Borders – The Finishing Touch

My recent trip to Nepal this year and India last year was an eye-opening experience. I lived in that part of the world for nearly five years. At the time, I didn’t recognize the impact this region was having on me because I was not yet a quilter. Going back recently was like going home. I discovered how profoundly my time there has guided me throughout my quilting life.

Probably the most powerful influence was the borders you see everywhere, both simple and elaborate.

Simple can be seen as just a small edge to stop the pattern of a wall of bricks or a plain fabric in a different color to stop the eye around a shirt, sari, or pair of pants.

 

Bricks

Bricks with borders.

 

 

Nepali Dress

Nepali dress with simple but colorful borders.

 

 

Treadle Machine

Notice the band around the ankles of the pants as this woman treadles.

 

 

Nepali dresses and fabrics with borders.

Nepali dresses and fabrics with borders.

 

Elaborate borders abound as well whether it is one surrounding the window or doorway of a home or temple or borders around the outer edges of entire buildings.

 

Doors and Windows

Doors and windows, all with borders.

 

 

The Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, India.

The Palace of the Winds in Jaipur, India.

 

 

Red Fort

Red Fort in Agra

 

 

Red Fort Agra

Columns at Red Fort

 

 

Detail at Red Fort

Detail at Red Fort

 

Even the written language has a straight line across the top of the characters.

 

Written language

Written language even has borders.

 

No wonder when I began quilting I wanted to add borders to everything. There was just a need to stop the design and give it a proper frame……sometimes simple, sometimes elaborate. It is like framing a picture. It looks so much better when the frame sets it off.

So at least from me, you will get borders on my quilt designs, sometimes elaborate, sometimes simple, but whatever is needed to stop the design and showcase it.

 

Simple borders on Labyrinth.

Simple borders on Labyrinth.

 

 

A pieced border on Windows.

A pieced border on Windows.