To finish any type of quilt, including one sewn on quilting machines, and give it a nice edging, it is necessary to apply a border. Sewn in a number of different styles on Juki quilting machines, borders can be fancy or simply functional, depending on the design. In either case, the border is what covers all edges of the quilt and produces a clean edge that keeps everything neatly contained. Whether using a Juki Exceed HZL F400 quilter or using other quilting supplies to sew it by hand, the border is the final important touch on any quilt.

Different Quilt Border Styles

Although they all perform the same function, there are a few different styles of quilt borders that anyone can add, either by hand or with their Juki quilting machines, that includes the following:

  • Straight Border - This is one made from straight sections of fabric sewn to the sides of the quilt to form a complete border with simple, butted corners.
  • Mitred Border - This quilt border is made with a diagonal, mitred fold at the corner that creates a neat edgethat fully extends over the entire corner.
  • Floating Border - A border like this “floats” on the quilt by adding a second border around a straight border. The straight border is made from a contrasting fabric or color, while the second, floating border is made from the same fabric used in the quilt itself.
  • Pieced Border - These borders are sewn from fabric pieces that correspond with the size of the squares used within the quilt that are sewn together, then sewn around the entire quilt to create the border.
  • Scalloped Border - A scalloped border is simply a straight border that has scallops on one side to give more of a fancy look to the border.
  • Sashed Border - This is a border type that is made in the same fashion as the sashing around individual quilt blocks and typically uses contrasting cornerstones as part of the design. 
  • Dimensional Border - A dimensional border is a trim piece such as piping or ribbon that may be used as an interior border to separate the actual quilt from the border.

Applying the Different Quilt Borders

Quilt borders can be plain or fancy, depending on what best fits the quilt design. Straight borders are very easily sewn using a Juki Exceed HZL F400 quilter or any other quilting machine to provide a clean, crisp edge without drawing attention away from a more detailed quilt design. Floating borders when used with straight borders create a great floating effect and require little more than sewing on a second border just like the straight one; the difference is in the fabric. Pieced, scalloped, and sashed borders require a bit more planning since the sections must fit the quilt blocks and overall design, so measuring is especially important. Mitred borders are sewn on easily like straight borders; however, the angle must be considered beforehand and carefully sewn to get a crisp, 45-degree line.

These various borders can look beautiful alone and even better combined. When used collectively, quilters can create unique borders to embellish simpler quilts or accentuate quilt details. The addition of quilting supplies like dimensional borders in between the main quilt section and the chosen border can make that border look even more attractive. Like beautiful quilts themselves, no two borders need to be alike.

When the time comes to apply a border to a quilt, whether sewn on quilting machines or by hand, quilters can choose from many different and beautiful styles. Juki quilting machines, like the Juki Exceed HZL F400 quilter, make adding borders easy, and are a nice finish on any quilting project!

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