I really hate sewing borders onto a quilt. In order from least favourite to favourite steps in making a quilt, adding the borders ranks just above basting in my book, and basting is right at the bottom of the list. I really need to learn to do it less grudgingly. If I could manage that it might not take me 3 days to attach very simple borders to a relatively small quilt!
If I hate putting them on so much why do I bother adding them? A lot of modern quilt skip the borders. Sparkling strings was perfectly happy without any borders.
Some quilts, however, need a little something more. I just finished the top for the non-string version of Sparkling Strings. Without the strings there was a lot less going on in this quilt and it seemed a little flat and bland. Fun quilting in all the white space will help but…
Same layout as Sparkling Strings, but it needed a frame.
I will be quilting this sometime before I release the pattern, which I hope will happen in June after my pattern tester has made her version, but right now I need a change. I’m going to get Seeing Stars out of its bin and see about machine quilting it. It’s been waiting a year. Maybe it’s time!