Quilt borders become the quilt’s frame. There is nothing more disconcerting than a quilt with wavy borders. A wall hanging can easily develop wavy borders and I’ve found that a few careful steps assure that the quilt will hang flat.
- Square top before measuring and attaching borders.
- Always measure the quilt top’s length and width through its center, not along the edges. Edges can stretch as blocks are pieced.
- Quilt should be hung on a design wall or laid flat on the floor.
- Cut fabric for vertical borders along the lengthwise grain (parallel to selvage). The fabric has less stretch when cut this way. Extra fabric will be needed, but the results are worth the extra cost. Horizontal borders can be cut on the crosswise grain (perpendicular to selvage).
- Match the midpoint and ends of border strips with the midpoint and ends of the quilt top. Ease fabric between points, pin and stitch.
- End result – Flat borders!
Quilting from the Road!