Break the rules – skip the borders! (+ giveaway)

Detail of In Formation from Skip the BordersIs it possible to be a modern quilter and a traditional quilter at the same time? Ask designer Julie Herman. She’s the founder of the Philadelphia chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. Her modern-quilt blog, Jaybird Quilts, is followed by thousands. Her easy modern quilt patterns have been featured in nearly 20 publications, from McCall’s Quilting to Quiltmaker and Quilts and More. Yet her designs frequently rely on simple, classic quilt blocks—stars, rails, cabins, geese. Julie has one foot firmly planted in the modern-quilt community. But the other foot is clearly in traditional quilt design.

Julie started quilting in 2002, after borrowing her mom’s sewing machine. She sewed more than 200 quilts on it before buying one of her own. Along the way, she began questioning certain quiltmaking “rules”—one of them being that every quilt should be finished with a border. Julie’s philosophy? Study the rules,  then thoughtfully break them as needed. She’s deconstructed the rules for quilt borders in her new book, out this week, Skip the Borders.

Of all the rules and regs of quiltmaking to be broken, why borders? Julie explains her philosophy in this excerpt from her book.


Julie HermanI’ve always compared borders on quilts to frames on photos or paintings. But who says you have to frame everything? Sometimes artwork stands better on its own. Sometimes a frame serves only as a distraction. Think of canvas oil paintings—many start out as canvas stretched over stretcher bars, and that’s just how they remain. They never get a frame or multiple mats. And they stand strongly on their own.

Which isn’t to say frames are never necessary. They can give weight to the art and finish it. The same goes for quilts. Borders can finish a quilt and add impact. But many of us put borders on a quilt simply because we think we’re supposed to. Often we make a table runner without a border, but not a larger quilt. Why is that?

Yes, borders are an easy way to make a quilt bigger, but what if a design is better without a border or frame? What if adding a border would just be a distraction?

Raspberry Dessert quilt from Skip the Borders
You could add a border to on-point designs to “hold them in,” but it isn’t necessary, as shown here in “Raspberry Dessert.”

Borderless quilts are not new, but they have enjoyed a resurgence within the last few years. Initially I created borderless quilts out of a desire to avoid cutting and sewing borders. I quickly realized that some designs needed borders to feel complete. That idea led me on a journey of discovering how to eliminate the frame and still have a quilt design that was strong enough to stand alone.

White Stars quilt from Skip the Borders

Placing highly saturated colors in the position that’s usually considered background gives the design a new life in “White Stars.”

Skip the BordersOnce I got to thinking about all of this, I started to sketch ideas for quilts without borders. In the beginning it felt like coloring outside the lines, but I quickly realized that it was more like coloring in the lines—but just having fewer lines. Taking away the borders meant that the quilt needed to have a strong structure and be able to support itself and stand alone. Many sketches didn’t work for one reason or another—often because the design of the blocks gives the impression of a lot of movement. Think of a complex quilt made from spinning Pinwheel blocks. A quilt like that needs a border to help visually contain all that’s going on in the design.

Whether you’re already pushing the limits, or this book is your attempt at breaking out of what you know, or you haven’t made a single quilt yet, I hope you will learn something or try something new. Keep learning, keep growing, and join me on this borderless quilt journey!


Break the rules to fit your quilt—those sound like words to quilt by, Julie!

Have you broken any quiltmaking “rules”? Or do you take a more tried-and-true approach to your quilts? Tell us your quilt story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Skip the Borders eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase Julie’s book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Claudia, who said:

“Yes, I’ve skipped the borders more than once. Several of my Hoffman challenge pieces have not had a border because I wanted them to appear as a picture or photo, or a “slice” of a greater picture. I’ve long been a believer in “always” isn’t the best answer for a question. Yes, I take my own road.”

Claudia, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!

Four Patch Shift quilt from Skip the Borders

"Four Patch Shift"

Chubby Logs quilt from Skip the Borders

"Chubby Logs"

Floating Triangles quilt from Skip the Borders

"Floating Triangles"

In Formation quilt from Skip the Borders

"In Formation"

Dot Dot Dash quilt from Skip the Borders

"Dot Dot Dash"

Boxed In quilt from Skip the Borders

"Boxed In"

Square City quilt from Skip the Borders

"Square City"

Stars and Stripes quilt from Skip the Borders

"Stars and Stripes"

Box of Chocolates quilt from Skip the Borders

"Box of Chocolates"

Rows of Bricks quilt from Skip the Borders

"Rows of Bricks"

Framed Coins quilt from Skip the Borders

"Framed Coins"

In Between quilt from Skip the Borders

"In Between"

Checkerboard Dots quilt from Skip the Borders

"Checkerboard Dots"

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287 Comments

  • I break the rules by looking at a pattern and then deciding how I want to make the quilt. I use construction that gets the best results with my piecing – I stay away from flying geese units and use HSTs instead. And I agree with Julie – not every quilt needs a frame!

    Jill M in OH on August 9, 2012
  • I just finished a quilt without borders! Now I feel like such the rebel! I love Julie’s eye for pure, simple design. Love, love, love her white stars quilt! What a wonderful play on negative space!

    I break rules sometimes by making mistakes (haha!) and then just playing around and testing new techniques.

    Jean on August 9, 2012
  • I challenged myself on the quilt I just finished to not use any solid color fabric but still let the pattern shine through! I did add two borders, but they were also prints!

    Mary on Lake Pulaski on August 9, 2012
  • I just recently started quilting. I’ve finished almost 3 tops and finally started quilting one! I don’t really follow many rules. Just kind of go with the flow and figure out what works best for me.

    —Kylie on August 9, 2012
  • Hello!
    I’m a french quilter and I asked me the same question! To be a traditionnal but modern quilter in the same time!
    Many people in France have an image of old granies quilters when we talk about patchwork^^
    I LOVE what you’re doing!
    I LOVE your colours which bring so much hapiness! 🙂

    —Erica on August 9, 2012
  • As a new quilter, I’ve not "broken" the rules yet. I love the idea of no borders and the quilts you’ve done are just stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!!

    —Michelle Klingaman on August 9, 2012
  • I have a quilt finished without borders and I love it. Borders are not always necessary!

    —Carol in E TN on August 9, 2012
  • I have always used the traditional quilt methods and followed patterns. I really want to step outside my comfort zone and start thinking outside the box with my quilting. I love Julie’s designs and talents. She is a real inspiration!

    —Debra on August 9, 2012
  • I’m not so much of a rulebreaker. When i do it, it’s usually on accident or unknowingly! So excited for Julie an her new book!

    Becky on August 9, 2012
  • Yes, I definitely believe in breaking the rules. I’ve sewn garments most of my life so I’m used to looking at a pattern and thinking of adapting to fit an idea or fabric. Since quilting, I’m finding I still do the same thing. I have a strong skepticism that the traditional way is the only way. At the moment I’m looking at doing Kim Breckett’s Over and Under quilt and will be adapting the center blocks for a larger design within the fabric.

    I think Julie Herman’s work is absolutely terrific and love all the ideas she shares on her blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Ramona on August 9, 2012
  • I’m really glad to see that I am not the only one who often makes a quilt without a border – didn’t realize I was breaking any rules. Sometimes it just looks better that way, but most of my fellow guild quilters think a quilt has to have a border.
    I’d love to have this book!
    thanks!

    —Linda E in AZ on August 9, 2012
  • My one rule is hand binding to finish a quilt off. Other than that about anything goes.

    —Ann on August 9, 2012
  • I’m a beginner and just starting out, so I’m not sure of all the "rules" yet. Not afraid to break rules, though

    —Lauren aka Giddy99 on August 9, 2012
  • I love her quilt designs and like her thoughts on skipping the borders – some times less is more when making a quilt – it speaks more and you really get to appreciate the fabrics and design. Best of luck to Julie and I would LOVE to win the book!!!!!!!!

    barbara cuevas on August 9, 2012
  • What quilting rules? You mean there are quilting rule? I thought the only rule was "Anything goes". If you like how it looks the do it.
    I would love to have this book.

    —CHRISTINA MACKENZIE on August 9, 2012
  • I read lots of modern quilting blogs and they’ve just about convinced me that there are no rules! My main rule is to always make things to the best of my ability. Other than that, every "rule" is subject to interpretation!

    —Lisa Marie on August 9, 2012
  • I never knew that there were rules when quilting…that being the case…I can say yes, I constantly break the rules all the time…but then, that is what I thought the birth of creativity was all about…inspiration from a series of events or sources….gathering of supplies…ready set quilt!

    —Beulah on August 9, 2012
  • I love breaking the rules-I always have (some rules shouldn’t be broken, but not where quilting is concered!) I don’t think I’ve ever followed a pattern exactly-I always try to come up with my own twist. This book looks so fun. I’m glad I didn’t know there was a rule about quilts having borders because I frequently leave them off or do some type of a pieced border.

    —DianeY on August 9, 2012
  • I frequently make quilts without borders–loving how the pattern flows to the edges. My two family quilts, both over 100 years old, do not have borders. They are classic patterns, and still look fresh with great layouts. Everything old is new again!

    —Sally Howard on August 9, 2012
  • I only have one rule I won’t let myself break – if I don’t still love it, I won’t keep working on it. Life is short. Why spend it on quilts you’re bored of!

    Chelsea @ pinsandbobbins on August 9, 2012
  • I don’t think there are any rules. I just quilt for fun and whatever I want to make with whatever design and method i want. I really love the four patch and "raspberry" quilts.

    —Jamie Lee on August 9, 2012
  • I am a self taught quilter so I am sure I broke lot of rules at the beginning. I was piecing backs of quilts long before it became popular because I didn’t have enough material!

