It is just so much easier to quilt a well pieced quilt and flat border!! There are loads of ways. Attaching a border to a quilt isn't as simple as it seems. Sew with the quilt border on the bottom so you can make sure quilt seams don’t get flipped in the wrong direction. 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. Press seams toward border. The Godstone Grannies hexagon quilt - attaching a border to a hexagon quilt. Note: this is just the way I do it, you may have your own method of doing this. But a border can also detract from the quilt if it's too big or too busy. Measure the corners, squaring them up to 90 degrees and taping them in place. Although the border seams looks flat and tidy, the raw edges of the quilt have waves of fabric, also called "fullness." Wavy borders may cause tucks and/or puckers when quilted. It took me a minute to get over the shock that you're attaching a border to a Cathedral Windows quilt. Fold your quilt onto itself at the corner. You can see now, how you will end up with problems. 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 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. This was so that I could hold down the fabric and keep it smooth as I was sewing. They get in my way. Today the author of that blog, Julia Wood, posted a question from one of her readers about adding border strips to a hexagon quilt. Lay your backing on a large, flat surface, so the printed side is face-down and the wrong side is face-up. Press the seams towards the border strip. Bring the needle up inside the point as shown and do a couple of tacking stitches. Once again press the seams towards the border strip. In the table runner above, I wanted to add a little more red around the outside and the flange was just what I needed. Today I'd like to share my method for adding a flange border to the outside edges of a quilt. I'm going to tell you how to fix that! Watch the video clip below to see these steps in action. Written by Diane Harris on September 8, 2017.Posted in Blog, How-tos and Ideas. Doing this ensures the quilt will be square when the extra bits are removed. or it can be something fun and unexpected- like a quilt block. After sewing a border, have you ever noticed that the outer edges of your quilt are wavy? Attaching the binding. For example, this quilt had a border with a finished size of 2.75″, so the quilt was trimmed 3″ from the seam line. Finished top with flat borders! 19 mai 2018 - Explorez le tableau « Bordure de courtepointe - Quilt border » de Courtepointe Québec, auquel 271 utilisateurs de Pinterest sont abonnés. But, the slap and sew quilt is 16 3/4!! If the quilt and borders are long, keep folding and marking to achieve the spacing, and enough marks for matching. Pin a border strip to quilt center edge, matching the center marks and allowing excess border strip to extend beyond the corner edges. Wavy borders are caused by extra fabric in the borders. I’ll let you read that query for yourself on The Hexie Blog. Attach binding to front of quilt. Re: Attaching a border I would think it personal preference as to how you want your quilt to look. First off, a ruffled border does not have to be cut on the bias. There are a few things to keep in mind when you plan your border; you’ll need to consider how you’ll finish the ruffled edge and when to add the border for best results. The measured border quilt is 16 1/4 inches square, just as it should be (after the 1/4 inch seam). How to Attach Quilt Borders. When I want just an accent of color without adding another border, I like to add a flange to my quilt top. Imagine a lot of blocks at 1/2 inch too much border for each block! 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. Finish attaching the binding to the quilt back. This article will explain how to make quilt borders. Don [t be in too big a hurry to finish your quilt by slapping on borders. Do this by placing a long ruler at the edge of the border or quilt top. The quilt won't lie completely flat no matter what you do. It’s super cold here as well, but leaving for warmer climes in a couple of days. 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. Turn the quilt over so the back side is facing up and stitch to the miter as shown. 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. Attaching Borders to Your Quilt You have worked diligently on all your blocks and are ready to add borders. Smooth the backing out completely so there are no wrinkles, folds, or puckers in the fabric. 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. I like this method because you can watch where you are stitching and it leaves the quilt front looking tidy and neat. Middle and quarter marks in black: Step 6 - Pin. I used 7/8″ in this example. Square off the quilt. Should your border be wavy even if you do everything you can to prevent it, blocking could save the day. Attaching borders to your quilt is an important part of finishing your quilt top. And this is just one block. 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). I like to start with a strip of fabric that is 3/4″ to 7/8″ wide. It is very important to not have friendly borders. Mar 2, 2015 - So how do you finish the edges of a hexagon quilt? Repeat to sew border strip to opposite edge. You begin by sewing all four borders on the quilt. 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. 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. There are loads of ways. Notice how the pin is still in the front side of the miter, holding everything in place while you are stitching. I start with the side strips. 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. But remember, if it’s a bit off, hardly anyone is going to notice except you. 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. For width: Keep in mind that you will lose 1/4 inch on both sides of the quilt border. One reason extra fabric may end up in the borders is not measuring the quilt top. You absolutely can add a ruffled border to your baby quilt! 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. (#3 & #4) Using my hands on both sides of the dark stripe, I slowly went all around the edge. 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. So how do you finish the edges of a hexagon quilt? 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. In other words, in the example above, you would mark the border strip 5 1/4" from each end. Voir plus d'idées sur … Remove the quilt binding, and lay the quilt out flat on a hard surface. 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. Pin in place then sew to the top and bottom edges of the panel. Press carefully–but don’t press so aggressively that you add a “wave” into your border. (#6) There was no need to push and pull on the quilt. One of the beauties of the Cathedral Windows pattern is that when you're done, you're done--and with a finished edge. At this point, a lot of people like to turn the binding over the sides and hold it down with little clips. Now the fun thing about this is– your quilt label can be simple fabric with folded edges (kind of boring!) To prep the quilt for hand sewing the back,simply press the binding out from the front side of the quilt. Attaching borders to form mitered corners is a little bit different. Make Quilt Borders. In fact most of my quilting buddies do this, but I feel the same way about binding clips as I do about pins. Attach the quilt backing to your work surface with painter's tape. I pin well. 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. I hope you found this method for attaching borders helpful. The piece now measures 30½” x 45½” so it will be easy to add a border of 5″ (finished) squares. Work on one corner at a time. 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. I am using the Layer Cake Lemonade from Fat Quarter Shop quilt top I demo-ed in this post. One of the last jobs to complete when you’re making a quilt is to add the border strips. Adding a flange is really easy. Cut 2 border strips 2½” x 30½”. Nest the seams together as in previous picture and put in lots of pins. 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. 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. Attaching the Side Strips for the Border. A good rule of thumb is to have marks no more than 18" apart. Now that the binding is in place on the quilt back, it’s time to attach it to the front. Use a ruler to mark your stitching line. 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. This will be the length of the strips you'll cut. Tape the rest of the border down until the quilt lies flat. Lay out your quilt top and decide what kind of border or borders you will sew onto your quilt top. See this post on proper pressing here. Seam allowance pressed towards border. Remove batting from its packaging and allow it to relax and plump up for a couple of hours. If borders are not attached correctly, you may find the edges are wavy and do not lay flat. Two seams will nest together, the border to quilt seam and the border to border seam. ioleen kimmel on December 15, 2016 at 9:35 am Great post, thanks for sharing. 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