I see we are finishing up the February quotation weekend. One of them, I”m realizing,has too many planned blocks to add many borders, but maybe I’ll reduce the # of blocks so I can do something more interesting in the borders. Press the seam allowances toward the borders. For multiple borders, sew strips together first and attach to quilt as one unit. These instructions for measuring and sewing straight borders to a quilt can be used to add any type of border. If your quilt colors are bland, use brighter colors in the border. I am gobsmacked! Thanks for sharing, I don’t have EQ so it is great to see it done wth all the options. But in this case I can see that it makes a lovely addition to a quilt. The last time I was debating borders for Nicole’s quilts, someone mentioned that “modern quilts” are leaning towards having no borders. I mostly add borders to my quilts. Sew each multi-border unit to the quilt in one piece, stopping 1/4" from each end and leaving the mitered ends uncut and unsewn until all borders are in place. Jane, There’s no doubt that what you did looks best. Penny in S CA. Example: Width of quilt before border = 65″; width of border(s) to be added = 6″ We did one on border and it had so many I’d thought I never see a quilt with that many borders! I’m always figuring something out wrong. Sew the border strips in place. Press to the border and measure again through the center. Continue matching and pinning the border to the entire side of the quilt, pinning at close intervals if you must ease in fullness to coax the two lengths to match. Borders are then cut to match the average length. I really love the way it looks with the 8 borders, and it doe look naked w/ o any. Border Length. Started November, 2019. I have been discussing this with someone doing a presentation at QuiltCon. Place the border along the side of the quilt, right sides together and midpoints matched. Pin the midpoint of the border to the vertical midpoint at the top of the quilt, right sides together and raw edges matched. Then I pin the ends, and add a couple of pins in between and sew it all. Place the border along the side of the quilt, right sides together and midpoints matched. Repeat to sew the remaining border to the quilt. Your quilt top is complete. I f borders are being added, sew the top and bottom borders on first, pressing seams towards the border. . I have read online that the quilt police will not come to take me away if I cut the top and bottom borders shorter, but I would love to hear what PR folks think. Let's walk through the steps. It is nice to see the different variations you have. It is a conflict personally for me, because I like modern art and modern furniture, but not most modern quilts. Pin the borders to the top and bottom edges of the quilt top, matching the center marks and ends, and easing as necessary. 1. Also, please don’t sew on a border strip and then cut it to length. Mariechen – Using Madelinetosh Longrider in Raspberry Cordial. Thee great thing about quilting is that whay ever works for you is just fine. The length of the two side borders should be exactly the same length as the quilt so far. Pin opposite side of quilt and sew both borders on to the edges of the pieced portion. Hopefully, that number is the same, but if not, take the average and cut your border to that size. When I say that a quilt has 7 or 8 borders, I hear groans. I love borders and if not lazy I add lots. Started November, 2017, Persistence is Key – 1/3 done. Repeat the process on the other edges. Please, DO NOT do that! Rattlesnake – I need this to remind me that I survived living in the wilds of Texas for 9 years. =), I am a border sort of gal. Some don’t need them, borders would feel like they were being hemmed in, or trapped. Sometimes you will find that it's best to add top and bottom borders first to avoid the need for piecing those border strips. To me, it just looks naked .. like a picture on the wall with no frame. I think your border selection is the best. Remove pins as you sew. Love your quilt with the borders. Pretty much, when I'm quilting I'll quilt this feather come back here and then continue on the quilt, so when I rearrange I can easily move and quilt on the next one. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This one has the pieced border but one of the ecru and brown borders is removed. Fold a border in half crosswise and crease. Started September 15, 2020, Avalance – About 1/3 done. Since there were so many of us that were new to it we started a sister group dedicated to going through and discussing all the PDF lessons that came with EQ7. Some how I have problems when making a bed quilt for it to be made of a dozen or so color rectangles and lots of background. Strips lose 1/4 inch for each seam it takes to stitch them together, so allow a little extra length when cutting. The good news is . Sew the border to the quilt with a 1/4 inch seam. More Tips for Adding Quilt Borders. The best set-up for quilting is putting your sewing machine at the very edge of a table so the quilt has somewhere to go as you sew it. Mark the centers of the quilt edges and the border strips. Sugarcane Cardi – Using the purple Madelinetosh Work Sock. I want to add a narrow "stop" border, and then a wider border and binding. It just makes me groan to go past five. I’m really thinking of getting one. Connect the