Add a pin to each end to hold the ends together, too. Choose a stencil that is the same width as the border or sashing of your quilt. To find the size you need to cut for the borders: 1. :D. Best of all? Oh that's a great idea. Remember, the blocks are the star of the quilt, not the border. Ensure the square ruler is directly on top for a clear view of the corner. And, here it is without borders at all. Pin the Borders in Place. Your entire quilt top is usually bordered, but you can also have borders surrounding your quilt blocks or as part of the quilt block design. When quilt borders are measured and sewn accurately they offer a way to square up a quilt top that's a little skewed. To quilt the corners, you will need to angle or reverse the motif to make it fit. Borders are good for quilts that need a frame to stop the overall pattern. Fold the border and mark the middle. Free-motion fillers can be quilted on a large or small scale and can easily be adapted to quilt the borders of your quilt. The extra length at each end of the strips makes it easy to just sew the borders in place without regard to their correct placement. Anywhere. Once the blocks have been sewn together, the quilt top is almost finished. Lines of quilting that begin at the very edge of the quilt, like the square diagonal set with no borders above, should start and stop several stitches past the outside edges of the quilt top. By choosing an outer border that is the same color or similar value as the blocks, the result will be harmonious. 4. Other allover designs that work well on borders include stippling and other continuous line designs that can be scattered across the quilt. You need to add your 1/4-inch seam allowances to each side of this measurement, because this figure is the finished measurement. Calculating border size is really pretty simple. To decide how wide to make a border, begin with your finished block size. Lay quilt top on a large surface or on the floor and measure your quilt in three places through the center of your top, average these numbers and cut the borders this length. In this case, it was part of the pattern we used, so we liked the design from the start. Figure 4: Making sure your measurements measure up. 3Sew the side border strips to the quilt top and press the seam allowances toward the border strips. Now you have a finished measurement of 10 inches wide by 20+3+20= 43 inches long. Look for stencils like the one above, that include a corner motif. You certainly have not yet stitched the borders in place, so the borders are not finished, right? I’ll show it to you all when it is done, but is a joy to quilt!! Adding a border to a quilt block is a great way to add a little variety to your quilt tops. 4Cut or piece four corner squares to the same dimension as the width of your borders. Cutting long quilt borders that are perfectly straight can be difficult. Middle and quarter marks in black: Step 6 - Pin. After you mark the centers, you’re ready to stitch. It's also a great way to increase the size of a quilt block to turn it into a placement, tote bag, or pillow. If the quilt and borders are long, keep folding and marking to achieve the spacing, and enough marks for matching. 2For the sides, cut two border strips the same length as the quilt top. A guaranteed way to get your quilt to lie or hang straight - the correct way to add borders We have plenty of quilt border ideas and simple quilt borders. Pin the paper to your quilt and stitch on top of the lines. If the design doesn’t easily fit the length of your sashing or border, you can slide it along as you trace the motif to either lengthen or shorten the design. Border", followed by 344 people on Pinterest. Here’s a nice simple method for cutting your borders while squaring up the quilt top at the same time, making those uneven measurements jive once again! We sometimes forget about that when sewing mitered borders. For the top and bottom, cut two bor- der strips the width of the quilt top. Assuming that the width of the quilt is 22 inches, and your side borders are 10 inches wide, your unfinished measurement will be 10 inches + 10 inches + 22 inches. Borders. In the mini quilt above, irregular straight lines were quilted over the entire surface of the quilt, starting with the borders. Read this post for even more tips, including ideas for adjusting pieced borders. In the quilt I used, borders #1, 2 and 3, which were used before the pieced border (#4) were repeated after the pieced border as borders #4, 5 and 7. See more ideas about quilt border, quilt patterns, quilting techniques. I use the bar on my long-arm but you can use any straight horizontal surface. Quilting is a craft that has been popular for years. Align the edges next to the ruler with those of the quilt. Quilting free-motion loops on Baby Bricks via ChristaQuilts.com. If you choose a border as complicated as your block design, that complex border could detract from your design by making it impossible to tell where the block ends and the border begins. Treat the border as part of the whole design. You can stitch the plain border with squared corners or with mitered corners, depending on your expertise. Watch more How to Quilt videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/507522-How-to-Attach-Quilt-Borders-QuiltingUnable to read transcription file Stitch each side border to the quilt top. Learn new craft techniques and tips from the experts. A border is a strip (or strips) of fabric that frame the edges of the quilt. The quilt I just loaded is perfect, with outstandingly perfectly applied borders and is flat as the proverbial pancake. No Borders . 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