    —Nancy on August 9, 2012
  • I’m a newbie so I don’t try to intentionally break the rules, but I don’t know any better so sometimes I do. I think it is healthy to sample different ways so I can find my style and I can learn from my successes and my mistakes.

    —Allison C on August 9, 2012
  • I just broke the rule of borders yesterday on the pattern Twice Slice Layer Cake,No waste-Quick and Easy. I did not put borders and quilted it with the Baptist Fan groovy board. Looks great.

    —Cindy L anahan on August 9, 2012
  • I am a novice quilter, my first quilt was Radio Way (by Jaybird). I was drawn to it for its border-less modern look. As for breaking quilting rules, I’m still learning the basics, but I’m sure breaking rules will come in good time! Thanks for the chance!

    —Karen on August 9, 2012
  • LOVE this book- Love all her stuff!!

    —Vickie on August 9, 2012
  • I admit I go the tried-and-true route, but looking over these borderless quilts is something I will incorporate in the future! I love these quilts.

    CJ Hines on August 9, 2012
  • I’m learning to break rules as well especially if I screwed it up….giggle….I just do what I can to save it.

    BillieBee on August 9, 2012
  • I WANT THAT BOOK …. have been doing some sew and flip strips to the batt and backing for charity quilts, no borders, but this book is showing some great – and certainly better – ideas. Good job, Julie.

    —Sandie McFerran on August 9, 2012
  • I am not that "great" of a quilter; and usually just work things out
    as I go along. I try to "follow the rules", but I don’t always go about
    them as they are written. If I like the way it ends up, no matter how
    I got there, it stays. Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

    —Rhonda Desgranges on August 9, 2012
  • When I began quilting, I didn’t realize that there were rules, until someone told me in a class that my quilt would not look good because I didn’t have "a dark, a light, and a bright". I have continued to use fabrics that I love, mostly pastels, and I love the way they turn out. I think it is our own creativity that makes the quilt unique and beautiful, at least to ourselves. I have to admit, I have never made a quilt without borders, but there is a first time for everything!

    —Karen on August 9, 2012
  • Hurray, Hurray!!!! I am so glad to see that I don’t have to feel guilty about not putting on borders. This book could clearly be just what I need. I would love to win this book. Thanks so much for giving me a chance.
    Patricia from Ohio

    —Patricia D. Roberts on August 9, 2012
  • I love the ideas here and will definately be trying this "no border" thing out. Thanks for a chance to win 🙂 Laurie

    —Laurie on August 9, 2012
  • I love the quilts in the book! I tend to start out following a pattern and then kind of veer off course, I never know how it is going to turn out. I really enjoy the process of piecing the puzzle together and seeing what comes out of it. I have made quilts with and without borders. I just love quilts, that homey, welcoming feeling.

    —Tina on August 9, 2012
  • I seem to break the rules all the time. Whatever looks good is probably my favorite "rule." I made many quilts before I knew there were rules. In fact, was barging ahead before I even saw a pattern book. Love quilting. Hate to miss a day at my sewing machine.

    —Darla Zimmer on August 9, 2012
  • Do the quilt police arrest you for breaking the rules?

    —Anne Wawrzyniak on August 9, 2012
  • I love making quilts without borders…so I guess I’m a rule breaker 🙂
    This book would be perfect for me!

    —Melanie C on August 9, 2012
  • I have made a few quilts without borders and I agree, they can be beautiful! I have probably broken other quilting rules and didn’t even realize. I’m still learnig and experimenting. I can’t wait to see Julie’s new book. Thanks for the chance to win one.

    —Kathy Biciocchi on August 9, 2012
  • I just finished Earth2Quilters by Hoopsisters. I have also taken a class by Carol Ann Waugh and she uses a rattail finish to her art quilts. I decided to try it on my Earth and I love it! So simple. I am becoming more and more excited about art quilting and think this will be a great way to finish them!!!

    —Judy Woolsey on August 9, 2012
  • I made a jelly roll end-on-end strip quilt and came to the conclusion a border would have detracted from the overall look. I’m looking forward to trying one of the quilts from Julie Herman’s new book.
    Sandy

    —Sandra Sparks on August 9, 2012
  • I have used the backing as binding (not using a separate binding strip) on mug rugs and mini quilts…. so much easier. { The rules of old style quilting kept me away from sewing for a long time….}

    sue
    legato1958@aol.com

    —Sue on August 9, 2012
  • I’m learning to look at quilting differently and let things flow a little more instead of being so rigid. I’m learning to trust my eye more with the colors that I choose and not turn away a piece of fabric because I don’t like the color on its own.

    —Marilyn Snow on August 9, 2012
  • I really like the look of some quilts without borders. I really think that the borders are added to make a quilt bigger. Although some times the border can be the most important part of the quilt. I have started leaving off the borders on quilts that don;t really need them and don’t need to be made larger.

    —Louise on August 9, 2012
  • I love ,love the no borders look.
    Would never have thought of it on my own
    I do break rules as to size of blocks to suit me rather than the pattern directions and I use a lot of contemporary colours which often upsets the stead members of my group, but in the end they usually agree that it worked out well.
    Keep your creative juices flowing ang kepp on wowing us!!!!!

    —Marite Leverre on August 9, 2012
  • What fun is quilting if you don’t break some "rules". Besides, who set up the rules anyway? I’ve always been told "there are no quilt police" therefore there are no rules only guidelines and helpful hints. If no one ever broke the rules we would not have the beautiful, creative quilts that we have today.

    —Connie on August 9, 2012
  • I love buying quilt books and patterns as inspiration, but seldom follow all the "rules" or suggestions, making each quilt uniquely my own. My favorite "rule breaker" is to surge around a small quilt without borders and then wrap and staple it to a canvas frame. It looks like I’m painting with fabric and it is much easier to make it square and hang on the wall.

    —Sandi Makowski on August 9, 2012
  • Quilts without borders. Happy thought indeed! Must go home and try it.

    —Janice on August 9, 2012
  • Not only does the book encourage no borders on the outside of the quilt, but she uses no sashing—woohoo!!! I love the clean lines this creates and it’s more fun for me to make the block than to do the borders. I love this book!
    Carol Ann

    —Carol Ann on August 9, 2012
  • I’m not sure if this would be considered "breaking the rules" but I will often find a block in a pattern that I like and play around with it until I find a color scheme that works well for me. Then I’ll add to it from there. Once I have the blocks that I want, I’ll lay them out and if I need more, I’ll dig deeper into my stash to add different blocks or similar colorways. I guess its kind of a piece as you go method. The end result is something that was inspired by a pattern but designed entirely by me. I love the idea of a borderless quilt. I mean, it’s not as if the quilt police will come knocking at your door if you do it! 😛

    —Christinabean on August 9, 2012
  • Who breaks the ‘rules’, I do all the time. If I want to do it my way, whether borders or no borders, then by all means I will do my own thing. It’s time to do away with the ‘quilt police’ and be an individual. We are not carbon copies of other people, so why should our quilts be carbon copies? This is one book I would really, really love to win!!!!

    —Cindy R. on August 9, 2012
  • I made a double irish chain quilt about fifteen years ago with a mauve background and while I was working on it my MIL said, "you can’t use that color for the background!" I did, and it turned out great! Not my taste now, but a great quilting memory…

    —debby warthen on August 9, 2012
  • I think I break rules all the time. I never follow a pattern without changing something or everything. I love wild colours!

    —Paula on August 9, 2012
  • I couldn’t agree with Julie more. Sometimes a border completes a quilt and sometimes it detracts from the desired look. I think it is important for quilters to understand the basics of quilting, but once those lessons have been learned, they should feel free to "color outside of the lines" when desired. Be creative. Express yourself!

    —Margaret on August 9, 2012
  • I pretty much follow the pattern, although I very seldom will use the same colors.

    —LeAnne L on August 9, 2012
  • I like both traditional and modern quilts. I consider "rules" more as "guidelines" – and I adjust as necessary!

    —Gwen W on August 9, 2012
  • I have not done a quilt in a long time, but made several for my family and one for myself. I saw sad to see that one of them was not perfect after I had sewed all the pieces together, and was working on the borders. Nothing is always perfect, so I decided to leave it alone….I smile everytime I look at it. One really does learn from mistakes. I am much more vigilant.

    —Florence Otis on August 9, 2012
  • I started my quilting journey with crazy quilting, which is generally considered to have ‘no rules’ beyond those that will keep the quilt from falling apart. I’ve taken that ‘crazy’ philosophy along on my travels into more traditional quilting. I often question ‘why’ a thing is done a certain way. Sometimes I find out why…sometimes it just seems to be because someone decided it should be that way and everyone else went along with it.

    —Sandy on August 9, 2012
  • I’m a pretty traditional quilter but sometimes I try different techniques. After reading about Julie and seeing some of her quilts, I need to try not using borders on some of my quilts too.

    —lindawwww on August 9, 2012
  • I haven’t made my first quilt yet but plan to be a rule breaker once I get the hang of it. Looks like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    —Courtney Elwell on August 9, 2012
  • WOW! I’ve never thought of eliminating the borders until I saw the great quilts featured in this e-book. What a nice design change and a true time-saver. While I feel about quilts like I feel about recipes, that is, make it according to the directions the first time, and then change it to suit your needs thereafter, I find that lately I am making up my own designs/patterns due to the abundance of "vintage" fabric I have in my stash and feel the need to use. Like many quilters, I use books and patterns for inspiration and then "do my own thing." Thanks for the opportunity to win this inspirational e-book.

    —Rosemary on August 9, 2012
  • I remember using a dark color for the center and outer diamonds in a Lone Star Quilt when I was just starting out and my teacher said that wouldn’t work. When I was done, she loved it! That was my first experience of how "breaking the rules" and following my heart could lead to my favorite quilts.