strips with the same technique used for continuous binding strips. Any of the other combinations works well. I can see them as wall hangings but not bed quilts. I’ll have to contemplate more – and learn how to use my EQ program! I like pieced borders but if I’m making a comfort quilt and it’s off the top of my head, I don’t have time for calculations. Wollmeise – I already have it. To perfectly fit your borders, first measure the length of your quilt in the center, then on both ends. I like them, but do not have them in my house. This is the drawing for Nicole’s quilt and it has 8 borders and to my eye, that’s what fits perfectly. Sew side borders onto the quilt starting and stopping at marks. From main fabric: measure each side of quilt and add 6” for the length of each strip. It's not unusual for the four edges of an unfinished quilt top to all be slightly different lengths because the edges of quilts are often stretched out of shape a bit during construction. Pin the other width border in the same way. How to Sew the First Two Borders to the Quilt, How to Sew an Easy Log Cabin Quilt Pattern, How to Make Quilt Sashing With Cornerstones, How to Sew a Carpenter's Star Quilt Block. Pin the middle of the border to the middle of the quilt. It’s done! Wow! Press the top/bottom sets towards inner border and right/left sets towards outer border. And lately have been using a few pieced ones. I love the look of multiple borders! As you know I like it alot just as it is, i’s perfect. Seems like it would be a lot easier than getting the calculator out. She has published over 350+ articles for The Spruce Crafts. Pin one width border to a width edge of the quilt top by placing right sides together and matching raw edges. I guess “naked” is the right term.. When I say that a quilt has 7 or 8 borders, I hear groans. Did accomplish a few things, that is always good! That’s why almost all my quilts have borders! I love borders! Fold one of the borders in half crosswise to find its midpoint, using your fingers to crease it slightly at that spot. Janet is the author of the Rodale book "Classic American Quilt Collection: Stars" and has contributed to dozens of other books and patterns as both a writer and editor. If your quilt body has large-scale print, look for a smaller-scale print for the border. By sewing the long border seam from the center out, it attaches even more evenly! Get DIY project ideas and easy-to-follow crafts to help you spruce up your space. Determine which borders to sew first to make the best use of your fabric. Sew the strips together along their ends, press seam allowances open to reduce bulk, then trim the strip so that its length matches the measurement in Step 1. when you make mine…. 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. Started February, 2015, Brickless – Not much done. Cut two borders to the measurement you just took and s… Well said. Unless I’m making a quick quilt, they almost always have multiple borders. Mitered borders may look pretty scary, but really, they're pretty easy. Started October 10, 2020. How could anyone have the nerve to preach to you about ‘modern borderless quilts’? If the quilt is skewed a bit and you measure the sides of the quilt to determine border length, the quilt will be just as out of square as it was before borders were added. I’ve seen many quilters just measure the side of the quilt the border will be sewn to and cut the border to that length. I agree No borders would not work for me. Borders are usually sewn to the two longest sides of the quilt first and then to the remaining two sides with the final two extending straight across the ends of the first borders. The Spruce Crafts uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Lay the 2 remaining border strips across the center portion of the quilt. Don't just sew on a border and cut it off when you get to the end. I think the most I’ve done was 3 borders. Jan 10, 2012 - This quick tutorial explains how to create easy quilt borders with mitered corners. Piece border strips end-to-end to achieve length. The quilt that hasn't been through the machine yet will rest on your lap. On the subject of modern quilts, I see many vintage quilts made in the 30s were made without borders. The key to adding borders that help keep your quilt square is measuring correctly. Measure the quilt from side-to-side through its horizontal midpoint, including the width of the first borders. Cut border strips carefully. The problem I see with the “Modern” quilt having no borders is that many of them have very little piecing. Started December, 2019, Itatiaia Cocoon – Not much Done. The steps are: You could also opt to place a diagonal seam between pieced border strips instead of a seam that runs across each strip's width. I’ve done a couple of quilts without borders, mostly because they were utility quilts for my family to use under other quilts on beds or just to grab to toss down for sunbathing or picnics. Some quilters use 1/2 inch seams. However, once I see all of your drawings, more borders make total sense, especially when one (or more?) I also think that it has to be harder to bind a borderless quilt. I love Nicoles quilt ~so colorful & cheery especially w/ all the borders!I agree that Nicoles quilt w/o the borders is naked or even looks unfinished to me! Step 1. I do not like the one without borders. You are the Queen