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Borders

Borders

 

 

 

No.8 - ADDING BORDERS

To add a straight border to a block

Instructions relevant to sewing borders on a Quilt, rather than the block ilustrated below, are written inside boxes in this colour.

First carefully press the pieced top and measure down through the centre, never measure the outside edge as this never gives the same measurement as the centre.

For very large quilts it is a good idea to take two measurements at one third and two thirds down the quilt, average these two measurements and use that. Write your measurement down on a piece of paper.

 

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Measure through centre of block

Decide on the width of your border + 1/4" seam allowance i.e. for a 3" finished border cut 3 ½" (keep the size in balance with the units within the block).

I usually cut my borders from the width of my fabric and for a quilt anything over 40"/42" long would need more than one strip i.e. a quilt measuring 60" x 80" would need 8 strips for the borders (thats 2 strips per side). If you need to piece strips together for your borders sew together before cutting to length size. Remember to cut off selvage edges.
Your can sew the strips together with a straight seam but some quilters prefer to sew the seam at an angle:
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Cut the side borders to exactly the correct length.

For a quilt cut the side borders to exactly the correct length keeping the border seam in the centre (if you need to piece 3 border widths for a long measurement then you will have 2 border seams - place these equidistant to the edges).

Put a marker pin in centre of the block top and match to the centre of the cut border strip, match ends and ease the block to fit the border strip as necessary. Sew the side border in place and press the seam towards the border.

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Cut two side borders exactly to length measurement

 

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Add borders matching centres and edges

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Measure across block and side borders. Cut top and bottom borders exactly to size, attach matching centres and edges

Cut top and bottom borders to the new measurement exactly, pin matching centres and edges, sew in place. Press seam toward borders.

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Front view

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Note seams pressed towards border, for closer look click on the Image above.

 

For putting a plain border on a quilt the procedure is exactly the same as described above although you need to put the quilt on the floor to measure accurately. I always put the side borders on first then the top and bottom.

For examples of straight borders see:

Gallery 1:

Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps

Gallery 2:

Candle Wallhanging and QNM Nativity

Straight borders with corner squares

Measure block through the centres both vertically and horizontally. (On this Bears Paw block I have actually already added a straight border all round to give the impression of the pattern "floating" on the background fabric) Below pictures of the front and back of the block BEFORE adding a final border with corner squares.

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Measure down and across the block. Cut 4 borders this length by the desired width.
Cut 4 corner squares.

Cut the border strips exactly to the measurement for the 4 sides. Cut 4 corner squares using the same width measurement as the borders i.e. for 2" finished borders you would cut 2 x length x 2 ½" and 2 x width x 2 ½" - the 4 corner squares to fit these borders would be 4 of 2 ½" x 2 ½" squares.

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Matching centres and edges sew side edges into place. Press seams to border.

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Sew a corner square to each end of the remaining 2 borders

Matching centres and seams of squares to side borders pin and sew into place. Press seam of border towards the border and butt seams of squares the opposite way.

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Sew top and bottom borders on matching centres and corner squares.

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Back view

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Note border seams pressed towards border, for closer look click on the Image above.

For examples of borders + corner squares see:-

Gallery 1:

Storm at Sea and Little 9 Patch

Gallery 2:

Cotton Reels and Jan's Amish Bars

 

Happy sewing.

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