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Saltwater Quilts: Tutorial: Mitered Corners. A mitered corner may look complicated, but it is actually really easy. It can be added as a border to just about any center design to spruce up your quilt or thrown into your overall quilt design. There are a few examples at the end of the tutorial. Calculations Width of Border Fabric: Choose the width of your border. For example, the chevron border above is 6" wide. The Length of the Border Fabric: length of the side of the quilt top (green section below) + 2 times the width of the border + 10 extra inches (for seam allowance, mitering, and extra) For example, the side of the quilt center above is 55". 1. 2. 3. 4. (Here is an example) 5. 6. (close up of where to stop and back stitch) 7. Here is a larger view of the finished product (I Spy Quilt)... You can also use this technique on a smaller scale. If you have any questions, feel free to message me! Happy Sewing!! Candace. Quilting for Absolute Beginners - Adding borders correctly.

Ann Seely - How to Measure for a Mitered Border. Border Hints and Tricks. Quiltville Custom Border Hints & Tricks! Avoiding the wave and ripple!.. (Click here for printer-friendly version) Lessons in How NOT to create a quilting nightmare! Believe me, this will NOT quilt out! THIS was a quilting nightmare! It's not really a trick..I've always thought of it as a *cheat*...because I don't use measuring tapes or rulers..

I piece together the border strips together end to end so it is long enough for the whole quilt. To join on the diagonal or not? When strips get wider than 3.5", I like to sew them together straight end to end instead of on the diagonal or bias. Now that you have your borders cut and sewn, here comes the crawling on the floor part!! Lay out the quilt on the floor, smoothing as you go so it is straight and flat, but do not stretch...just let it lay flat. It is really important to cut your border strips straight across, or you can compound the problem if that angle is off from 45 degrees. Why side borders first? Calculations & Formulas for Quilt Bindings, Backings and Borders. Being able to calculate yardages for quilting borders, backs and bindings allows you to more effectively use the fabrics you have on hand for your projects as well as let you decide on amounts to purchase when you find those fabrics you absolutely love.

Most quilt patterns provide yardage needed for borders, backing and binding, however, when sewing your own projects, you’ll need to do a little math to determine the yardages you should purchase to complete your quilt top. Borders: Figuring yardage for borders involves just a couple of simple steps. Step 1: First, measure your completed quilt center. If you are adding 5″ borders, cut three strips of fabric 5″ x width of fabric. Step 2: After adding these borders, measure the width of your quilt to determine the top and border length. Step 3: Next, you’ll add your top and bottom borders. After sewing these top and bottom border strips, your quilt will measure 49″ x 59″. Backings: Sew the two 57″ long pieces together along the 57″ side. Bindings: Mitering borders on quilts: tutorial. “Side-by-Side Hearts” quilt border from The Border Workbook Your quilt top is done and it’s time to add borders. It’s the beginning of the end! But deciding how to border a quilt can be a challenge.

From simple to showy, there are as many choices for quilt borders as there are quilt blocks. So many choices, in fact, that many quilters lose steam at this stage of the quiltmaking process. Instead, they add another few pounds of quilt top to the UFO pile. But borders don’t have to be a chore, and they certainly don’t have to be boring.

Example from Simple Style Then there are fancy pieced quilt-border ideas, like these: Examples from Perfect-Fit Pieced Borders But there’s one border style that’s nestled between plain and fancy—one that can give a refined look to a quilt without much effort. Examples of mitered borders from Just around the Corner, Eye-Catching Quilts, and Quilt Batik! If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to miter quilt borders, read on. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Making Curved Quilt Borders with Karen Charles. Beyond basic borders, day 3: design your own! (+ sale) Today we wrap up this week’s posts about fun quilt-border ideas. We’ve covered both pieced quilt borders and appliqué quilt borders.

