Borders the Perfect Length Without Rulers!
21⁄2″ x 92 5/8″, 21⁄2″ x 87 7/8″, 41⁄2″ x 100 1/8″…
When faced with border dimensions like these, my mind glazes over quickly, so I devised a system for cutting border strips which makes numbers like these unnecessary. You can easily trim border strips to the proper length without measuring. This method also helps to prevent wavy edges along the sides of the quilt. It works for any size quilt with squared borders of any width. After assembling the quilt center, follow the instructions below.
If necessary, join strips end to end to create enough length for the borders. The first borders you will trim to the correct length are the border #1 side strips. Referring to the photo above, fold the quilt top in half along the vertical center and lay it on a large table or an open area of the floor. Lay both border #1 strips on top of the fold as shown and smooth gently.
Refer to the photo above; slip a small cutting mat under the quilt center (you’ll need to do this at both ends) and use a rotary cutter and ruler to trim the border strips to the same length as the folded edge of the quilt center.
Matching centers and ends and using pins every 5 to 6 inches, sew the border #1 side strips to the quilt center—if you need to ease in some fullness, put the fullness on the bottom (against the throat plate) as you sew. The feed dogs will automatically take up a bit of the fullness. Gently press the seam allowances away from the quilt center.
Next, trim the border #1 top and bottom strips. Referring to the photo above, fold the quilt in half through the horizontal center and repeat the process, including the newly added borders. Sew the border #1 top and bottom strips to the quilt. Repeat the process for any remaining borders.
This really works! No rulers and no problems. Give it a try next time you add borders to a quilt center. Measurements like 47 3/8″ x 59 1/4″ will soon be a thing of the past!
* * * * *
Please visit Quilty Pleasures next week when we’ll have one last giveaway—and it will be a real whopper! The lucky winner could be you!