of Borders. Pin the borders to the sides and mark in at 1/4" from the end on all four corners. The next stage will be basting the quilt top to the wadding and backing fabric and then quilting … Started March, 2019. Press the seam allowance towards the border. Continue matching and pinning the border to the quilt just as you did side borders, working with ends first then matching and pinning the remaining length. Find the quilt's horizontal midpoint. Continue pinning the border to the quilt… Cut matching/contrasting fabrics into segments 4-1/4” by 4.” Sew 4” x 4-1/4” segments onto main fabric, right sides together, with the 4" sides attached to … Lizard Eyes – This look so interesting. Mitered Borders Require Extra Length You will need to add extra length to sew mitered borders, but the amount depends on the mitering technique you use. So what is so modern about that? Lucky Nicole! Do the same for each corner of the quilt. I don’t have an EQ and I don’t think I. Although you can have dozens of border options to think about when planning your quilt, you most likely will use one of two basic types.The easiest and most common border style is the plain border, shown in Figure 1. Sew the border to the quilt with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I would not have been able to visulize it so glad you put it out there to look at and ponder. Determine the best width for your border. Next, pin each end together. Started February 10, 2020, Match & Move – Over halfway done. To sew the borders to the quilt, pin the mid-point of one of the border pieces to the middle of one of the edges of the quilt. Press the seam allowance towards the border. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Attach a walking foot to your sewing machine. Unless I’m making a quick quilt, they almost always have multiple borders. Use pins. Why Is It Important to Carefully Measure and Sew Quilt Borders? By the end of piecing a quilt, I am tired of working on it! Finally, pin the rest of the border, making sure the fabric is spread evenly. I always do multiple borders and lately I’ve gotten into doing tons of borders after starting with a 12 inch block in the middle. All borders strips are cut to the quilt top side lengths, plus an additional 2x the border width plus 1".The 2x the border width makes sure to cover each adjoining border, and the extra 1" is added insurance. . I see many pretty quilts without borders but I’m a border type quilter. Cut two border strips that match the measurement exactly, using the width you've already determined looks best with the quilt. They do add a lot to the quilt. Cut or piece two borders that length. Stained Glass Cowl – Not much done. With out a border a pattern keeps moving and jumps right off the face of the earth. This isn’t a debate about which drawing looks best. I would like to but I don’t do much w/ color in my quilting but Nicholes quilt is inspiring me to think about adding & enjoying some color in my quilting.Thanks for sharing your wonderful work! Arkansas River Pullover – 1/3 done. Love the finished quilt! On that note and I know you’ve told us all before, but what quilt making program do you use? Miss Babs Yowza Mini Set, which I have. Nov 6, 2020 - Explore Elaine Brumbaugh's board "Quilt Border Ideas", followed by 140 people on Pinterest. Straight sewn quilt borders, also called butted borders, are quick and easy to sew—that's probably why they are the most commonly used borders for quilts. By using The Spruce Crafts, you accept our. About This Tutorial Jenny demonstrates three different ways to make a beautiful quilt by adding a border to a panel. The first drawing is what I used. Sharie. I have to say that I never would have thought to have 8 borders on a quilt. No borders looks like you couldn’t be bothered finishing it. The Piano Keys Quilt Border Pattern makes a delightful quilt border that will surround your quilt with vibrant, playful contrast. See more ideas about quilt border, quilt patterns, quilts. I learn so much. Nicole’s quilt is gorgeous! 6. It has nothing to do with first-time newbie’s just learning how to make a quilt. How to Make Multiple Mitered Borders specifically outlines how to press seams on inner and outer borders so that you can easily miter corners on nesting borders. If this were “throw size,” I would probably pick an option with fewer borders. Quilt borders are unlimited in style and adds dimension to quilt designs. All of them look nice but the finished product is awesome. Sew with the quilt border on the bottom so you can make sure quilt seams don’t get flipped in the wrong direction. LOL I know you aren’t! Pin through both layers at the match to keep fabrics from shifting. Raw edges should be aligned along the quilt's entire side. Learn how to make a fence rail border, an offset rectangle "brick" border, and a pinwheel border. Would be ble to do this in my head. I mostly have 3 plain borders on my quilts but admire your pieced ones. Measure your quilt through the middle horizontally. Next, match and pin the dots on each side of your border with the dots on the quilt corners. That is a recipe for wavy borders. Some quilters prefer to measure a quilt's length and width in multiple spots, add those lengths together, and then divide the total by the number of measurements taken to determine an average. Start with right and left pieces. I think