You absolutely can add a ruffled border to your baby quilt! Measure the four edges of your quilt and cut enough 1"-wide strips to go all the way around, with a good half yard extra. Don [t be in too big a hurry to finish your quilt by slapping on borders. Notice how the pin is still in the front side of the miter, holding everything in place while you are stitching. That happens as you are assembling the quilt and attaching the borders. Written by Diane Harris on September 8, 2017.Posted in Blog, How-tos and Ideas. Work on one corner at a time. There are loads of ways. Now the fun thing about this is– your quilt label can be simple fabric with folded edges (kind of boring!) Pin in place then sew to the top and bottom edges of the panel. In other words, in the example above, you would mark the border strip 5 1/4" from each end. Repeat to sew border strip to opposite edge. Mar 2, 2015 - So how do you finish the edges of a hexagon quilt? To prep the quilt for hand sewing the back,simply press the binding out from the front side of the quilt. I sewed around the very edge of the dark border using a dark thread. Wavy borders are caused by extra fabric in the borders. For width: Keep in mind that you will lose 1/4 inch on both sides of the quilt border. Recently I had to put pleats in a quilt border to take up two inches in the middle as well as offsetting the corners and easing in a lot of fullness. I hope you found this method for attaching borders helpful. Finish attaching the binding to the quilt back. This will be the length of the strips you'll cut. Attaching borders to your quilt is an important part of finishing your quilt top. It took me a minute to get over the shock that you're attaching a border to a Cathedral Windows quilt. On the right side of the block, lay the raw edges of the flange even with the raw edge of the block with the fold of the flange facing the center of the block. I am using the Layer Cake Lemonade from Fat Quarter Shop quilt top I demo-ed in this post. Fold your quilt onto itself at the corner. Nest the seams together as in previous picture and put in lots of pins. Now that the binding is in place on the quilt back, it’s time to attach it to the front. The quilt won't lie completely flat no matter what you do. Do you need to make a quilt bigger but don't have enough blocks to increase the size, then that's another good time for a border. or it can be something fun and unexpected- like a quilt block. One of the beauties of the Cathedral Windows pattern is that when you're done, you're done--and with a finished edge. There are loads of ways. If there is more than 1/2” difference, square the top again, or look for problems in the piecing that need to be fixed before adding the border. If the border will enhance the look of the quilt by either "framing" it, or giving your eye a place to rest, then yes a border is a good thing. Make Quilt Borders. If the outer border of your quilt is a pieced border, be sure to stay-stitch using a 1/8″ seam around all of the edges of your quilt. This was so that I could hold down the fabric and keep it smooth as I was sewing. It is just so much easier to quilt a well pieced quilt and flat border!! When I want just an accent of color without adding another border, I like to add a flange to my quilt top. Today the author of that blog, Julia Wood, posted a question from one of her readers about adding border strips to a hexagon quilt. Turn the quilt over so the back side is facing up and stitch to the miter as shown. I'm going to tell you how to fix that! We're going to add strips to both sides of the quilt block first, and then add strips to the top and bottom to complete the border. First off, a ruffled border does not have to be cut on the bias. Friendly borders wave to you and having them on your quilt top is about the only time you do not want to see a friendly wave. Smooth the backing out completely so there are no wrinkles, folds, or puckers in the fabric. However, if I'm doing an "L shape" border (adding strips to top/bottom and sides) vs. a mitered border before adding a binding, I add the shortest sides first, then add the longest sides last. To make this easy from this point forward, I am going to refer to a quilt block and a border in the process, but a flange can go on a pieced top or along the binding also. If you are using a quilting ruler, you can gently pull the quilt into position so that the seams line up with the ruler marks. 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. Wavy borders may cause tucks and/or puckers when quilted. Measure the corners, squaring them up to 90 degrees and taping them in place. I place the border on my quilt top with wrong sides up and I line up the marks on the border with the diamonds making sure that the border overlaps the innermost hexagon on the seam allowance. It’s super cold here as well, but leaving for warmer climes in a couple of days. Imagine a lot of blocks at 1/2 inch too much border for each block! But remember, if it’s a bit off, hardly anyone is going to notice except you. With this method, not only will your borders fit and lie flat, it will also help square up the top if it got a little wonky when piecing the blocks. Bring the needle up inside the point as shown and do a couple of tacking stitches. I used 7/8″ in this example. Attaching the Side Strips for the Border. Attaching a border to a quilt isn't as simple as it seems. One reason extra fabric may end up in the borders is not measuring the quilt top. Attaching borders to form mitered corners is a little bit different. If you have more than one border (as on my