece I'lll put borders on, like I would frame artwork. Smaller quilts like for babies, I'd rather use the small space for blocks. :)

Marianne said...

It's all up to the quilt and what it wants whether or not I add borders.

Maria Wallin said...

Really depends on the quilt, I go both ways ^^
Both with borders and without ;)

heart of charnwood said...

With borders, it's one of those things I always feel I NEED to put on borders, maybe it's something I need to actually think about a bit more!! Ange x

Katy Cameron said...

I'm 50/50 too I'd say, sometimes I add them to make the quilt bigger (if using a pattern at a particular size that won't easily upsize), other times I don't bother, I have no real attachment! Thanks for the chance to win :o)

LisaT said...

Most of my quilts tend to have border as mainly because I am increasing the size of the quilt. I agree though, some just dont need a border and adding borders is not my favorite part of the process!

Lisa Marie said...

I agree that some quilts need borders and some are better without. Julie's borderless quilts are lovely! Can't wait to see this book.

Hitch and Thread said...

Usually I'd say no borders... But this afternoon I designed a quilt that I added a border to. But only because I need the room for the wide binding I've planned.

Elsa said...

I just pulled a bunch of blocks from a quilt I made a few years ago and put them up on the wall, thought of this book and realized it could be a quilt without borders! I've made a few of them but mostly do borders ~ this one is perfect without and I'd never have thought of it had I not seen this book!
Thanks so much for the giveaway ~ there are so many lovely quilts in this book!

Fiodhna said...

No borders! Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

Lee said...

I love the idea of no borders but I like them :) Julies no borders are lovely though:) thanks!

Lori said...

Usually no borders! Thanks for the chance to win!

Allison C said...

I like both, but I lean towards no borders!

blondie19012k said...

Just starting on my first quilt and it's not going to have borders, I think it will look nice without!

babiesdoc said...

Borders ? almost never

giddy99 said...

My first pick would be no borders!

Kelsey said...

I love a good border, it's almost like a frame for the quilt. That said I do want to try some without borders and the quilts from this book all look so fab without them!

B Greene said...

All of my quilts have had borders, but three of my four works in progress are borderless. The times - they are a changin' :-)

Caryn said...

So far, no borders. I'm not entirely opposed to them though, given the right pattern.

Heather said...

I've only done a couple quilts with borders...but in those cases, they definitely needed them! But as a whole I like when designs kind of march off the quilt :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Gwen said...

In the past, I have almost always added borders to my projects-- but now, after seeing all the pretty quilts on this blog hop, I will think before just automatically adding a border. Some patterns just look amazing without a border, and if you *did* add a border, it would actually detract from the beautiful of the quilt! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book-- it looks wonderful! :-)

Susie Johnson said...

I'm rethinking...no borders!!!

M.W. said...

I would say I am 50/50 on the borders. Sometimes I think it needs them sometimes I don't
Shawn

Flaun of I Plead Quilty! said...

I skip borders 90% of the time. The other 10% call for borders, design-wise.

LoBo333 said...

No borders! Thanks for the giveaway!

Heather D. said...

I do not do borders very often -I have a difficult time applying them accurately. If I do, it's a narrow 2" border just to seperate the design from the binding and to make sure that I don't have to trim off any of the design in squaring up.

DianeY said...

I'm with you! Depends on the quilt - some look better with and some looks better without

Erin@Sew at Home Mummy said...

I used to be a border snob...then I made my first quilt without and I LOVE having no borders!!
mummyquilts@gmail.com

DIANA said...

I love binding,i love to stitch it first by machine and on the back just by my hands...but i know that a very modern art quilt is more modern without a binding...bye and have a nice day and thanks for the giveaway!!

Beth in TN said...

I prefer no borders unless the design is such that it just has to be anchored.

CJ said...

I would say about 75% no borders and 25% borders. I've got a quilt that's been sitting almost finished for a year because I can't make a decision about borders on it!!

Sonia B said...

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. Thanks for the chance.

BizyStitches said...

just because that is the way I leaned was to add borders. But I'm open to eithr.

Gina S. said...

No borders!

Mindelicious said...

I've never made a quilt with borders, but I'm new to quilting.

Samantha said...

No Borders :)

VickiT said...

I don't really have a preference either way. Of course, I haven't done too many quilts yet and those I've made in the traditional way or piecing have had borders. Those I have made with machine embroidery have not for whatever reason. I liked both.

MC said...

So far it has been mostly no borders for me

Trudi said...

Oh I'm one off,those fickle quilters, depends what the quilt says it wants, so both! Looks like a great book too :)

mathea said...