    Beth Strand on August 9, 2012
  • I have been quilting since 1984 and always had a border on my quilts. Sometimes I thought about not adding a border because the quilt really didn’t need one. I guess I was afraid to step out of the box. I have a few quilts in my UFO pile. I can’t wait to check them out and see if they don’t need a border.

    —Sharon on August 9, 2012
  • WOW! These quilts without borders REALLY work for me! I’m pretty new to quilting and am currently working on my second (and third) quilts, lol. However, I would never have dreamed of making one without a border until I saw this post, but NOW, well, I can hardly wait to try it.

    Thanks for the inspiration

    Judi

    —JudeB on August 9, 2012
  • the main way I don’t follow the rules is in my binding method. I attach binding to the back of the quilt, bring it around to the front and sew it by machine using some of my fancy stitches. I use hearts for grandchildrens’ quilts and cvontrasting thread so tht the stitch pattern shows.

    —Pat Seager on August 9, 2012
  • Rules ? There are rules for quilting? OH! maybe that’s why I get in so much trouble. 🙂

    Kate Brown on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve broken many rules since I started quilting. I remember a lady informing me that to bind a quilt in the same fabric as the adjacent border was wrong and the sign of a lazy quilter(this was because I wanted to do just that). Thank goodness I didn’t listen to her because that was best for that quilt. I think many of the rules need to be examined and see if they fit your project and taste. After all the finished project is yours and should reflect you. Maybe that’s why I consider a pattern a starting point and make changes to satisfy me. Thanks for the chance on the giveaway. This looks like a wonderful book.

    Jill of Apple Avenue Quilts on August 9, 2012
  • I have always been told that there are no rules in quilt making except in cutting pieces and in haveing a scant quarter inch seam. I have seen some quilt tops that looked better before the borders were added but it never dawned on me to not have borders. I love the look of the quilts in the photos of Julie’s book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    —Pat Hinchey on August 9, 2012
  • I am a learning quilter and borders are my hardest part–this looks a lot easier and you do not have to find a frame for the quilt–please enter me in your contest for the book thank you

    —Pamela Thurston on August 9, 2012
  • I usually break the rules by trying to eliminate waste in a quilt pattern. I substitute the method with sew and flip to a no waste method. Fabric is so expensive and I love it so much, I just hate to waste it!!

    Sandy Spence on August 9, 2012
  • I love these quilts! What a great concept that she has highlighted.
    I’m pretty much one to follow the rules though I have changed the size…too larger or smaller at times and changed the layouts some.
    Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this book!

    Loris Mills on August 9, 2012
  • I love this — no frame necessary – in "Boxed In" the frames on the inside and the the colors around it……in "Stars and Stripes" the quilting stands out in the white blocks – love that combo!! my favorite part of quilting has always been the inside and now the whole quilt can be the "oreo icing"!!! Thanks for sharing this concept – I would love to win the book and try some of the "icing" quilts!!! ;>) Amy D.

    —Amy Downey on August 9, 2012
  • I am going to break the rule of using sheet for backing. Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

    —Stephanie O on August 9, 2012
  • It is more fun this way. It is like when you are a kid and they tell you have to color within the lines I always thought it was more fun to color outside the lines!!!! The same way with quilts. I like to do my own thing!!!

    Ronda on August 9, 2012
  • I have been stretching the rules for the whole time I have been quilting, but until recently I have always put borders on my quilts. I have made a few borderless quilts recently, and I love them!!

    —cheryl on August 9, 2012
  • Being a self-taught quilter, I often find I have broken rules without knowing- using outsize borders, color combinations, off-set seams, unusual materials. I’d be thrilled to win this book, and see where it takes me!

    —lindaroo on August 9, 2012
  • I like making my quilts with out borders. i did not know that had to have borders. I like to make the quilt pop on its own and i love Julie Herman. Would love the book

    —ruth on August 9, 2012
  • I recently made a black and white quilt with alot of "tangle" style quilting in it. But I felt it needed some impact rather than the standard borders, so yes, it has borders but no two are the same width.

    —Cathy Francis on August 9, 2012
  • Oh come on, Martingale, really?? "Breaking the rules"?? You’ve got to be kidding me!! Julie Herman’s quilts are lovely but anyone who has taken the time to really look at antique quilts knows that there are no rules for using borders. Early quilters often made quilts with no borders, or three borders, or four different borders, or whatever worked for them. Mitered corners, square corners, cut off corners – you’ll find them all. I highly recommend that quilters go look at some of the amazing antique quilts on display or really look at them in some of the excellent books available. I think they’d find that these so called rules are actually a modern mindset and not a tradition. The real tradition is the skillful use of color and pattern to make a quilt you can call your own.

    —Michele Nelson on August 9, 2012
  • i like the concept of "no borders". i tend to struggle more with designing the borders than with the rest of the quilt, so when i see an oportunity to leave it off, it is great. The final quilting goes much eaier as well, as I’m not trying to decidfe if I need to do something diffeent in the borders… Thanks for the opportunity

    —Bonnie L on August 9, 2012
  • When you think about it… borders have been for the most part pretty boring. It’s time to step it up a notch… or hey, like Julie says, just skip it!

    Sinta Renee on August 9, 2012
  • Lately, I feel like I change every pattern I make to add a few of my own ideas to it (adding applique to the border, etc). So, if that is considered breaking the rules, then I do it every time!

    —Darlene B on August 9, 2012
  • I am a traditional quilter who likes to put my own spin on things, but I am loving the modern quilter’s twist on the traditional patterns. This book looks great!

    —Carlie on August 9, 2012
  • Beautiful colorful quilts!!

    —Karen Imwalle on August 9, 2012
  • I just finished a small quilt that looks terrific without a border. It had languished in the WIP pile for so long because I had run out of the fabric I had intended to border it with, and I couldn’t find anything else I liked that would work. It was a good lesson in "Work with what you’ve got!" I’m planning a full-size quilt with no border as well. Love the quilts in this book!

    —Michele on August 9, 2012
  • I am ALWAYS breaking the quilting rules….I’ll start following a pattern and then go off on my own tangent…terrible habit…but way more fun! 🙂
    And life and quilting are about having FUN!

    —Monique on August 9, 2012
  • Just call me a quilting rebel! Yes, I break the rules. I’m all for common sense guidelines, but don’t tell me a quilt HAS to be made a certain way. I’ve even been know to bend the guidelines! I make it the way I LIKE it or how I think it looks BEST! MY daughter just finished a beautiful quilt top with NO borders. Don’t get me wrong, borders are great. BUT a quilt can be equally beautiful without being "fenced in".

    Kathy Biggs on August 9, 2012
  • I recently made a toddler quilt from a pattern that called for a border, and I had the border fabric carefully selected. But when it came time to put it on, I just kept feeling like, "it looks done" already, and it really didn’t need the additional size, either. I’d used this pattern several times before, with the border, but these fabrics just held their own perfectly. I really did feel like I was breaking a rule, but stopped worrying when the recipient fell in love with it immediately!

    —Eileen Kelly-Meyer on August 9, 2012
  • What a wonderful idea!!!!! Aren’t rules meant to be BROKEN!!!
    I can’t wait to try this, new BORDERLESS look…I really think it’s nice. Thanks for thinking outside the rules….

    —Shelley on August 9, 2012
  • I look at the pattern and study it for a bit then I use the pattern as a guide because I don’t want to have a quilt that looks like a zillion other quilters quilts. The quilt police haven’t arrested me yet so it must be ok to break the rules.

    —GrammaB on August 9, 2012
  • Love the book! I want to break the rules and make one soon!!

    —Lillian on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for about 25 years and have seen rules come and go. I like the changes of the last few years: everything is more free form and make what makes you happy without fear of the quilt police!
    I gave up borders a long time ago- fabric has gotten very expensive, I’d rather have more of the design. This may also be due to the quilts I’ve been making which have bigger and brighter elements (like Julie Herman’s quilts above!).
    I (like a reader noted above) sometimes put the binding on "backwards" and sew it down with some decorative stitch. This works well for baby quilts.

    I would love to win this ebook. if not, I’ll just have to buy it.

    —jeannie on August 9, 2012
  • I look at the pattern and study it for a bit then I use the pattern as a guide because I don’t want to have a quilt that looks like a zillion other quilters quilts. The quilt police haven’t arrested me yet so it must be ok to break the rules. I say go for it!!

    —GrammaB on August 9, 2012
  • Rules are meant to be broken sometimes and I will break quilting rules if I think it works for the quilt I am making. Some of my favorite quilts are quilts without borders!

    —Renee on August 9, 2012
  • the only rule i think i break is that i don’t label my quilts, although i have been rethinking that…

    craftytammie on August 9, 2012
  • I love to break rules, aren’t they meant to be broken at least once? I color outside the lines so that should tell you something. My quilts are never perfect but I say that’s the fun of finding where my mistake is made. I quilt for fun not for someone to critize.

    —Diana on August 9, 2012
  • I do tend to like borders, but being willing to explore new ideas, I have tried a floating border. I use the same fabric as the background is various sizes to allow the quilt to float. This gives me a look of border less that works with my traditional mind!

    —Judii Reiss on August 9, 2012
  • I have broken the rules a few times in my quilting "career"….no borders quite a few times and I also like to start a quilt without a pattern. I love to just play with fabric and think of it as my "paint". Thank you for the chance to win a great book!

    —Tami on August 9, 2012
  • Every time I make a quilt I feel as if I am breaking the rules, because I change things as I go along! I just love the opportunities for experimentation…

    —Laura on August 9, 2012
  • I have been following Julie’s blog for years and enjoy her blogging adventures! I am so excited for her book, I think her patterns are wonderful and unique!
    My biggest rule breaker is I don’t like straight edges…so I like not to trim my hexagons or tumbler edges…I just bind them in the shape they naturally are. I think it adds character!