quilt here), you will need to go through the same steps for each border you attach. If the quilt and borders are long, keep folding and marking to achieve the spacing, and enough marks for matching. Although the border seams looks flat and tidy, the raw edges of the quilt have waves of fabric, also called "fullness." I’ll let you read that query for yourself on The Hexie Blog. Sew together, beginning and ending the seam 1/4" from the quilt center's corners (be sure to backstitch at the beginning and the end). Today I'd like to share my method for adding a flange border to the outside edges of a quilt. A quilt is essentially a "sandwich" comprised of three pieces: the top, the backing and the batting in the middle, which are fused together by tying the three pieces in place, by machine quilting or by traditional hand quilting. You can see now, how you will end up with problems. I make a mark on the wrong side that is about 4" from the end and them I make marks that are 20 1/8" apart. Seam allowance pressed towards border. Lay your backing on a large, flat surface, so the printed side is face-down and the wrong side is face-up. 19 mai 2018 - Explorez le tableau « Bordure de courtepointe - Quilt border » de Courtepointe Québec, auquel 271 utilisateurs de Pinterest sont abonnés. It’s not my favorite part of the process but I’ve learned to do it so that I have good results. How to Attach Quilt Borders. But a border can also detract from the quilt if it's too big or too busy. Do this by placing a long ruler at the edge of the border or quilt top. Attach binding to front of quilt. ioleen kimmel on December 15, 2016 at 9:35 am Great post, thanks for sharing. Fold both the quilt top and the border strips in half again, marking quarter marks. Middle and quarter marks in black: Step 6 - Pin. I am pretty sure you can dig through your pile of unfinished quilts or projects and find a finished block that was never finished into a quilt. Use a ruler to mark your stitching line. Attaching Borders to Your Quilt You have worked diligently on all your blocks and are ready to add borders. Those ruffles will add a wonderful whimsical touch to the finished piece. (#3 & #4) Using my hands on both sides of the dark stripe, I slowly went all around the edge. For example, this quilt had a border with a finished size of 2.75″, so the quilt was trimmed 3″ from the seam line. Remove the quilt binding, and lay the quilt out flat on a hard surface. An easy way to keep your cutting straight is to line up one of the lines on your ruler with a sewing line, for example, where the border attaches to the main part of the quilt. Attaching the binding. Attach the quilt backing to your work surface with painter's tape. In fact most of my quilting buddies do this, but I feel the same way about binding clips as I do about pins. Sometimes a quilt will have just one border, and other times a quilt will have multiple borders of different widths. After sewing a border, have you ever noticed that the outer edges of your quilt are wavy? Sew with the quilt border on the bottom so you can make sure quilt seams don’t get flipped in the wrong direction. If you’ve squared the blocks, and put the borders on properly then the quilt should be fairly square, and the trimming techniques used in these tutorials will give you excellent results. Note: this is just the way I do it, you may have your own method of doing this. Press carefully–but don’t press so aggressively that you add a “wave” into your border. A good rule of thumb is to have marks no more than 18" apart. One of the last jobs to complete when you’re making a quilt is to add the border strips. The piece now measures 30½” x 45½” so it will be easy to add a border of 5″ (finished) squares. Once again press the seams towards the border strip. They get in my way. See this post on proper pressing here. If borders are not attached correctly, you may find the edges are wavy and do not lay flat. Finished top with flat borders! At this point, a lot of people like to turn the binding over the sides and hold it down with little clips. So how do you finish the edges of a hexagon quilt? This article will explain how to make quilt borders. In the table runner above, I wanted to add a little more red around the outside and the flange was just what I needed. Lay out your quilt top and decide what kind of border or borders you will sew onto your quilt top. Remove batting from its packaging and allow it to relax and plump up for a couple of hours. But, the slap and sew quilt is 16 3/4!! I start with the side strips. And this is just one block. Press seams toward border. The measured border quilt is 16 1/4 inches square, just as it should be (after the 1/4 inch seam). Press the seams towards the border strip. Pin a border strip to quilt center edge, matching the center marks and allowing excess border strip to extend beyond the corner edges. Each border piece is marked so that the amount you have left for the miter is not sewn to the body of the quilt. I pin well. Cut 2 border strips 2½” x 30½”. Square off the quilt. Should your border be wavy even if you do everything you can to prevent it, blocking could save the day. Doing this ensures the quilt will be square when the extra bits are removed. The Godstone Grannies hexagon quilt - attaching a border to a hexagon quilt. Two seams will nest together, the border to quilt seam and the border to border seam. I like to start with a strip of fabric that is 3/4″ to 7/8″ wide. Watch the video clip below to see these steps in action. Adding a flange is really easy. 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