I used to think that a quilt had to have borders and was taught that "the rules" said that the total width of the borders should equal the width of a block. I find that with more confidence over the years I have become better at breaking the rules, and love quilts where the pattern goes all the way to the edge. It all depends on the quilt, though.

MugglePuggle said...

I like both, but it really depends on what mood I'm in and what the quilt looks like! :)

Tamie said...

I'm like you- borders if the quilt needs it, none if it doesn't. Thanks for participating in the tour.

delwak said...

after seeing Julie's beautiful quilts ! I want to say : no borders ! but isn't the binding a kind of border LOL !

Donna Baker said...

I'm with you about whether the quilt 'needs' them. so far I have made 2 without & finally started my 3rd that will have them (plenty) as I'm following a pattern for the first time!

Harrysmum said...

I quite like subtle borders, where the block s end and don't repeat right off the edge.... Like the doll quilt here http://qisforquilter.com/2012/01/scrappy-snowball-doll-quilt-top/
Saying that, I've made quilts with definite borders and ones without! Call me fickle ;-)

ikk said...

I'm a newcomer to a quilting community, my first quilt is with borders, but I guess that it depends on the quilt really. The one with optical illusion is just wonderful, but for the stars, I would go for tiny borders, just to show them better - but it just my preference.

Shen said...

I've only made one quilt so far and it had a border - must say that I really like those without though so think my next ventures will be borderless!

Jacey said...

I would say I generally do not use borders. I agree, though; it depends on what the quilt needs! Thanks for sharing, Katy!

Carol said...

Generally I prefer borders, but I do have a few quilts that really didn't want borders.

Mack and Mabel said...

I've never put a border on a quilt yet, but I guess I might do one day.

Cheryl said...

I prefer borders on my quilts but sometimes a quilt just cries out to not be bordered!

Flying Blind... said...

Well I reckon borders are anecessary sometimes, and other times, like in Europe, you just don't need to see them ;)

Anonymous said...

I go both ways. I know dancing with the fence. :)

Marnita Parry

Jane S. said...

I am about 50/50 on my quilts as well. Some of them just NEED a border, others are very happily completed without one. :)

CJ said...

No borders! I always skip them unless they are really necessary (which is almost never).

barbara woods said...

love to win that thanks

jane said...

I prefer no borders. Thanks for the chance to win.

Debbie said...

I never before even thought about not adding borders, but now I want to try!

kate brown said...

I have been a border person but this has opened me to new ideas!

Tracey said...

I prefer borderless quilts myself but I do add them if I think it suits the quilt.

Gidget said...

I guess it depends if the quilt needs a border.... for size or to bring the fabrics together... I would go either way.

Kristi said...

I perfer to go borderless cuz, man do my borders wave! Thanks

jmniffer said...

I like borderless quilts as I don't like adding borders. That said, some quilts just NEED borders and add them I do. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

pianomama said...

I love the instant satisfaction of borderless - although sometimes a border is an easy way to make a smaller quilt bigger....

ritainalaska said...

i do prefer borders, but have no qualms about going borderless if my quilt screams at me: 'i'm done, no borders needed!' this is a great blog tour and i'm thoroughly enjoying it! thanx for the chance to win a copy of this great book.

Amy Losordo said...

I'm this close to trying the no borders on a triple wall quilt...three identical pieces with different backgrounds...this close to trying it. So glad to have discovered this tour!

Ellee said...

Some of my quilts have borders, but most of them don't. soparkaveataoldotcom

Lisa Lisa said...

I've done both, but I prefer no borders! Thanks so much for the chance to win :)

Carla said...

I've made several quilts now with no borders and I love them .thanks

Rebecca said...

I prefer no borders on smaller quilts, and with borders on larger quilts :)
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Deb said...

No preference....they both have their place!

Sarina said...

I do both but I think a usually tend to put some type of border on- though sometimes it's only a very small 2" border or less.

Anna Honeysett said...

I like and do both depending on the quilt. Looks like a great book :-).

Shevvy said...

I usually do no borders, I normally only add them if I want to add size to the quilt.

Kristin said...

I add borders most of the time, but my current project is borderless. Pick me! Pick me! Pick me! =)

Glenda in Florida said...

I almost always add borders--I send my quilts out for long arming, and I think it helps keep the seams from coming undone. Maybe I'll start skipping them, and just stay stitch around the edge. This looks like a great book!

Anonymous said...

Most of the time I add borders, especially on my larger quilts. It's time to start experimenting!
wlinda_ca@yahoo.com

marci sinfisi said...

im a no borders fan :)

sarah said...

I love the "no borders" look!

Mel Nunn said...