    —Gidget on August 9, 2012
  • Every time I piece a back I feel like I’m breaking the rules because that used to be such a taboo!

    —mrsmoore on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve had one quilt quilted without a border and it went well, have one more that I cannot find the right border for so guess what its going to the quilter that way. Thanks.

    —Helen Bazinet on August 9, 2012
  • I break the rules all the time . . . or rather I make up my own rules. Many of my quilts do not have borders because the design simply doesn’t need one. That said, I just finished a quilt that I didn’t intend to put a border on and once the top was done I felt a border was needed to frame the interior. I do what the quilt asks for.

    Anne on August 9, 2012
  • I always break the rules!!! I’ve never stitched a quilt top by the pattern; I usually make a few smaller squares of the block pattern to use as cornerstones or make a planned pattern in scrappy fabrics. And I’ve been known to just start stitching and see what I come up with!! So many possibilities and so much fun :>

    —Pam Murphy on August 9, 2012
  • Most of the time I use borders, but I always let the quilt speak to me – sometimes it says "leave me alone!".

    —MaryBeth on August 9, 2012
  • The borderless quilts shown are fabulous. As a beginner, I think this will be the route I take. I would love to win the book so I have some instructions right in front of me. A beginner has to start somewhere! Love the website Too!

    —melodie paul on August 9, 2012
  • Rules …What rules? Being a quilter and sewing addict for many years I go with what works best for me. It’s all about being creative. Love your stuff and especially no borders. Some quilts stand alone so well.

    —Gloria P. on August 9, 2012
  • I’m a newbie to quilting, so I’m sure I’ve broken several rules without meaning to. I’m sure I’ll improvise more after I get my feet wet…but right now I’m still wading in the kiddie pool.

    —Deanna on August 9, 2012
  • I haven’t always put borders on quilts. Without a border, a quilt design can "keep on going" in your imagination rather than stopping. It really depends on what the quilt calls for. Too often there is a small pattern in the center then a bunch of plain borders when what the quilt needs is pattern to the edge!

    —Janet P. on August 9, 2012
  • I have absolutely fallen in love with the many modern quilt patterns that have emerged. This book is one I will definitely have to get. I too love both the traditional and modern as well as the many techniques there are to try!

    —Vicki H on August 9, 2012
  • I think you have to let the quilt tell you what should be done. I just finished a 30″ preemie charity quilt that looked like stair steps, a appliqed a small dog at one lower corner and a dog bone at the opposite corner. It looked like the puppy couldn’t make up its mind which set of stairs to take to the bone! I thought a border would distract from the stairs so I didn’t put one on. But at the same time, I love quilts with borders; I think it just depends on the quilt and how the quilter interprets how it should look

    —Chris on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve broken many rules and I’m very happy there isn’t any quilt police!I ‘ve used fabric other than cotton! And hand sewn when I was supposed to machine quilt. I’ve sewn pink fabric next to orange fabric and horrors, I’ve even given a quilt to a recipient one month, or year, later than they expected.

    —Betty,comment_author_email_0ce6e521831d0015e9b0d3ee82aba079=bmoubray@yahoo.com,__utma=217663060.671992225.1336500134.1338305714.1339730655.6,__utmz=217663060.1339730655.6.5.utmcsr=StitchThis!blog|utmccn=0a31b9d510-DailyEmail,Quilting|utmcmd=email on August 9, 2012
  • I start with a general pattern but change it up while im sewing!

    —Debra Lee on August 9, 2012
  • Julie’s quilts are gorgeous! I consider myself a traditional quilter but the modern bug has bitten me. I didn’t realize there were certain rules. I’ve kinda considered it "stepping out of the box". I remember when I first made a quilt that used two different fabrics for the border, I felt I had gone against the grain. I think it’s great when things are not done the same way all the time, it would be a dull and boring world if we did.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway and a chance to win a super book.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

    —usairdoll on August 9, 2012
  • Skipping borders is such a great idea for many quilts … not all, of course. I think it is not so much about following rules but more about what we are used to seeing. Often we think visually a quilt looks or "seems" to be incomplete without a border but in reality, there may be no need for one. There are a lot of rules in life that need to be followed for the well being of the individuals, communities, and the country as a whole. However in quilting, as we may have seen with art quilts especially, you can do what you want and how you want. If it works, great. If not, then you know not to do that again or try it a different way.

    —Karen L. on August 9, 2012
  • As a beginner quilter, I have to learn all the rules before I start to break them.

    —Jennie P. on August 9, 2012
  • I love breaking rules, sometimes they’re just dumb.
    I’ve quilted a quilt without basting it first. It turned out fine.
    Sure, it was a small quilt and trying it on a large one may have been a disaster, but I gave it a go and it worked.

    Now on to skipping borders! I love it.

    —LeeH on August 9, 2012
  • Sometimes the amount of fabric I have will dictate whether or not I use a border. It is freeing to not be confined to a border. Would love to look at more quilts in the book.

    —G Britten on August 9, 2012
  • Yes, indeed! I have skipped borders on some of my quilts. Like on a quilt that had 4″ blocks…it just seemed to say "I’m finished" when I was done with those busy little 4″ squares. On another that was a charm
    quilt, and yet another that seemed to be too colorful!

    —Mary Ann Thompson on August 9, 2012
  • I mostly just quilt in the ditch because I want it to be soft and cuddly.

    Wivi on August 9, 2012
  • I am so glad to see someone published a book about no borders! I hate borders! It is like, I have done all this piecing and I am still not done??!?!? Thank you, thank you, thank you Julie Herman! Several of my completed quilts have no border and, hmmm, funny, no one has complained.

    —Sheila on August 9, 2012
  • Break the rules? You bet! And this from a rule following personality! I feel there basic rules that should be followed, but for the most part, I do what’s comfortable for me, and what fits the quilt project.

    —Susan on August 9, 2012
  • There are rules? I just make what I like the look of, so far most has been fairly non-traditional, but that could be because I haven’t been doing it for long.

    Rachelle on August 9, 2012
  • I wish I had the art sense to be brave enough to get it out there and see what happens. I love the traditional quilts and strive to produce work in a manner befitting the artistry of the pattern maker. Everything has a border but the borders are getting more complicated. Guess I’ve seen too much lazy work and not enough art. So glad she has style!

    —Pat Hersl on August 9, 2012
  • I love Julie’s patterns and the book looks wonderful. I truly think that there’s always a rule that could stand to be broken. =)

    —Sandy N. on August 9, 2012
  • Hello there from sunny (for a change) England. I would love to win this book. I’m trying to find out if I can buy Julie’s ruler in England. I have a long sad story with a hexagon quilt, my first quilt, still a UFO. It deserves to be finished but I didn’t really know what I was doing and it started to fall apart before I finished stitching it together. I was heart broken lol. But I learned and am still learning and loving the journey. Kind Regards Mandy Currie.

    —Mandy Currie on August 9, 2012
  • Every now and then I will change something in a pattern but not too often.I am sure willing to make quilts without Borders especially the ones I see in Julie’s books .Great looking Quilts the book is a must have.

    —Sandy D on August 9, 2012
  • I love these quilts… this is the book that I would like to make almost every quilt. I’ve always wanted to do that with a book..Could this be the one I actually do it??

    —Joyce Ann Lippert on August 9, 2012
  • A great idea. I like the idea of not having to measure and sew borders too!

    —Patty Moffitt on August 9, 2012
  • I am a border kind of girl. I love the look of your quilts. I am going to change my way of thinking.

    —Robin Fish on August 9, 2012
  • I start out following the rules but most of the time I find myself experimenting.

    —Chris on August 9, 2012
  • I’m very new to quilting and borders still kinda intimidate me. I love the idea of not putting a border on everything! All the quilts I have from my grandma are borderless!

    —Ellen Holt on August 9, 2012
  • The first quilt of mine that I put on my longarm frame had no borders. I need to make another quilt like that because I really liked the simplicity. And I love to break the rules and make it mine!

    —Krista Y. on August 9, 2012
  • Of course I break the rules. I don’t follow patterns to a T, or rip out every flipped seam or make a sample block before cutting lots of pieces or even wash all the fabrics I use in a quilt. I usually "make do" with the fabric leftovers and scraps we have and don’t stash. Julie Herman is one of my favorite quilt designers so would love to win a copy of her book. It will be interesting to read how she skips the borders.

    —MarciaW on August 9, 2012
  • I’m not sure about breaking the rules, being pretty new to quilting (although I’ve been playing with it in my head for 5+ years), it seems like I change something every time I go to use a pattern. I’m dyslexic so I’m always looking at things a bit different to make them easier for me to understand.

    —Leesa H on August 9, 2012
  • Someone wrote: Better finished than perfect! For me that is a great rule, that I try to live up to! Other than that, I’ve mostly been quilting on my own and reading blogs, so I don’t know about other people’s quilting rules really!

    —Gunilla on August 9, 2012
  • I usually go the traditional route but after seeing the beautiful quilts in Julie’s book, I think I might like to try some of her great ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Angela on August 9, 2012
  • I had to add extra pieces to a log cabin when I put to many rows in the rest of the quilt and the log cabins wouldn’t fit the body of the quilt. Turned out great and got 3rd place at this years state fair. I have never placed in that catagory ever.

    —LeAnn on August 9, 2012
  • OMG…you mean there are rules in quilting! I make it up as I go along. Life is too short to worry about so many rules! Julie you rock!!!

