Sarah Furman Warner quilt
Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Elaborate borders are a hallmark of quilts made before the
Quilt dated 1847 Mary Ann Grooms
Amish crib quilt, Illinois State Museum
The Amish working after 1880 also emphasized
Although these quilts were designed for beds,
their borders give them a neat, framed finish.
The blue "spacer" border with wider outer border has become
a standard for quiltmakers in recent decades.
Amish quilt show at the Textile Museum
Paintings by Clyfford Still
In contrast to abstract painting exhibited with no frames...
Robert Motherwell paintings at the Museum of Modern Art
...or minimal frames of strips of wood or metal.
Prism by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
Many modern quilters advocate an unframed composition.
Among them Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr
"Many designs become static when surrounded by borders."