Quilt border ideas

Quilt border ideas DEFAULT

Your eye is naturally drawn to the beautiful design in the center of your quilt. But that doesn't mean your quilt borders should be boring. In fact, the borders can enhance a quilt with a finishing touch that compliments the overall design.

The border of your quilt:

  • Frames the center of your design and gives it a finished look.
  • Drapes over your bed and will be the first part of your quilt seen.

Rather than just adding a simple, straight border (nothing wrong with these, of course), why not think outside of the box?

To help you do that, we've provided some inspiration with 25 stunning quilt border ideas you can drool over — and perhaps borrow for your next quilt project.

25 Quilt Border Ideas to Inspire You

1. House Quilt Blocks

2. Improv Quilt Block

3. Autumn Lattice Quilt

4. Round Robin Border Details

5. Island Chain

6. Glacier Star

7. A Tisket A Tasket

8. Quilt Border

9. Curvaceous Binding

10. Ruffled Roses

11. Drunkard’s Path

12. Curve

13. Waves

14. Country Paradise

15. Bethlehem Star

16. Whim Wham Stars

17. Quiltville

18.By the Bay

19. Nostalgia

20. Patch Quilt

21. Cottage Quilt

22. Scalloped Border

23. Ribbon

24. Patch

25. Border

What Will You Create for Your Next Quilt Border?

You might wonder, “How do I choose a border for my quilt?” In addition to our inspiration photos above, there are plenty of other quilt border designs and patterns available to you with a quick Google or Pinterest search.

If you're a beginner, start with some easy quilt border ideas so you don't get overwhelmed or frustrated. As you gain more experience, you can experiment with your borders and try varying widths and fabric combinations.

With all of these ideas, you may have a hard time making up your mind. But whatever you choose, make it your own — to reflect your personal style and preferences.

Looking for fresh and unique quilting border ideas? Check out our collection of great border ideas for your next quilt project.
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7 Easy Border Quilting Ideas That Only Look Difficult

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Another quilt, more border quilting ideas to come up with.

Borders come in all shapes and sizes, whether it’s a true pieced border or just negative space  around the center of your quilt.  

So what’s a quilter to do when they don’t know what to choose? 

Get some inspiration.  

Sometimes, when you are working on a quilt, you finally get to the quilting stage and find you just want to do a quilting design that’s quick and easy.  

Or you are brand new to quilting (Welcome!) and need an easy idea to get your feet wet that  still looks great.  

Walking foot quilting designs are some of my favorite quilting designs, simply because straight  angular lines give much more of a modern touch to your quilt.  

Not to mention they take away 60% of the work that comes with free motion quilting.  Quick, easy, and modern.  

So today I’m talking about walking quilting border ideas that are great for beginners and anyone else looking for a quick easy quilting motif.  

Tools for Success 

Other than the walking foot that likely came with your machine (if not you can find a good one  here) there’s really only one tool to turn your border quilting ideas into super clean and professional quilting on fabric.

Hera Marker 

A hera marker is really my only secret tool for amazing quilting. This notion allows you to mark  out all the lines you want to quilt while leaving no trace behind.  

Why do we care? 

To get clean professional quilting motifs, you DO NOT need a professional, fancy, expensive,  long arm quilting machine.  

The main difference between the “quality” of quilting a long arm and a domestic machine is simply being able to see where you are going, and getting there in a much more consistent manner.  

When working on a long arm, you aren’t wrestling with the bulk of a quilt, you can just focus on  getting from point A to point B and you can use rulers much more easily to ensure straight  lines.  

On a domestic machine we have a lot more to consider as we navigate the quilt through the  machine which has a tendency to take our focus off from staying on that straight line from A to  B when you are eyeballing it. 

Lines tend to end up wavy, jagged, pointed, squares end up lopsided, simply because we can’t  see the bigger picture around it.  

So while the walking foot takes care of the consistency problem of getting pretty stitches, using a Hera marker marks out the exact lines you want to make, and keeps you from having to focus so hard while coordinating all of the moving parts. 

Wrestle with the quilt all you need, just stay on your marked line and you’ll end up with a  beautiful straight line that ends exactly where you intended every time.  

Squares actually end up square, lines actually end up straight.  

If you don’t already mark out motifs before quilting them, or own a Hera marker, your quilting is about to get kicked up a notch and you’ll immediately regret not getting one sooner.  

So if you’re using one of these border quilting ideas, be sure to check out a Hera markerto make your  life 10 times easier.  

This is the one I use from Amazon.

My Top 10 Favorite Walking Foot Quilting Designs 

Hera marker in hand, shall we start quilting? 