    Michelle C. on August 9, 2012
  • Very clever young lady…no borders! I also love all the clever names for her quilts. I just finished a quilt for my first granddaughter…and due to its design, I wish I had not included borders. Would love to enjoy Julie’s book!

    —Jane Knoll-Tenney on August 9, 2012
  • Breaking the "rules" is what life and quilt-making is about. Some quilts need framimg with a border and others don’t…allows the sheer beauty of the fabrics to stand out. My quilt-makimg theory is…..Damn the rules…if it looks great…and I like it…go with it.

    —Janette on August 9, 2012
  • The quilting rules that I’ve broken are: to cut up some of my art quilts to glue on & use as notebook/journal covers. I even love the frayed ARtsY edges of the newly created covers! It’s all good!!

    —lindeeg on August 9, 2012
  • Just made my first quilt without a border but I need to understand more about what structure I put in the middle. This book looks ideal to help me learn more.

    —Lyn on August 9, 2012
  • One of my very first quilts was a black and bright ‘snails trail’ pattern. I was so happy tohave it done I never put a border on it. Many’s the time I considered taking off the binding and adding borders, but I kinda like it this way. Can’t believe I was ahead of the curve 30 years ago.

    —Karen on August 9, 2012
  • I’m not sure if I am breaking the rules, because I never learned them! I have only been quilting a couple of years and I have never used a pattern. I learn a block and then figure out a layout I like, or I find a fabric I love and then figure out a layout to show it off. I am largely influenced by the modern quilting movement and I really appreciate all the great designers who share so many great ideas of layouts and colors. I am also learning FMQ and again there are so many great teachers who generously share so many tutorials!

    —Fran Wiest on August 9, 2012
  • I enjoy finding a pattern or quilt and making it my own by changing block placement, size, fabric etc. I agree with borders being good for some and not necessary for others. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    —Kristin M on August 9, 2012
  • I do what ever the mood strikes. But the idea of not having to measure and sew borders sounds good.

    —Lourdes Fay on August 9, 2012
  • Agree with former comment by Chris, anyway Julie’s quilts are really beautiful and fresh, absolutely worth giving a closer look, whether you intend to follow the rules or not.

    —Inger Martinson, Italy on August 9, 2012
  • i just started quilting so haven’t broke any rules that i know of.

    barbara woods on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve left off the borders on jelly roll quilts when I couldn’t find anything to use for a border that would look right!

    —Roberta Kennedy on August 9, 2012
  • Iam more of a modern quilter. Great respect for the traditional quilts though. I like squares, rectangles, triangles, diamonds & circles. I’m an all around rule breaker, not just in quilting. 2 things that I do that breaks quilting rules: I never square my quilts and I don’t measure & cut my border strips to fit the quilt. Just cut them longer and trim them to fit after applying them.

    —Ruth on August 9, 2012
  • I have only been quilting for a little over 4 years and have made mostly traditional quilts. I haven’t made any quilts without borders, but I really like the way Julie’s quilts look. I also understand what Julie was talking about when she was explaining about how some quilts need borders, and some do not. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Julie’s book.

    —Cecilia on August 9, 2012
  • I agree, every quilt is different and will let you know if borders are needed.
    Lots of fun patterns in this book!

    —Robin M on August 9, 2012
  • Rules are made to be broken, I like putting my own spin on things, sometimes a friend of mine will tell me I did it wrong and I just say ‘Oh Well"…………..I like the quilts without borders concept and I’ve actually made a quilt without putting borders on it!!!!

    —Debbie on August 9, 2012
  • Now those quilts look fabulous without borders. I think that sometimes a quilt doesn’t need them even if it is a traditional pattern. I have probably broken some quilt rules but can’t think of any at this time.

    Carrie P. on August 9, 2012
  • I never put borders on my quillows. So many designs do not seem to "need" borders.

    —joyce mosby on August 9, 2012
  • Most often I am a tried and true gal. It seems with all the ‘lap size’ quilts i like, adding borders gets it to that larger size I need for my taller guys. However, that being said I sure love a scrappy that has no borders. It just seems to look the best to me.

    —Kathy Gaines on August 9, 2012
  • I new to this field and haven’t ventured out much but Julie is such an inspiration in that she makes you want to try new ways of doing things.
    Thanks.

    —Kathe on August 9, 2012
  • new ways to add variety and interest to our work! thanx for the opportunity to win a copy of this facinating book.

    ritainalaska on August 9, 2012
  • I like to break the rules in art quilts, with raw-edges, fusing and embellishments out of the ordinary. I’m really loving the no border modern look for my "useful" quilts too, I am looking forward to reading this book!

    Emma on August 9, 2012
  • I am not usually a "rule breaker". I almost always put borders on my quilts even if the pattern doesn’t have a border. I have always felt that it frames it and finishes it, but looking at Julie’s quilts makes me rethink that idea. I love the way she makes patterns that don’t need borders. I would love this book and will definitely change the way I look at quilts in the future.

    —Susan Griffith on August 9, 2012
  • I only follow the rules if they work for me! I’ve done some experimenting, and sometimes it was worth it, and sometimes not… I like the no-border look on some quilts, and some definitely need them… I think I would love this book, the patterns definitely suit being borderless…

    Thanks for the chance to win

    —Cathy on August 9, 2012
  • I am still pretty new to quilting so I am still trying to learn all of the rules before I start breaking them.

    —Cheryl B. on August 9, 2012
  • quilts are so pretty .. would love the book. Im a beginner quilter and any ideas I get I love… no borders looks real nice to me..

    —val on August 9, 2012
  • I’m just a beginner so I don’t have any one way yet. I like the idea of no borders and would love to win the book. Thanks!

    —Debbie H on August 9, 2012
  • So far on the quilts I have made I break the rules by machine sewing the binding. I’m too slow to hand sew it down!

    —Pam on August 9, 2012
  • I had never really thought of making a quilt without borders but I LOVE them!!! I am going to have to get this book.

    —Karen Smithson on August 9, 2012
  • Love your box of chocolates!! and many of the others too… always been the traditionalist when it came to putting on borders but this definitely has changed my thinking… your book would be wonderful to use to convince me to do one that way I think…thanks

    —Lawana Whaley on August 9, 2012
  • Rules? I didn’t know there were any! Does that mean there really are Quilt Police???
    I make what I love and teach the same way…but, shush, don’t tell anyone I sew over pins and rarely change my needles.
    Love Julie’s new book, I’ve been following her blog for a while now.

    —Linda P in IL on August 9, 2012
  • Most of my quilts have borders but a few just didn’t need them. So I let the quilt decide. 🙂

    —Sheila F. on August 9, 2012
  • I think each quilt "tells" us what it needs from beginning to end. While many are enhanced by borders, some don’t need them. We just need to "listen" to our instincts about our projects.

    Jeanne in Ohio on August 9, 2012
  • I have broken every single rule out there from my first prject on.Thank-you for the give away chance.Becky

    —becky derry on August 9, 2012
  • I will give my quilts a second look before I add borders from now on. I may find that borderless is the way to go!!

    —Judy Allen on August 9, 2012
  • This spring I made a quilt for my 14 year niece. Some of the blocks were made from a charm pack making the disappearing nine patch. The other block used in the quilt was made from a panel with 6 inch blocks and then sewing two different size strips sew around the this block using a jelly roll. I then cut the block at different angles so the block was off kilder. I did add a border just to make the quilt larger. Sometimes that is the reason for adding borders because we’ve used up the fabric in the main body of the quilt. This was a fun quilt to make as I didn’t follow any pattern and just winged it. She was thrilled.

    —Rita Scott on August 9, 2012
  • find a quilt style I like, then do it my way, sometimes borders, sometimes no borders and always changing something on a quilt pattern, sometimes by accident but still always changing. Rules are made to be broken!

    —Janet on August 9, 2012
  • I love to make "fun" quilts and often make quilts for Project Linus. I was at a quilt store and a lady stopped me to ask if I thought plaids, dots or stripes should go into the quilt she was making. I looked at the quilt,smiled and told the lady that I would put them all in the quilt. I like to mix stripes, dots, plaids and bright colors!

    —Cyndi on August 9, 2012
  • I am a new quilter so I have been tried and true. I would love to rebel though!

    —Lisa Garrett on August 9, 2012
  • I’ll tell you a secret. Lots of times when I am reading "how to quilt" instructions I find myself saying "who says" to some directions. I have a book of museum quilts and there are many without borders. I read Julie’s blog and love her style of quilting and I am glad that she is opening another door in quiltmaking. I think in the end many of us make our quilts what we want them to be, whether or not we break the rules.

    Joanna on August 9, 2012
  • When I think of rules, I giggle and paraphrase "Pirates of the Caribbean": "Stick to the code! The code? They’re not rules, more like guidelines, really!"
    I started quilting with a class and a book. Its important to learn the basics. Since then, I’m self-taught with more books and websites. I bought QuiltPro software to help me draw and design and color blocks that i find and love from other places, like magazines. I spend a lot of time thinking and planning before I actually "do". Even when I think I have a "final" design, I often change another color arrangement or add another block. I think it’s important to challenge yourself and continue to learn and grow as you go along. One reason I love a lot of samplers is because you can learn new techniques and construction orders. Sometimes you don’t feel comfortable with a new technique, or you absolutely love doing the new thing! It’s a journey!
    Thanks for a giveaway! This would be great to have and use.

    Rachell R on August 9, 2012
  • I don’t believe that there really are quiltmaking "rules" other than one shall create whatever look one wants. Maybe that’s why I don’t get what the difference between "Modern" and "Traditional" quilts is. Julie’s quiilts are lovely and I sure would love to win this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    —susan on August 9, 2012
  • I usually set out with a good plan then I let things go a bit as the chips fall you may say. I usually don’t buy enough fabric so have to change things up, I don’t always measure perfectly so have to change things up etc.
    I like rules and then again I like to go with the flow of what I have.