the quilt looks more balanced when, to some degree, the same border combination used before the pieced border is also used after the pieced border. Some group members of a Yahoo quilting group I belong to bought EQ7 when it was on sale right before Christmas. Cut two borders to this length and sew them to both sides of the quilt, matching the center of the quilt top with the center of the border. This step is the second task in making a quilt. The Weekender – Not sure about yarn for this one. You are a very talented lady. Sometimes it just really makes the quilt. Pin ends and creases together before sewing, including extra pins between your crease marks. You can stitch the plain border with squared corners or with mitered corners, depending on your expertise. And, here it is without borders at all. of them are so beautifully pieced! Borders made with. Thanks. Match and pin the bottom end of the border to the bottom edge of the quilt, then match and pin the other end of the border to the quilt. A width that is a multiple of the block size is the most visually balanced. Sew both width borders to the width edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Now this is a really formal traditional kind of feather but I have a fun feather variation that's really easy to quilt and it's perfect for borders… The last time I was debating borders for Nicole’s quilts, someone mentioned that “modern quilts” are leaning towards having no borders. Cut strips 4-1/4” wide. When I am deciding border options, I also like to think how it will look in its intended location/use. Press the borders open and flat working from the front side of the quilt. By adding the border the same width on all 4 sides, it is way too long now (long enough to fold over a pillow like a bedspread). This is simply to show you what I see when adding or subtracting borders. Boulevardier – Using Baa Ram Ewe Winterburn DK. Then match up the ends and center point of your border and your top and pin in place. About as much as the bell bottom pants I see back in fashion, again. Since Nicole’s quilt is for a large bed, I think all those borders will add lots of interest to the section of the quilt that drops off the top of the bed. You need to spark the imagination with the right Border designs. Pretty sure I have yarn for this. To make sure your quilt lies flat, you must measure your border strips before sewing them on the sides of your quilt top. Superbloom Cowl – I made one of these as a Christmas gift but I’d like to make one for me. I guess I’m old school I love borders too. Judy, you are definitely fantastic with borders! Magnolia – Using Madelinetosh Farm Twist Solid in Beautiful Liar. A mitered corner is stitched at a 45-degree angle to the sides of the quilt.Figure 1: A plain border can have squared o… Size is 54x81". I have your “borders” book and have some quilts in the works that I plan on adding pieced borders to. Download a great quilt border and instructions on how to make it in this article. This how to pattern that teaches you the process of making multiple mitered borders specifically outlines how to press seams on inner and outer borders so that you can easily miter corners on nesting borders. Fold again to find the quarter marks. when making your quilts, you can use 1 or 2 or 10 borders . It is gorgeous. Micki. whatever makes you happy. My borders depend on the quilt. I love the way it turned out. When you reach the end, return to center and sew the seam in the opposite direction. Started September, 2016, Leftovers Cowl – 1/4 done. After I cut the borders, then I place a pin at the center of the border and the quilt, and pin them together. Use the same method, but measure horizontally first and start at the Short sides. In addition, it's also a good idea to change out your needle - you'll need a new sharp one since you'll be going through multiple layers! Mi Casa Wrap – Not much done. I agree that this quilt needs something around the center. Quilt top is log cabins, blocks are 9" finished, with 3/4" finished logs. Metropolis – Using Madelinetosh Chunky in Curiosity. I  just wanted you to see the difference adding or taking away a border can make in the same quilt. Your borders do add so much to the overall quilt. Measure the quilt from top to bottom through its vertical midpoint. Then sew the side borders, pressing seams towards the border. Thinking of 1 1/4" finished stop border and 3" finished border, with the usual binding-I cut 2" strips, press in half machine stitch to front, turn it and hand stitch to back. I think it is so funny that people question how you do your quilts. How to Sew the First Two Borders to the Quilt Fold one of the borders in half crosswise to find its midpoint, using your fingers to crease it slightly at that spot. Cut 2 strips the width of the quilt plus twice the border width and 2″ inches extra and 2 strips the length of the quilt plus twice the border width and 2″ inches extra. Press the seams toward the quilt top. Sew carefully–it’s easy to get off track when sewing larger quilts. This one left off a few borders and has no pieced border. Ravencliff – Test knit currently working on. Take accurate measurements. Homebody – I’ll probably use Kathmandu Aran 100 or Cascade Eco Wool. Match pins at the fourths and eighths and ease the quilt to fit borders. 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