I like both, it depends on the quilt really... But I do tend to make more border less quilts!

Montseta said...

I normally tend to use borders, but that's because if I'm doing a bed quilt taht I want to be a desired size probably the pattern I'm doing is too small.
Terrific giveaway! Have fun at Sewing Summit!

Lyn said...

Normally, they would have them, but there have been a few that didn't...most recently a sashiko wallhanging. I would definitely consider leaving them out...love that star quilt!

Sofia L said...

I always add a boarder. I just can't seem to let it go. Plus I use it to allow room for squaring up the quilt.

Robin noteverstill said...

By that point in a project, I want to be done! I say skip those borders!

Texas JennyWren said...

SOME QUILTS JUST NEED A BORDER OR TWO,BUT MOSTLY I CHOOSE PATTERNS WITH NO BORDERS!! I SAY SKIP SKIP SKIP TO MY LOU!!

Ann in NC said...

I usally add borders, but sure like the idea of calling it done without them!

Margy said...

Depends on the quilt, I like the optical illusion one without, but traditional quilts, shoudl have a border.

Sigrun said...

I actually made a quilt without border - but these look amazing! It appears easier to pull it all together with a border, so it defenitely is a challenge to try without. More on the to-do-list!

Sigrun said...

....of course I wanted to say: "never made a quilt without border...

EmpressC said...

I add borders to cover my imperfection in joining but is love to make border less quilts. I feel try give
more focus and clean lines I the overall design! thanks for the chance :)

Crystal said...

I'm such a newbie! So far I've done borderless rag quilts but I have some stashed pieces that will make a quilt with borders. I love them all!! Thanks for sharing a copy of that lovely book - I can't wait to read it!

Happy Me said...

Awesome girl. I say no boarders, no foundries life is wonderful.

Happy Me said...

Ha ha that's no boundries

Heather A said...

I almost always ... look at me, a relative newbie quilter using the word "always" (HA!) ... add borders. Sometimes just because I want to make the quilt bigger without making more squares. I'm very slow so there's no such thing as just "whipping up" a dozen or so more squares to get the size I want.

Chancy said...

I normally add borders, but lately have been branching out to no borders. It definitely depends on the quilt though.

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Jamie Lee said...

I think I'm 50/50 too!

Judith said...

I like the clean look of no borders, but I'll use a border sometimes a quilt needs one to balance out the sashing. Thanks for the great giveaway opportunity.

Sallie said...

Generally, I like borders, but I have a quilt that I think I will do without borders. Thanks for the giveaway!

Stephanie C. said...

Mostly no borders, just because they're a pain in the ass and I haven't quite figured out a good way to quilt them since I'm so new at things.

Nancy said...

I usually put borders in to frame the quilt as well as make it larger. nridder@hurontel.on.ca

Delores said...

Almost always, I'm borders, although Julie's book is inspiring me to try some 'no borders' ones.

Love to win the book!

Anna said...

Went to look at the quilts I have made - leaning more toward no border, and those are the more recent ones!

Jenny Larking said...

I have only made quilts with borders so far. How would you finish the edge? Maybe I will have to get this book to find out.

bee said...

it depends on the quilt, but i like skipping borders - means it gets done quicker!

Jacquelin said...

cada colcha requiere un acabado y el mejor final es que guste a su autora. ¡rompe las reglas!

Nana Jo said...

This book looks like a great one to add to my library.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I usually put borders on my quilts, but I think these quilts look great w/o borders! Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary Beth said...

I love the look of borderless!

Shannon said...

I prefer borderless most of the time because I think it looks neat and clean, and it makes quilting the top easier...IMO! :) Thank you!

Joan Stroh said...

Border less!

Alexis said...

I think I've always done a border. I thought quilts had to have them. I'm pretty excited about this book to get a different idea. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lisa M said...

Depends on the design of the quilt and whether or not it lends itself to a boarder. Out of all the quilts I have made, it would be a 50/50 split as to whether they have a boarder or not.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book; very generous of you

delwak said...

a majority have borders.
two do not have borders. did not thought two much about it before. I liked well framed quilts, I am changing...

charlotte said...

I used to do borders when I first started quilting. Then, they gradually fell away. I think now most don't have borders and very few need them in my opinion. This is a great time for this book to help others break out of their borders.

Jessimama@prodigy.net said...

Usually no borders.....but like you said it's not a rule! I try to listen to the design conversation happening within each project.

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing...

Jo said...

I have always done borders so far ... but I am tempted now to skip having seen this wonderful book :)

Shar said...

I do both kinds of quilts. I think it depends on the quilt. I like begin done and not have to put borders on.

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