    —Kris on August 9, 2012
  • What a coincidence! I prefer to skip the borders. They are my favorite quilts (borderless), and I also like to make my quilts square instead of rectangular. I would LOVE this book!

    —Karen Schultz on August 9, 2012
  • I have begun quilting this year with a friend’s encouragement. The second quilt I made was an applique of the Nativity for my grandchild. I came up with the design after getting ideas from quilting books. I really enjoyed the designing and the sewing on it!

    —Paula Lynch on August 9, 2012
  • I do sometimes break the rules to get the kind of quilt I want. However, I also keep in mind that many of the quilts I saw as a child didn’t have borders and looked like someone got tired of making them so they just stopped. I could see the same pattern with and without a border, and usually the one with the border looked more complete.

    Now I love borders, because quilting is my favorite part of quiltmaking. That doesn’t stop me from making quilts without borders when that is the effect I want.

    Dora, the quilter on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve done both bordered and borderless quilts; this lovely book gives us ideas and inspiration for new projects. I would love to add it to my library.

    Marsha Bohannon on August 9, 2012
  • Being fairly new to quilting I didn’t realize there were ‘rules’ to follow (good thing or I may not have started this amazing journey). I try out different methods and then decide what works best (and easiest) for me. Love quilts with and without borders and Julie’s book looks like a great read.

    —Terry on August 9, 2012
  • My quilts usually have a lot of applique on them and seem to require a border…however I might adjust my thinking and check out the Skip the Border book.

    —Darlene on August 9, 2012
  • I am a newer quilter, so I don’t break the rules but I love the idea of not putting a border on to distract you from the design of the quilt! This looks like a really fun book! I love it! I’ve read a lot about the author on a blog and was totally impressed by her ideas! I hope her book does well and I will look for this book in my favorite quilt store! Awesome!

    —Danette R on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve been skipping borders for ages. Usually it’s because I make quilts that are the right size without them and adding them will increase the size too much. Sometimes though, I’ll adjust a pattern because I think the border will distract from the beauty of the patchwork. But I admit, sometimes, I just want to get to the next project!!

    —Kayt on August 9, 2012
  • Rules never work for every instance–so yes, I break the rules on a regular basis. When hand quilting one of my first quilts in 1980, I went to the local fabric store to buy red quilting thread for the red and white quilt. I was informed by the owner that quilts were only quilted with white thread!!! That was the beginning of my breaking the quilting rules.

    —Jennifer on August 9, 2012
  • I didn’t think there were any rules, so I couldn’t have broken any. 😛
    I love trying new techniques and have been known to "tweak" a pattern whe needed, but I generally make up my own layouts!

    —Sandy A in St. Louis on August 9, 2012
  • About 1 1/2 years ago I had some surgery on my right knee and could not operate my sewing machine for several months. During that time I hand stitched a king size quilt for our bed. It does not have a border. Later I made a quilt for a new great niece from the same pattern. It also did not have a border. Although I am more of a traditional quilter, I don’t believe that all quilts need borders. The quilts that my great-grandmother from Ireland didn’t.

    The quilts in Julie’s book are so beautiful. I would really love to have that book.

    —Jeannette Bessler on August 9, 2012
  • I break the rules all the time, especially if I can accomplish a project in a faster or easier way. I love to quilt and sew but if a project is tedious repetition, I have to find a way to shake it up!

    —Patricia Bourque on August 9, 2012
  • Unfortunately, I’m pretty much a ver-batim kinda chick. I’ll even throw my Ott Light onto a picture to make sure I’m getting the fabric closest to what is in the pic. I used to figure that it was the color that attracted me to the initial project so my thinking used to be that I wanted to duplicate it as closely as possible. But, there is hope! I just recently began two projects where I did not drag the magazine/pattern into the quilt store/my studio to ensure color matches. I am using colors that I prefer into the one project and using only what I have in my own stash for the other. I hope (and hope, and hope…) they turn out well. That’s my dilemma…I don’t want to spend all this time on a project to have my colors end up looking terrible. I’m all for the borderless approach though! Of all the quilt "chores" I do, borders are my absolute least favorite! Winning this book would give me two ways to get out of my very small box!

    —Colette DeGroot on August 9, 2012
  • When I am designing a quilt, I like to lay it out on my bed – and the quilt tells me what it needs! The only rule I have to follow if a certain amount of balance and symmetry.

    —Maeve Mitchell on August 9, 2012
  • When I first started making quilts around 2000, I didn’t know about the ‘quilt police’ and also how to mitre the corners of my binding – so I rounded off the corners instead. I still do this a lot today.

    —Joy V on August 9, 2012
  • I haven’t ever skipped the borders. I love the examples listed and will definitely try it in the future. Hope to win the book. Thanks.

    —Beth Hammergren on August 9, 2012
  • I am a very new quilter so tried and true works for me right now!

    —chris on August 9, 2012
  • I love to plan and do things different in my quilting! Congrats to Julie on her book! I would love to make some of her patterns!

    —Lee on August 9, 2012
  • Rules. Hmm. Don’t tell my kids, but I don’t follow the rules….
    I like to look at patterns for quilts and then do my own thing, change the block size. Add borders where there weren’t any, or take them away. Sometimes I get myself into a "mess" (see UFO!), but usually it works out just fine. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Sandra on August 9, 2012
  • I have done both quilts with borders and some without.

    —Joan on August 9, 2012
  • I’m so glad someone has the foresight to see a quilt without a border — borders are quite nice — but the modern quilts don’t need them — in fact they can become cumbersome — congrats on the new book — Tery !)

    —Terry on August 9, 2012
  • Yes, I’ve skipped the borders more than once. Several of my Hoffman challenge pieces have not had a border because I wanted them to appear as a picture or photo, or a "slice" of a greater picture. I’ve long been a believer in "always" isn’t the best answer for a question. Yes, I take my own road.

    —Claudia on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for nearly 2 years now & I definitely break the rules more now as my personal style of quilting has evolved. I identify more as a modern quilter but I still use tradtional ‘rules’. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this fantastic book.

    —Fran on August 9, 2012
  • I haven’t gone borderless very often. I consider the border a part of holding the top together. But I love the quilts in the book you have shown, and it’s made me think twice of maybe not using them once and a while.

    —Sarah Austin on August 9, 2012
  • I’m more of a "tried and true" kind of person, but I would be really tempted to break out of that mold if I had a copy of this book! Beautiful quilts!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Barbara McDonald on August 9, 2012
  • I like the freedom of borderless quilts. I also appreciate the classic style of adding borders. I like using both styles depending on the quilt.

    —Anna Pfeil on August 9, 2012
  • I would LOVE to break some rules 🙂

    —Gail Jantz on August 9, 2012
  • This was a great article and really made me think about sewing a quilt without borders! I really love the "Box of Chocolates" quilt in the article.

    —Donna Harry on August 9, 2012
  • I actually made my first quilts without borders because I didn’t know the rules yet. I finally noticed that quilts were usually framed and that the borders were also an easy way to enlarge a quilt. I really like the quilts in this book and find it so refreshing to see so many lovely borderless quilts! I would love to make several of the quilts in this book! I really like her style of modern. What a fantastic book.

    —Dani on August 9, 2012
  • I sometimes skip the border, or change the border to something I like better and break lots of rules in quilting. That is just how I have always been and when I’m quilting I enjoy breaking the rules. As a kid I was always in trouble because I changed the rules in everything I made. Now as an adult I know I can change the rules to suit my taste and I totally enjoy exploring my own creativity in doing just that. Hey it’s my fabric, my thread, my sewing machine and my hobby. Finally, I’m so happy just doing things my way.

    —Grace Capuano on August 9, 2012
  • My usual break-the-rule technique is to press seams open instead of to one side if it seems practical to do so.

    —Evelyn on August 9, 2012
  • I love quilting but I don’t trust myself to make my own pattern. I sew exactly what the pattern says. I love the borderless look.

    —Heather H on August 9, 2012
  • Skip borders, add more borders, skip (or add) sashing, fold over backing to make binding – rules were made for breaking. The white foreground for the White Starts is unusual and quite striking.

    —Lynne on August 9, 2012
  • I’ve spent the last year and a half making up charity quilt top kits from donated fabric, and have designed a lot of simple borderless patterns to use up all of the smaller cuts. I think they look great!

    —Sylvia Youngblut on August 9, 2012
  • While reading the post, I looked around the room and realized of the 8 quilts I could see, 4 had no borders, 1 had an unusual border, 1 had a pieced border and only 2 had traditional borders. I think I would love that book.

    —Nina Christman on August 9, 2012
  • I applaud you Julie for thinking outside the box. I have always had the desire to quilt but did not start quilting until recently. I seem to make adjustments to patterns or change the design so it is more pleasing to my eye. Quilting is an art and I have a deep appreciation for both modern and traditional quilts. Nonetheless, I need to quilt outside the box.

    —Elaine De on August 9, 2012
  • Great interview Julie. I break the rules primarily by changing the sizes of blocks and quilts in patterns to match what purpose I have for the quilt. Your patterns are great because they have several sizes representated.

    —Kathie L on August 9, 2012
  • Rules are made to be broken! I love to push the envelope and go outside the lines. I’m president of my guild this year and am trying to push others to think outside the box! Many quilts don’t need borders – it depends on what the quilt wants! My main rule is to "Be Creative and Have Fun." Don’t take yourself too seriously – life is too short!