Piano Keys 

This one is a classic, and is likely everywhere on the internet, I get that, but it’s so popular (and easy) that I had to include it.  

All it is is straight lines running perpendicular to make a “T” with the border you are quilting.  

I find it easier to start on the inner edge of the block and quilt out to the border edge so you  can drop your needle exactly where you want it. Instead of working your way in and putting strain on your eyes to try and figure out if you ended in the right spot. 

ProTip: To keep the lines straight use some sort of guide, whether it’s the edge of your walking  foot or a quilting guide for larger spaces. The one I use is universal to most walking feet.  

This is the only border quilting design on this list that can be adapted for borders that aren’t  straight lined; which is why it’s at the top of the list.  

My double wedding ring quilt is a great example of how versatile this simple design really is,  the rings are curved, but the straight lines around the edge of the quilt just follow the design  and end wherever it hits a ring. 

A Modern Double Wedding Ring Quilt 


A very modern and geometric version of the piano keys, start by marking out triangles that zig  zag across your border. You may need to make a triangle bigger or smaller to make the corner  turn nicely. Then quilt your zigzag. 

Using those straight lines, follow the zigzag line, altering directions with each triangle piece.  Just be sure to reinforce stitching at the starts and stops! 

A Scrappy Quilt with Triangle Borders


Everyone loves a good herringbone.  

This one is simple, whether you include a border like I did or not, mark a single line down the  center with the help of a ruler, the marking will help keep it perfectly centered as you stitch it.  

Go back with your ruler and Hera marker and mark out perfectly spaced chevron lines on each  side. To save time, it’s easiest to do this in bulk a side at a time. This way you know your  herringbone will have a consistently spaced chevron and both sides will end at the same point  to give you that great design.

Simple Squares 

Maybe you have squares in a pieced border, or maybe you just want to add some interest to a  solid color border.  

Either way this is a great, easy, and QUICK one.  

I like to start at one corner and just using the right angle of my ruler mark out two zig zags  across the border side that meet up to make the square!  

You may need to adjust towards the end so you don’t end up with a half square when you get  to the next corner, but the beauty of marking ahead is that you have all the time in the world to  play with it before committing.  

When you quilt it, quilt it like a zig zag (half at a time) instead of a square, you’ll keep moving and you won’t  have to push and pull the quilt so much.  

Interlocking squares 

The interlocking squares build off the concept of the simple squares and makes it a little more  fancy. To quilt, instead of marking the middle of the width of the border, make marks at the 1/3 and 2/3 points and run them the full length of the border. Do not quilt these lines, they are for reference only.  

Instead of marking from one edge of the border all the way to the other edge like in the simple  squares, mark from an outer edge, across the first 1/3 reference line, and stop at the second.  

Make your 90 degree angle, and mark all the way back out to the outer edge of the border.  

Do the same thing on the inner side of the border, crossing the closer 1/3 reference line and  stopping at the second.  

Other than that it’s just a zig zag!  

The Knot  

Even fancier still, but no more difficult to do, this knot design is created by making two  interlocking square designs that are offset from each other.  

To start, make the interlocking squares from above. 

Now repeat the two zig zags, on top of the original two, using those same 1/3 reference lines.  Except this time, off set them from the first set so where the original set made a big square, the  new lines will cross for the small square.  

I love that this design is as simple as four zig zag lines. 

The Fan 

This border quilt idea is fun as it kind of gives you an unexpected triangle design that you really don’t see  often.  

This design uses an “entry level” dot to dot technique, and if you’ve never heard of “dot to dot” before, all it means is that it uses geometric shapes, whether they are from the quilting or the piecing and uses corners of the shapes as “dots”. 

Make different shapes connecting them between “dots” and fill them in after!  

To get this design, mark out your zig zag and quilt it first. Then go back in and start at the  point where the zigzag turns, quilt 5 lines out to the opposite edge of the border, fanning your  lines as you go! 

Repeat the process for each turn in your zig zag.  

BONUS border quilting ideas!  

I wanted to throw a beginner free motion option in here just in case you were loving these ideas  and wanted your hand at something a little different.  

This one uses both the walking foot and the free motion quilting foot. So be sure to have both  handy.  

Starting with your Hera marker, mark out two zig zags that parallel each other the full length of the border. This will create a zig zag gap that separates the two halves of the border. Depending on how wide the border is you can play around with how much space is between the two lines, the wider the border the more space you’ll want. 

Before taking your walking foot off, go ahead and quilt your straight lines on the outer edge all  the way around the quilt, stopping whenever you get to the first zig zag line.  

Once you’ve finished, change out your foot to the free motion quilting foot and drop your feed dogs.

