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Skip the Borders: Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts

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Aug 7, 2012


Create quilts with simple designs, strong lines, and a modern aesthetic. With this innovative collection, popular blogger and designer Julie Herman, the owner of Jaybird Quilts, inspires you to create stunning quilts--without borders!

  • Choose from 15 easy quilt patterns where design is the star and fabric is the supporting actor
  • Learn the structure of a borderless quilt; explore various bindings and their effect on the overall look
  • See what can be done when color is used in bold ways to support a borderless quilt design
Aug 7, 2012

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Skip the Borders - Julie Herman

Skip the Borders

    Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts



Mission Statement

Dedicated to providing quality products and service to inspire creativity.

Skip the Borders: Easy Patterns for Modern Quilts

© 2012 by Julie Herman


19021 120th Ave. NE, Ste. 102

Bothell, WA 98011-9511 USA

No part of this product may be reproduced in any form, unless otherwise stated, in which case reproduction is limited to the use of the purchaser. The written instructions, photographs, designs, projects, and patterns are intended for the personal, noncommercial use of the retail purchaser and are under federal copyright laws; they are not to be reproduced by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, including informational storage or retrieval systems, for commercial use. Permission is granted to photocopy patterns for the personal use of the retail purchaser. Attention teachers: Martingale encourages you to use this book for teaching, subject to the restrictions stated above.

The information in this book is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given nor results guaranteed. Since Martingale has no control over choice of materials or procedures, the company assumes no responsibility for the use of this information.

Printed in China

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data is available upon request.

ISBN: 978-1-60468-081-2


PRESIDENT & CEO: Tom Wierzbicki


DESIGN DIRECTOR: Paula Schlosser

MANAGING EDITOR: Karen Costello Soltys


COPY EDITOR: Sheila Chapman Ryan


ILLUSTRATOR: Robin Strobel

COVER & TEXT DESIGNER: Adrienne Smitke



I’ve always found dedications to be intriguing. People often say, I couldn’t have done this without you and such. I guess for me it’s more of, "I wouldn’t have done this without you."

• My Grandpop Nate: My grandfather passed away in March 2009, and that event set me on the road to where I am today. My grandfather was the type of man that if he wanted to do something, he did it. He lived to be 92 and had an amazing life full of accomplishments. After he passed, I stopped saying, one day . . . and started saying, today. I started my blog not long after.

• My brother, Brad: He’s the one person I know who never immediately responds with a no or that can’t be done. While his thoughts often run into crazy tangents, he’s the one person who has believed in every single idea I’ve ever come up with, no matter how wild.

• My dad: He’s the practical one—the one that keeps our family grounded and who doesn’t let things sit. He stays on top of things to make it all happen.

• My mom: She’s the creative one who’s always there at the 11th hour to sew on a binding, test a pattern, read my instructions, and give honest, real-time feedback.

I’m incredibly lucky to have such a supportive family and I wouldn’t have done this without you.



Why Skip the Borders?

Structure of a Borderless Quilt

Basic Quiltmaking Instructions



White Stars

Four-Patch Shift

Chubby Logs

Floating Triangles

In Formation

Dot Dot Dash

Boxed In


Square City

Stars and Stripes

Box of Chocolates

Raspberry Dessert


Rows of Bricks

Framed Coins

In Between

Checkerboard Dots


About the Author


My goal in this book is to provide inspiring patterns. With the blueprint of a borderless quilt, you can expand your skills and create beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilts.

The thought of writing a book was always a scary and foreign one for me. I love to design, but writing? Hey, English was never my best subject. When I started my blog, I used to type in all lowercase letters! Writing this book has been an amazing experience for me—it’s pushed me out of my comfort zone. I like to teach, so I drew on that to figure out the best way to put all the words together to teach through the printed page.

Believe it or not, I wrote most of this book on my iPad. I was working on my manuscript during a cross-country move to California, and I would take advantage of every opportunity to jot down a few words. In the end, I think writing the book as a stream of thoughts in small notes, rather than in the formal formatting of a large manuscript, was the reason I successfully got over my writer’s block.

My path to quilting was one of self-discovery, with a lot of initial trial and error. Despite using terrible construction techniques on my first few quilts, I fell in love with the process and never looked back. Designing a quilt, playing with fabric and color, and then sewing the fabric pieces together became my outlet and my joy. Quilting is my place, where I feel like I can be exactly who I am. I hope quilting has done or will do the same for you.

Why Skip the Borders?

I’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

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