    —Lynnita on August 9, 2012
  • Ignoratia legis non excusat.
    Ignorance of the law is apparently no excuse, but where quilting is concerned, it sure can be freeing!
    Quilting, like any art form, cannot be contained within rigid walls or borders, no pun intended. In fact, it flourishes even in the absence of traditional material, and historical pattern. Think of the quilts of Gee’s Bend. Colour and pattern, value and composition; these are elements that we quilters humbly employ, their sum greater than the parts, and we as artists are neither above rules, nor bound by them.

    Glenda Penner on August 9, 2012
  • I have to admit I am a "tried and true" quilter. I enjoy trying new techniques and all the Modern Movement designs and fabrics. It is all very exciting. Julie is a very talented young lady and I like her patterns. The book has quite a few quilts I would love to make. Breaking the rules looks really fun. Thank you for the chance!

    Elizabeth Johnson on August 9, 2012
  • I like to take a look at a pattern and then decide how to make it my own. Breaking the rules can truly be refreshing. Sometimes it starts out with a mistake, but that can turn into a great enhancement. I made a quilted jacket recently where I cut out the pattern much too large. Not a problem – I simply added a large pleat to the shoulders and front, which "framed" the art panels running down the front of the jacket. I also tapered the back yoke and sides. The finished jacket fits me perfectly and has much more detail than the original design.

    —Alice Hourihan on August 9, 2012
  • I have been known to use a pattern only as a guideline,I use hand and machine quilting on the same quilt as well as hand and machine piecing. Yay for no borders!!

    —Machelle on August 9, 2012
  • I haven’t been knowingly breaking any rules yet. I find a pattern and stick to it. I would love to try this new book to make some quilts without borders!

    —TaraA on August 10, 2012
  • I developed my love of quilting from a dear sweet friend. She says," a quilt is "art",you make what you like and appeals to you,that’s the perfect quilt."

    —Karen on August 10, 2012
  • I struggle with binding a quilt and do not bind baby quilts. I sew around the edge, leave an opening and turn them inside out. I sew a little wider seam allowance and call it good. I will be making my first modern quilt this fall and look forward to it with great anticipation. Would love to see a BOM from this talented group of designers!! (hint hint:)

    —Julie on August 10, 2012
  • I do break the rules – changing the pattern tofit what I need. I have always added borders but I’m thinking I am in for a change there also. I love your quilts without the borders!! Looking forward to making one of them.

    —Sher Blomster on August 10, 2012
  • I never realized that a quilt has to have a border was a rule, so I guess I was breaking the rules without realizing it. I try it make a quilt that looks great and sometimes borders are need and sometimes they add nothing to the design.

    —Jamie on August 10, 2012
  • I like to quilt my piece and attach it to stretcher bars for a contemporary wall hanging, skipping the binding. Some bordered, some not, depending on the size of my space.

    —Bev Crabb on August 10, 2012
  • I made a beautiful puzzle quilt for my husband. It was lots of fun, I will make one again. No borders this time.

    —Diane on August 10, 2012
  • I’m fairly new to quilting and have no quilters in my family to tell me the rules. I’ve followed a pattern for each of my quilts but they don’t all have borders. Basically, I don’t need rules, just techniques. I make quilts that look good to me.

    —MoeWest on August 10, 2012
  • I make lots of quilts for children that I donate and many of those don’t need or cannot fit borders. I like the ideas Julie has just given me.

    Diana on August 10, 2012
  • I break all the rules — but usually unintentionally! The intentional ones started with my very first quilt where I changed the size from a lap to a queen. A queen for my first quilt! I’m primarily self-taught (with a lot of help from online blogs) and I don’t find out I’ve broken ‘the rules’ until my quilting friend comes over to help me fix something and she tells me all the things I ‘should’ have done that would have prevented my problems. Every project is a learning experience. It’s a fun way to learn — projects are a bit slow but they’re mine, all mine! Thanks for the chance to win, I love, absolutely love Julie’s patterns.

    —Pamela L. on August 10, 2012
  • As a newbie quilter would love this book to broaden my knowledge!
    I to am one who likes to think outside the box, and think learning this boarderless pattern would be great to own.

    —Jennifer Darrah on August 10, 2012
  • I love Julie’s designs and sense of color. She is fresh in her choice of fabrics. All of her quilts look great, no need for borders. I use a border about half the time, so it’s not a difficult decision in most cases. Her quilts inspire me.

    —Susan Stanton on August 10, 2012
  • I have always put a border on my quilts, but I find these pictures very attractive. I have often thought about not using a border, but I guess I am a follow the rules type person. I am diffently go the try a no border quilt soon.

    —Paula Conner on August 10, 2012
  • Such a neat idea. It looks amazing and so easy to do. Hope I win the book so I can try it out.

    —Sally Potts on August 10, 2012
  • Yes, I brake the rules- not all my quilts have borders!
    Greeat book, love Dot Dot Dash and Bricks-they are on
    my to do list! Thanks.

    —JEM-fl on August 10, 2012
  • timing is everything – i JUST finished a quilt that will not have borders. i can’t tell you how many people have asked "what’s your border?" i felt very strange at first but now there’s backup for my new found thought 🙂
    thnx for the give-away

    —pam on August 10, 2012
  • I don’t put borders on small stuff like table runners, but have yet to make a huge quilt, and would consider the design before adding a border. I love the white star quilt – I see the backgrounds as Christmas prints with the white stars on top. That would be pretty!

    —Jacklynn Grimm on August 10, 2012
  • I also just finished a quilt with no borders, after much dilemma regarding whether or not to do so. Thanks for affirming that it is okay to not have a border! I have never had any formal training. I break the rules by doing what works, even if it isn’t the "right" way.

    —Judy on August 10, 2012
  • I also skip borders. I make quilts for wounded soldiers at Madigan Army Medical Center in Washington state. I use my scraps and the scraps of lots of other people. No borders lets me use up more scraps. Plus, most of the family quilts I have from 1890 to 1950 don’t have borders either. So I guess no borders is traditional in my families.

    —Mary Johnston on August 10, 2012
  • Yes I love to streach and break the rules. Especially with color. I love Julies use of color and the quilts don’t need a border. It makes them look larger like the blocks could jump off and keep replicating themselves! I would love to have her book.

    —Pam L on August 10, 2012
  • I’m fairly new to quilting and rely heavily on suggestions from my seasoned quilters/bloggers but I’m learning that not every pattern needs to be followed EXACTLY to the "T". You make a quilt your own by picking your favorite fabrics, colors and even when to modify something like borders. It then becomes your own instead of something uniform and "patterned".

    —Michelle H. on August 10, 2012
  • I am just now finishing my first quilt without borders. Usually, I follow directions on patterns, because I have no artistic sense.
    Of course, by picking my own fabrics and quilting designs, I am going beyond what the designer has produced. And actually, this current quilt is shown without borders, so I am not breaking new ground. Julie makes such intriguing quilts. I would love to have this new book of hers.

    —Leslie S. in MN on August 10, 2012
  • Love the examples, and would love to try this myself. So I would love to receive this new book. I am fairly new to this craft.

    Gwen on August 10, 2012
  • I made 2 quilts for my grandson, both without borders. I pieced the top, skipped the batting, backed them with fleece using the pillow case method (put the right sides together, sew around 3 sides, flip it right side out and sew the last side by machine stitching a decorate machine stay stitching edge),and tied them. Quick, easy, light enough for summer weather, durable, soft, and easy to wash.

    —GrannyH on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve made both but seem to lean towards borders because they are "expected". I like the examples you have shared. Thanks

    —Margie Akers on August 10, 2012
  • Just a beginner quilter and open to all ideas…I love the simplicity and beauty of these quilts…as for winning a book; would be great sp I can start a library of techniques and ideas to draw from

    eileen on August 10, 2012
  • I’m sure that I have broken one or more rules- intentionally and not so.

    —Tamie on August 10, 2012
  • I’m a habitual rule breaker. I tend to use the S&M approach to quilt making…when a pieced block is not behaving, I manhandle the piece into submission!

    The first time I broke the rules was after making a lone star. It looked fine on the front, but on the back all the points in the center were not laying properly flat. In fact, it felt as hard as a pea!

    Start over? Never! I used my trusty scissors to cut away all the excess seams in the center to within three strands from the sewing lines. I carefully pressed flat, and for added insurance, fused a small circle over that center area on the back with Steam-a-Seam 2.

    No one could tell the difference, except for me, and now, a whole lot of you!

    —Crazy Cuban on August 10, 2012
  • Maybe I’m just too timid; I’d like to break the rules, but have not had the courage to do so. Maybe this book will give me the push I need to at least bend them a little. Love the examples given.

    —Elizabeth P. on August 10, 2012
  • I’ve been quilting for a few years and was schooled by traditional quilters. I totally appreciate all the knowledge they bestowed upon me and felt like I was misbehaving when I deviated from the norm. But I’m over it!
    I’m a rule breaker and its been 22 months since my last traditional quilt. Modern Quilts rock!

    —Joan Rodriguez on August 10, 2012
  • Thanks for this great idea,I would never have thought of it.This solved my problem in one stroke of your pen!I’ve made a quilt from the blocks related to the books of Geaverini and had a problem wether I should give it a border and what color it should be,for it is a very one colorfull.Now I can finisit,many thanks<3

    —Nora Vermeer on August 10, 2012
  • I made a Mardi Gras wallhanging as one of my first quilts and I did not put a broder on it. It looks great without the border. I used one of the colorful fabrics in the wallhanging as the border fabric. It looks great in my sewing room hung up. No one knows that there was a border on the original pattern.

    —beth daniels on August 10, 2012
  • Most of my quilting friends attach their bindings by sewing the folded binding to the front of the quilt. Then hand sewing it to the back. This caused my carpel tunnel to act up so I sew the binding to the back and bring it to the front. I then use my sewing machine to topstitch the binding on the front. The stitching on the back looks like part of the quilting with the front very nicely attached.