What you should be left with is empty triangles on one side of the zig zags. 

Make three to four smaller triangle shapes to fill in the empty portions of the border, following the edges of the triangles that is made by the underside of the zig zag, each shape returning back to the same starting point.  

And if your shapes are a little too large or you like a little extra detail, feel free to throw a little echo line inside the shape like mine.

Repeat the process all the way around the inside of the border and you’re done! 

How to Never Run Out of Border Quilting Ideas

While reading tutorials and looking at pictures is great for inspiration, the best option for learning anything is taking a class with someone who you can trust knows what they’re talking  about.  

When I first started quilting, I was working 60+ hours a week at my day job, so everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned from classes I took online! Craftsy was a gold mine for learning this hobby and if you’ve never heard of  Craftsy, let me open up a door to a world of crafting opportunities to you. 

Craftsy is the Netflix of crafting. You can find classes to learn skills for any craft on it. Cookie  decorating, jewelry making, sewing, crochet, knitting, you name it, it’s likely to have multiple  classes on it. All taught by experts in those fields.  

When it comes to quilting you can find pages and pages of different quilting technique classes to take.  

And hands down, one of the best I found was Borders and Backgrounds by Angela Walters. 

If you’ve never heard of Angela Walters before, definitely take a look at her show The Midnight Quilt Show on youtube. Angela is an incredible professional quilter and machine quilting teacher and has recorded the Borders and Backgrounds class just for Craftsy spilling all her best tips and tricks when it comes to border quilting ideas, you can check out my full in-depth review of the class here!

Are online courses an investment? Sure, but sometimes you don’t always have the time or schedule to go to an in person class, that would cost a fee to take anyway. Taking a class online, at your own pace, is hands down the best (and definitely most convenient) way to learn.  

So if you’re interested in always having a border quilting idea in the back of your mind for your next quilt, click here to check out Borders and Backgrounds on Craftsy.

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How to Choose a Simple Border

A simple border is the last critical decision for a quilt top. Quilting Techniques such as knowing how to measure for your border is what makes a  border come alive no matter if the center is ho-hum.

Your blocks are finally stitched and now all that is left to do is add a border. But first lets explore how to measure for that perfect simple border.

To measure the pieced quilt top, place your tape in the middle of the longest side and then in the middle of the shortest side.

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Add at least two-inches to each of your measurements. This is for insurance purposes.

Your simple border will be trimmed later as needed.

If your border design will have multiple tiers you will need to take a new measurement after you add each tier.

Borders cut along the lengthwise grain will lay flatter than borders cut along the crosswise grain.

Because all fabric stretches and has a memory, there are a few terms to know:

If you cut along the lengthwise grain, you will not have any seams and very little stretch.

Cutting along the lengthwise grain will, however, take more fabric.

Cutting along the crosswise grain will take less fabric.

But when cutting crosswise you will have to piece the pieces together to get the necessary length to go around your quilt.

For me it is worth buying an extra yard of fabric to minimize piecing.

Whatever image your quilt body presents, try to do the opposite with the border.

  • If your quilt colors are bland, use brighter colors in the border.
  • If your quilt body has large-scale print, look for a smaller-scale print for the border.
  • Determine the best width for your border. A width that is a multiple of the block size is the most visually balanced.
  • If you use several borders, make them different widths to avoid a repetitive look.

When using directionally printed fabric, it can be more pleasing to cut the top and bottom borders across the crosswise grain rather than along the lengthwise grain.

In order to maximize the full 42-inch width of your fabric cut enough strips for the top and bottom borders before you cut the side borders from the lengthwise grain.

Simple Borders With Butted Corners

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A Quilt Border with a butted joint is the easiest form of a border.

A beginner quilt pattern will usually have a butted joint border and is usually added to the top and bottom edges first and then to the side edges. With a butted border we simply mean the top and side borders are butted together. Quilting made easy for beginners leads to success right away!

  1. Mark the center of all four sides of pieced quilt top with a pin.
  2. Measure across crosswise grain of pieced quilt top to determine length of top and bottom borders.
  3. Trim top and bottom borders to the determined length (this assumes the borders have already been cut with the added 2-inches for insurance.
  4. Mark center of the top and bottom border pieces.
  5. Match center marks of top border piece to center mark of pieced quilt top.
  6. Pin top border to pieced quilt top easing in any fullness.
  7. Stitch.
  8. Repeat above steps for bottom border.
  9. Measure across lengthwise grain of pieced quilt top, including top and bottom borders you just added.
  10. This measurement determines length of side borders.
  11. Repeat steps 3 through 7 to add side borders.
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If your simple border has a definite design and you need to piece a few strips together to get the distance needed to go around your quilt, use the straight seam method to join the strips.

