That first photo isn't cropped badly. This quilt actually has just one border. And that one border was a pretty bold color choice, given the main colors used in the blocks. The red border fabric was the only one that had started to give out, along with the gingham binding which was the back fabric brought around front. I used a red reproduction print replacement, and also re-bound the edge with a vintage woven gingham.
There are little squares of gingham woven right into the blue ground! In the close-up, you can see how the threads of blue go right into the gingham bits.