    —Nancy Myers on August 10, 2012
  • My favorite quilt is grandmothers flower garden. They were almost always sewn by hand, and hand quilted. Even with the new paper pieces today, I have sort of broken the rules. I do not do the traditional English paper piecing. I have a short cut ,still hand sewn, and it turns out the same. Right now I am working on actual 20’s and 30’s fabric blocks that my former mother-in-law gave me before she passed away. Some day when I get it finished, it will be very special. Thanks, PattyB

    Patty B. on August 10, 2012
  • I have always been a no rules kinda girl, so borders, no borders? The quilt will stand on it’s own merit. Do I need a border? Hmm, center medallion?, need an break for the eye?, Too much together, shoulda sashed it? the Quilt will tell you. I find that your average quilter just LOVES to piece. Let someone else worry about the ripply borders, puckered blocks and the myriad of other problems that long armers have to deal with every day.

    —Marie-Anne Munger on August 10, 2012
  • Love these quilts! Yes, I have made borderless quilt tops—I’m on my third for a low-income housing project in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Mine do not tend to have the "intended to be borderless" look of these…Would love to try some of these patterns to get a quilt that looks as if it were planned to be borderless.

    Linda Carlson on August 10, 2012
  • I guess I was unaware of the "every quilt has to have a boarder" rule. I’ve made many many quilts and only put a boarder on a handful. I think oftentimes boarder spoil the quilt.

    —Ginger on August 10, 2012
  • I made a tree wall quilt without a border. So very freeing!

    —Tricia on August 10, 2012
  • I’m mostly a dressmaker that knows how to follow a pattern, but often can see a "better" way. I certainly don’t follow the pattern ever! There is always something I want to change to suit me. With quilts, I am a quilt-in-a-day fan. I’m in a hurry. If things don’t look right, I guess I would find out what the rule is, because I don’t the rules.

    I really love those borderless quilts! Especially the Raspberry dessert! I think it looks great without the border! It gives me more to think about while I explore the design.

    I don’t collect a lot of quilting books, but this one I would like to have! Thank you for the opportunity to win it!

    —Sheri on August 10, 2012
  • I have made quilts that I didn’t border, but rolled to the back and hemmed. Not sure if that constitutes no border, but some quilts don’t "call" for a an actual border. Love your quilts and would like to try it. Would love to win your book.

    —Gina on August 11, 2012
  • I should be thinking about quilts with no borders. I’m afraid I have to limit my quilting to smaller or easy projects because I bore so easily. Quilt finishing has always been a chore for me. This is just what I need!

    patricia on August 11, 2012
  • I’ve been sewing for a few years now, but have only begun to add quilts to my sewing. I don’t think I ever realized borders on quilts was the norm. My first two quilts do not have borders. One was created from a tutorial by a modern quilter, and one was my own design. Both designs obviously stand stronger on their own, and I’m glad I "skipped" the borders.

    —Kate F. on August 11, 2012
  • All of Julie’s quilts do look fresh without the borders. I think the lesson here is that we all have to think about the idea of each part of a quilt as a unique element and decide if the quilt really "needs" that element (and just how much of it) if we want to add something different to our projects.

    Vivian on August 11, 2012
  • Not using borders is one of the "rules" that I have broken. I have also been a maverick in my color combinations. But then again, scrap quilts to me mean using everything.

    —Nancy (Cat Lady) on August 11, 2012
  • I never, ever follow a pattern exactly. It always seems there is something I want to do differently. And I seldom use the standard size binding. I skip the borders and cut my binding fabric 3 1/2 inches before folding and attaching.

    Linda at Roscoe's Ma on August 11, 2012
  • Breaking the rules? Well, when I first started quilting, you HAD to use only high quality cotton fabrics, cotton batting, cotton thread, everything cotton. The quilt I just finished certainly does not conform to that silly notion – the only thing that is cotton is the bobbin thread that I used for my free-motion quilting! It has upholstery/tapestry fabrics, taffeta, and a fleece backed satin as the backing, with a polyfil batting. I used rayons and metellics in the quilting, and it turned out just awesome 🙂 Who says you gotta use cotton?!

    Looks like a great book – thanks for sharing!

    —Carol J on August 11, 2012
  • This book is a must read! And, I thought a quilt must have borders. Now to look at a pattern and consider – does it need a border? Thanks for this review.

    Elma on August 11, 2012
  • I’m new enough to quiltmaking that I haven’t even learned all the rules so I can break them. Sounds like a great idea though, and I really like the author’s quilts…without borders. They are beautiful.

    Peggy H. on August 11, 2012
  • I just quilt as I want and use colours and designs that I like. The only rule I probably follow is to use a quarter inch seam. Julie’s new book loks fantastic.

    —Deb on August 11, 2012
  • How do I break the rules… let me count the ways 😉 I’ve never followed a pattern faithfully, and add my own touches, sometimes out of creativity, sometimes out of necessity. I mix colours in odd ways, never paying attention to Colour guides or Colour wheels. it works, most times. I iron my seams open sometimes, other times not. i’ve given up trying to figure out the rules, and quilt in a way that makes me happy. thinking outside the box makes me happy 😉

    Kemsha on August 11, 2012
  • So far, I am a tried-and-true. But every now and then I break out of the traditional and see how I could do it differently. Now to just get beyond the seeing, and into the doing!

    Julie Herman has such a cute personality and is so very talented! I’ve used her tutorials on various occassions, and pointed my sister to her site from time to tme, too. Go, Julie, GO!

    —Julie T. on August 11, 2012
  • I didn’t know there were rules! I avoid the Quilt Police and just do what appeals to me, friends and family. In the "old days" people used every scrap of fabric and thread they could find so if someone says you can’t add that I just laugh and say really, live a little. Have some fun.

    —Chris on August 11, 2012
  • I change up fabrics, I change up blocks . . I don’t always use borders. I do what I like to make a quilt unique. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I totally like this book!

    —Paula Coleman on August 12, 2012
  • I break the rules all of the time. I just started quilting a couple of years ago and I’m not the best at reading directions so I tend to look at the patterns and then decide how to do things on my own or I just simply make up my own patterns. I like creating my own projects. I love to think out of the box so to speak and think of each quilt as my piece of art work so anything goes! As I am sewing I keep changing and creating the way I make it, and I love learning new things as I go along. The tutorials and blogs that are out there supply a wealth of info that adds to my knowledge and creativity and I love it! My sister & I chat on the phone each Friday night for about 3-4 hours to share ideas and stories about what we were working on for the week. I love quilting and breaking the rules is the name of the game for me!

    —therealfrannie on August 12, 2012
  • Rules really there are rules. I am a rebel i refuse to follow any rules. I look at patterns then mix and mash them together to make what i envision. Gee next you will be telling me there are quilt police. LOL I love a challenge i will try anything once. But rules were meant to be bent and broken and for me that were the fun is. Happy quilting to all

    —Sharon Meyer on August 12, 2012
  • Sometimes I break the rules and sometimes it’s very subtle. I have a small Amish inspired quilt that I made almost 20 years ago. some of the blocks used a marbled fabric in them. Not noticable until you look really close. I am trying to be more spontaneous in my quilting – it’s hard. I worked with numbers for over 36 years. That precision is a hard habit to break.

    —Paule-Marie on August 12, 2012
  • In everyday life, I tend to follow the rules but in quilting, I’m always looking for the easy way to do things so breaking the rules is second nature to me!

    —Diane on August 12, 2012
  • I suppose the rule I break most often is, "Don’t start something new until you finish what you’re working on." I am currently trying to find a balance–completing half-done projects while mapping out new ones.

    Thanks for showing so many examples of the quilts in Julie’s book. I hadn’t realized how many of them I liked! Now it is on my list.

    —Beth T. on August 13, 2012
  • Love Julie’s patterns. And yes I too am a rebel. I like to look and then do it my way.

    —Kalynn on August 13, 2012
  • I have only added borders the last few years after joining a guild. Most of the time I use borders to add size when I don’t have enough fabric to finish the center portion of the quilt. I have seen some wonderful border ideas which I believe could make a quilt done in just rows in either direction. Sew Peacefully

    —Deb Mack on August 14, 2012
  • I break all the rules. Iron this way…no. Make borders that way…no; I lay it out on the floor and cut! FMQ from the center out… no, top to bottom, left to right usually…or I get lost in the flow.
    so..I truly do not know why there are rules and the biggest one… templates. I would have never started to quilt…. it would take forever.
    I think this book has to be mine. I see many Christmas gifts already.

    Shellie L on August 14, 2012
  • I’m pretty much self taught, so I am sure I’ve broken lots of rules! I would love to win this book…the quilts are so beautiful!!!

    —Marie P on August 14, 2012
  • Rules were made to be broken. I’ve yet to see the quilt police at my door!

    —Luanne Corts on August 15, 2012
  • I was a confirmed conformist when it came to quilting. My blocks had to be perfectly squared up, my 1/4 inch an exacting measure. Then I discovered crazy quilting. It was an intoxicating digression from the rule. I became an addict to the technique. Regrettably, I have recently noticed some "rules" being introduced into crazy quilting; I intent on ignoring them!

    —MaryRose on August 15, 2012
  • I’m not fully a rule follower, I loved to make some wonky blocks on purpose. However, I still tend to think of a border as a "frame" for the internal design. At heart, I’m a traditional-style quilter (and used to work in a frame shop; yes, the wood/for pictures kind of frame), so I still put on borders. However, I’m trying some more modern styles of quilts, and I really love how the border-less quilts look.

    —Sharon A on August 15, 2012

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