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I got an email from a quilter who asked about quilting designs for a 10 inch border on a quilt that she was making. I know that a lot of quilters dread a large border, but I LOVE working on them! All that “open” space almost makes me drool! (OK, I know –  I’m weird.)

I drew out two of my favorite big border patterns, done, of course, with feathers. Both of the diagrams below are done with my No Math, No Measure method of border placement. I would draw registration lines both horizontally and vertically to divide the border in half. I would also mark my corners and divide them in half also. At the middle point I would stitch a feathered wreath. To make my feathered wreaths I use the Feather Guides by Longarm University (for details about this product Click Here) Then I begin to “build” my border by positioning the Feather Guides (they are templates), marking the registration lines and then quilting each feathered wreath or portion of wreath. When I get close to the corners, then I will make a choice if I am going to quilt something “different/separate” (feathered wreath) in the corner or bring the border pattern into the corner. Click on the drawing for a larger view.

B- 10inch border 2

In the drawing above, I used the 10 inch Feather Guide. The feathers will fill the border area from seam to seam. If you notice, as I got close to the ends of the border, and space was getting small, I quilted a smaller feathered wreath. The feathered wreaths in the corners are also 10 inches in diameter.

If you didn’t want the border area so “full”, I would use the 8 inch Feather Guide, (which makes an 8 inch diameter feather wreath) and have about 1 inch on each edge of the feather border design. Any “non-feather” area I would fill with echo quilting, Ribbon Stipple, or a combination of these patterns. (For a free, online video class on how to do Ribbon Stipple Click Here)

Below is another variation. Again, I would start in the middle of the border with a feathered wreath, then “build” the swirled feathers from the middle to the corners. Of course, your border would have more or less of the swirled feathers for the length of your border. (There is a way to quilt the swirled feathers a lot more efficiently than what is drawn. The efficient way to quilt this border is in the instruction manual for the Feather Guides.) Click on the drawing for a larger view.

B - 10 inch border 3

When working a border like these, I would “turn” the quilt and stitch the side borders separately. It is VERY hard, if not impossible, to work this kind of border in “chunks” as you work down the body of the quilt.

The Feather Guide Template system from Longarm University has complete, step by step, photo illustrated instructions on how to create these two borders. There is also an online video class that uses these Feather Guides to make wonderful feathered wreaths and the swirled feather design – starting at the corners and working to the middle – in the borders. For details on this online class Click Here 

Several years ago I made a quilted Roman Shade for the doorway between my dining room and kitchen. I used the first feather design (above) in the middle of the Roman Shade and a variation of the second design along side the middle feather design. Click on the photo for a larger view.

B-10 inch border

I hope you can see the detail of the feathers. I wanted “texture” on this shade – I had no idea I would be photographing it when I made it.

If you don’t do feathers or work with templates, you can quilt a larger, all over, free hand design in this area. Or, you could divide the border in half lengthwise (2 – 5 inch sections) and quilt two rows of a pantograph or other type of design.   Many times, quilting two rows of any design will give a lot of texture to the area and many times make the design look totally different.

If you have any other suggestions or ideas or patterns for a large border, please let us know by leaving a comment. We would love to hear what you would do.

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