Borders have many different functions in quilting
How to attach borders to larger quilts.
Step 1: Square up your quilt! If you have a large square ruler, this is the time to use it. Square up each corner to 90 degrees to make sure your quilt is square to start with.
Step 2: Take three measurements.
I measure through the middle and on both long sides of the quilt. Compare the measurements and if there is a large discrepancy it is an indication that something is not quite right. The measurements should be the same or very close. Use the center measurement if possible, provided you are not off by an inch, then of course there are other problems to fix.
Step 4: Pin on your border strips equally. An easy way to do this is to fold the border strips in half and half again, mark with a pin or chalk and do the same to your quilt. Then line up the border-strip on the quilt, match the registration marks, pin and sew. Repeat for the other side.
Step 5: More measuring. Do this as described in step 2 and include the first border strips in this measurement.
Step 6. Repeat step 3 and 4.
Now that border 1 is sewn to the quilt on all sides, start again with step 1 and square up the quilt.
This will prevent your corners from stretching and make your quilt nice and straight.
Quilting will be so much easier and make you or your favorite long-arm quilter happy. :)
...and the lesson is: The fast way may work for small projects such as table runners, but for larger quilts it is better and faster to play it safe.
Curvy Borders to enhance your design
Dance of the Dragonflies has flowing, curvy borders that fit the overall design.
Dimensional curves make borders interesting, easy, and fun!
Another great example of a pieced curvy border is shown on this quilt:
The borders are pieced in a wave designs to enhance the quilt and carry on the movement of the fishy blocks.
I hope you enjoyed my little border primer. If you have any questions about borders, feel free to ask or comment on the blog.
Happy Quilting.... Annette