Zen Studio Quilt Along - Week 6- Borders
ZEN STUDIO QUILT ALONG
WEEK FIVE: QUILT TOP CONSTRUCTION
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Border 1 (Inside Border)
Before we start working on adding borders. Make sure your quilt top has been pressed nicely. Not having a nice flat quilt top will make for some wonky borders.
So now we have a nice flat quilt top. We need to measure how long the border piece will be before we add it. I use to just add a piece to the end of one side and sew it on, then cut off the excess, so I didn't have to worry about measuring. I use to wonder why I was getting these wonky wavy borders on my quilts. I was then informed by Long Arm Quilter (one that may be sponsoring this QAL) that if you don't measure the quilt top and do it the way I was doing it, it will indeed cause wonky borders.
You need to measure the length and width of quilt from the middle of the quilt top, and cut your border piece before attaching it. I've done it this way ever since and no more wavy borders. Hooray!! (side note, don't cut your top and bottom borders until you've measure the quilt top with the side pieces on)
Now, we start with the long sides of the quilt first. You may need to piece two strips together to get the correct length needed (make sure if they have a directional print, that they going the same way).
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Take your cut border piece and pin/clip the strip at each end first, then smooth it out and pin/clip in the middle. Now keeping halfing the distance between pins/clips until you feel you have enough. If you pin/clip by halfing the sections, this keeps you from having a bunch of excess on one end and helps even it out. Once you've finished pinning, attach you border and repeat for the other side (take note of the direction of the prints here as well. Make sure you press your borders before adding the top and bottom borders. You can either press them to the outside or flat, whatever your preference.
For the top and bottom borders, you're going to repeat the process. Measure the quilt top width, with your side borders on, in the middle of the quilt. Cut your pieces, pin them on, and sew them in place. Easy Peasy.
Border 2 (Outside Border)
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