Try to match the design of any directionally printed piece of fabric as best you can. The image above is an example of matching the design.

It is also important to try to match stripes, plaids, and large floral motifs.

To get a good match it is better to base the seam before stitching, then press the seam open...one of the few times you will press a seam open when quilting.

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Use a small stitch (12 stitches to the inch) to stitch this seam.

An alternative for joining strips is to use a 45 degree angle or mitered seam.

This method creates a less visible seam especially when the fabric is plain.

Even Simple Borders With Butted
Corners Require Planning

quilt borders

A simple border deserves to be more than just an afterthought, so take a little time to decide on that perfect border.

Maybe it only needs to enhance the center design area by acting as a frame.

Unpieced borders are cut from fabrics that were used in the main theme of the quilt.

This is where you can use multiple strips of different colors that tie in with the main theme of the quilt.

Graduate the different widths from narrow to wide and back to narrow.

Choose a commanding dark color for a narrow inner border strip.

Simple borders with butted corners require the least amount of fabric and the simplest way to deal with corners.

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Most prints are symmetrical making it easy to match the corners and sides.

Test your selection of fabric by folding it lengthwise into a border-size strip and place at the edge of the pieced quilt top.

Handling of your pieced quilt top causes the edges to stretch so it is best to measure at the center.

Your quilt will hang or lie straight by making the side or top and bottom edges the same measurement as the center.

You accomplish this by using the center measurement as your point of reference and then easing in the stretched areas (outer perimeter) to fit the center measurement.

For better accuracy use a metal tape to measure a whole quilt as it will not stretch like a cloth tape does. You will acquire a tolerance for some Quilting Accessories while others will be a natural fit.

I have to come clean here. There are times when I prefer a flexible tape measure especially when I'm working by myself and have no one to help hold the metal tape.

For me, metal tapes are a little clumsy. See, I warned you that we would discover that most of the time no one way is right or wrong...it is what works best for you that is important.

Simple Borders With Mitered Corners

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Mitered corners use a little more fabric and give a formal, graceful flow to the quilting stitches that go around the corners.

Mitered corners may seem more complex but after you do a couple it gets easier. These quilting instructions makes mitered corners easy!

  1. Beginning at center of border strip measure half the width of the pieced quilt top in both directions and mark with a pin.
  2. Match marks on border with corners of quilt top and pin.
  3. Pin border to pieced quilt top between center and corners, easing in any fullness.
  4. Sew border to quilt top, beginning and ending seams exactly 1/4-inch from each corner of pieced quilt top.
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  1. Backstitch both ends of stitching to secure seam.
  2. Repeat this process to sew bottom, then side borders, to pieced quilt top.
  3. Temporarily move first 2 borders out of the way by folding and pinning ends as shown.
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  1. Fold corner of quilt top diagonally with right sides together and matching edges.
  2. Use ruler to mark stitching line as shown.
  3. Pin borders together along drawn line and sew on drawn line backstitching at beginning and end of stitching.
  4. Turn mitered corner right side up and check to make sure corner will lie flat.
  5. Trim seam allowance to 1/4-inch and press to one side.
  6. Repeat steps 8 through 12 to miter each remaining corner.
  7. Press the mitered seam open after stitching and trimming to reduce the bulk and to maintain the accuracy of the angle.

The trick is to place the needle precisely next to the last stitch of the adjacent border seam.

That way you avoid any gaps by starting the next border seam exactly where the previous seam ends.

In this image we show both an inner and outer mitered border that is perfectly aligned.

I think this gives your quilt border a bit of depth and sometimes that is all that is needed to make the center stand out.

A beginner quilt pattern can be stunning with the right border!

Quilting for beginners may seem like a daunting task.

Start with one of our beginner quilt patterns, select a simple border design and follow this web site to learn about more quilt instructions. Soon, and very soon, it will become easy.

Simple Borders With Less Then
Perfect Mitered Corners

When corners of a simple border ripple or don't lie flat generally the angle of the miter is not a true 45 degree.

Check your work to make sure the stitching begins at exactly the point where the two borders meet.

If the two points are separated, the mitered seam will have a gap.

If the two points overlap the miter will begin with a small pleat.

Run a pin through both seam intersections of the borders to make sure they align with the 1/4-inch seam on the quilt top.

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Some side borders are designed to be narrower than the top and bottom borders in which case the angle will not be a 45 degree;

In this case place the narrow border on top of the wide border and fold the top strip under until you align with the outer edge of the wider border;

Press the new fold and then center a piece of masking tape along the new pressed fold;

Stitch from the wrong side by machine or hand stitch from the right side using very small invisible stitches.

