Borders, Tips

There’s Always an Easier Way!

Narrow Quilted Borders?  Not a problem!

Quilting is not an exact science.  I’ve found new, and been able to refine old, techniques in many of the quilt classes that I’ve taken over the years.. I feel that if I come back with at least one new technique or a better way to accomplish something in addition to a quilt, the class is a success.

And it happened again in the Over the Moon class I just took.  Instructor, Perri Kentner, showed us how to easily insert a quarter-inch border between the inside and outside borders of the quilt.. Normally I would  cut a 3/4″ strip to do this kind of border.  Certainly easy enough, but if the fabric slips ever so slightly the mistake becomes very noticeable.  She demonstrated a very easy way to solve this problem.

Cut a 1″ strip and sew it to the inner border with a quarter-inch seam.

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Then guide the left edge of the foot along the seam line to attach the outer border. DSCN4998   I decided to trim the seam to 1/4″ to eliminate the excess bulk;DSCN5001 DSCN5002               The results are a perfect accent border! DSCN5003   Next problem – How to quilt this quilt.  There are a lot of open spaces that call for some creative quilting.  The top is now on my design wall and a group of us are getting together tomorrow at my house for a Sew Day – I’m hoping they have some good suggestions.

There is always time to quilt!
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