You might be asking, “What other kinds of borders are there?” There IS one more kind of quilt border to explore: The kind of borders you design yourself! Every quilt is unique, as is every quilter. You can audition borders for a quilt by starting with graph paper, transparencies, or an addictively fun “fabric paste-up” method. There are countless ways to enhance your quilts with customized borders. Speaking of pitfalls… if there’s one hurdle that prevents quilters from designing their own borders, it’s the math. See page examples from Borders by Design— only $4.79 for the eBook this week (That’s an even better deal than our flash-sale prices!) Next step: binding. What’s your favorite part of finishing: the borders, the quilting, or the binding? You might also like: Borders on quilts: solutions for your UFOs Related Posts.

Centering Designs in Prairie Points. A Timeless Charm To Any Quilt With Scrappy Quilt Borders! I love finding new ways to use my scraps, and have done my fair share of scrap quilting. But, have you ever though of using scraps as a border for on of your favorite quilts or quilt blocks? You can have fun using those wonderful scraps by creating delightful scrappy quilt borders for quilts of all styles and sizes.

Photo via A Quilting Life Most quilters end up collecting an abundance of scraps left over from various projects and then wonder about the best way to use them. There is something about a scrappy quilt border that lends a sense of timeless charm to any quilt, so why not plan ahead for some wonderful scrappy quilt borders. Make a uniform border scrappy. One of the easiest ways to have fun with a scrappy quilt border is to utilize a ready-made pattern. Some patchwork designs that easily lend themselves to scrappy piecing include: four-patch , nine-patch, Flying Geese, square-in-a-square, half-square triangle, and the quarter-square triangle designs.

Make a border from strip sets. Quilting How to Attach Borders. Surrounding the Bear. How to Make Perfect Mitered Corners. How to Measure for a Mitered Border. American Quilter's Society - Serendipity Pattern. Breaking the border-cutting "rules" | Quilt Views & News. American Quilter magazine pattern editor Marje Rhine shares her views on cutting fabric borders: “Quilters are usually taught to cut quilt borders parallel to the selvage. There are a couple of good reasons for this. First, there is less stretch in the fabric parallel to the selvage so less likelihood of wavy borders. Second, the borders would not need to be pieced with adequate yardage. But we all know there are no quilt police and there are good reasons to occasionally break the quilting ‘rules.’ I often cut my borders across the width of the fabric (WOF) from selvage to selvage. For example, here is a large-scale print I want to use as the outside border for my quilt.

For the next figure, I have superimposed cutting lines on the fabric to show the difference in the appearance of the borders after the fabric is cut. See the difference in these quilt mock-ups below. Don’t be afraid to break the rules if, in the end, you like the quilt better.” Pinning for Better Borders | Quilt Views & News. This tip was contributed by Marje Rhine, pattern editor for American Quilter magazine. I have used a similar technique for many years when pinning together the two sections of Drunkard’s Path blocks. “Most quilters know to measure through the center of the quilt and then cut borders to fit before stitching them on. But how you pin your borders also can make a big difference in the quilt’s appearance. In this example I measured, cut and then pinned the border to the quilt, easing as necessary.

The ends of the border at the seam fit perfectly so I expected a perfect result. But look what happened! Photo 1 When I pressed the border and surveyed the results, I noticed that the edge of the border was not in line with the edge of the quilt (photo 2). Photo 2 So I took out a length of the border seam. Photo 3 After stitching and pressing you can see that the border is much more in line with the edge of the quilt (photo 4).

Photo 4. Framed! Quilt Border Ideas. Borders are the frames that surround and set off our quilt designs. Finding the perfect border idea can make the difference between a regular quilt and a quilt with maximum impact. Of course, sometimes the simplest border, or even no border at all, is the perfect addition to a quilt center. Here are some quilt border ideas to get you started. Borderless designs First of all, consider the fact that your quilt may not need a border. Plain borders Additionally, some quilts just look best with plain borders. Pieced borders If a pieced border is just what your quilt needs, here are a few ideas: First, you may want to consider repeating a design element from the center of the quilt.

There are also very simple designs that can be used as pieced border units. “Rail Fence” units, comprised of three strips of equal width, sewn together and cut into squares, make perfect simple-to-sew pieced border units. Come back to the Craftsy blog tomorrow for more quilting fun.