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Dress Up Your Quilts With Perfect Fabric Frames: Quilt Borders to Try

When it comes time to add a border to your quilt, you can go simple or plan something elaborate. That is, unless you decide to skip the border altogether. If you are sewing a quilt pattern, you may choose to sew the pattern as is or innovate on the design with your own border ideas.

For those quilting enthusiasts who also enjoy designing quilt patterns, it’s always a good idea to have some new border ideas in your arsenal of go-to techniques.

Find inspiration for your next project with these border ideas for quilt patterns that range from familiar to something a little more fancy.

Rainbow Modern Quilt - Pattern on Bluprint Photo via Bluprint member Pipers Girls

Simple stripes

Never underestimate the power of a simple, solid border. A thin teal border is paired with a wider white border to complement the clean look of the sashing in this Modern Rainbow Baby Quilt pattern, offered for FREE by Bluprint designer Pipers Girls. This type of border looks great with simple quilt blocks, but can also pair well with a complex design, since it doesn’t compete with more elaborate blocks.

Get the FREE Modern Rainbow Baby Quilt pattern.

Cornerstone Quilt - Bluprint Member Project Photo via Bluprint member Tenar


The cornerstones of the border on this Carpenter’s Square Sofa Quilt give it an extra something special, and they also echo the basic lines of the Carpenter’s Square quilt blocks. If you are designing a border for your quilt pattern, you might try to sew a simpler version of one of your quilt blocks and use it in the four corners.

Solid Squares Quilt - Project by Bluprint Member Photo via Bluprint member Katie Ringo

Solid squares

If you have a stash of Charm Squares on hand, why not use them to create a custom border for your quilt? The rainbow squares of this colorful border work so well with the diamonds in the center because they share the same fabrics. Bluprint member Katie Ringo made this Rainbow Lone Star Quilt while enrolled in Kimberly Einmo’s Magical Jelly Roll Quilts Bluprint class. She used machine quilting to complement the border and center star with straight-line quilting.

Quilt with Colorful Spools Design - Bluprint.comPhoto via Bluprint instructor Joanna Figueroa

Flying Geese

Some basic elements of quilt blocks make wonderful borders. For instance, look how perfect these Flying Geese blocks with simple square cornerstones work with Joanna Figueroa’s Spools Quilt blocks.

Learn how to make this quilt in Joanna’s Simple Fresh Quilts Bluprint class.

Colorful Spool Quilt - Bluprint  Photo via Bluprint member ellequilt

Half-square triangles

These Sewing Spools Wall Quilt blocks are sashed in plain white fabric, which helps the half-square triangles in the border really pop. The polka dot prints complement the spools of thread and sewing machine blocks. When designing a quilt with triangles in the border, consider the direction of your blocks and how they draw the eye into or away from the quilt center.

Have you heard of the Magic 8 Method for making 8 half-square triangles at once?

Brightly Colored Improve Pieced QuiltPhoto via Bluprint instructor Carol Ann Waugh

Improv piecing

Who says that borders need to be precise? If you are looking for border ideas that will help you exercise your freedom of creativity, check out this Modern Stupendous Stitching Quilt by Carol Ann Waugh, instructor of the Bluprint classes Snazzy Stitched Portraits, Stitch & Slash and Stupendous Stitching. Try this yourself by simply piecing together fabric squares or triangles at a slightly wonky angle, and trimming the border strips to your desired length and width.

Star Quilt - Pattern on Bluprint Photo via Bluprint member margarett89670

Star blocks

If you happen to have some extra quilt blocks from your project, you can use these to make a border for your quilt pattern. The star quilt blocks in the center of The Margaret Quilt by Bluprint member margarett89670 are as eye-catching as the beautiful blue blocks that make up the border.

Twisting Tulips Quilt Pattern Bluprint Photo via Bluprint member doubledee516

Awesome appliqué

Have you ever tried your hand and making medallion quilts? These quilts are defined by their borders, which often come in different widths and can be very elaborate to piece. You can find inspiration for your own quilt border ideas in medallion projects like doubledee516’s Twisting Tulips Quilt, which has floral appliqué as the outermost border.

Asymmetrical stars Quilt - Member Pattern on Bluprint Photo via Bluprint member Majo

Asymmetrical stars

Break all of the rules with an unexpected border for your next quilt. The Rising Son quilt, for example, utilizes three borders of different widths as well as some asymmetrical stars to draw the viewer’s eye between opposing corners. Notice how the dark and light contrast between the fabrics helps the stars in the outside border really pop.

Do you follow quilt patterns as written, or do you prefer to create your own adventure?

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