# Your question: How many borders do you need for a quilt?

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## How many borders should a quilt have?

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Borders should be in proportion to the size of the finished quilt. As a general rule of thumb, a small wall hanging should have a border of less than 6″ while a king-size quilt can handle a 12″ to 14″ border. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design.

## How do you calculate borders?

Divide the perimeter inches by the usable inches in your border fabric. This will equal how many strips you need for your border. 4. Now multiply this number by how wide you want your border.

## Do all quilts need a border?

It’s important to have borders that help keep your quilt square – otherwise your pieced top will be more difficult to ‘quilt’ and it will not lie flat – instead it will have little ripples in the edges of the quilt.

## How wide should my border be?

The block size is 9-inches, and a good rule of thumb for borders is to use a fraction of the block size – 1/4 or 1/3 – as the border size. The outer black border is 1/3 of the block, or 3 inches wide.

## Which borders go on a quilt first?

Borders are usually sewn to the two longest sides of the quilt first and then to the remaining two sides with the final two extending straight across the ends of the first borders.

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## How do you measure a quilt border?

The ratio, in its simplest form, is 1.6 to 1. So if you are doing 3 quilt borders, each border should be 1.6 times larger than the previous one. For instance, if you want to add 3 borders totalling 8″ per side, the first border would be 1.5 inches.

## Do modern quilts have borders?

An aspect of modern quilting that isn’t listed, but definitely fits the aesthetic is the reinterpretation of traditional quilt blocks. … Most modern quilts eschew any type of sashing, but I love how this quilt’s border recreates the sashing effect.