Bake Shop Basics: Quilt Borders




Today our Bake Shop Basics series continues with Chef Anjeanette sharing the proper way to make and attach quilt borders.


Hi Moda Bake Shop! It is Anjeanette from by Anjeanette. I'm going to share one of my favorite parts of making a quilt today.

Do you ever finish your quilt and wonder why your sides are wavy and won’t lay flat? You may not have put your borders on correctly.

Once your quilt top is all pieced and you are ready to add borders, it is tempting to just slap a long length of fabric on the sides, cut off any excess and think you are good to go. You have spent a good amount of time making your quilt top, it is a good idea to take this extra step to finish it correctly. Who wants a wavy quilt?


When you are ready to add your borders, lay the quilt on a flat surface. Measure through the center, from the top to the bottom. Cut two side borders to this measurement length.


Taking one border strip at a time, fold lengthwise in half and then again into fourths. Place a pin at the fold points. You will end up with three pins in the border. Fold your quilt in half and then fourths, and pin the fold points. With right sides together, pin the ends of the border to the ends of the quilt. Match the center pins from the border and quilt and pin together. Match the quarter marks from the border and quilt and pin together. I then fill in between the pins with at least one more pin for each fourth. 


There often is a little bit of excess fullness or fabric on either the border side or the quilt top. Whichever side seems more full, place towards the feed dogs when sewing. The feed dogs will help ease any fullness out.


You may need to gently hold the fabric taught in front of the presser foot as you sew to help ease any fullness out.


If it seems like there isn’t any fullness or excess fabric on either the border, or the quilt top, place the quilt top towards the feed dogs when sewing.

After both side borders are sewn on, press the seam allowance away from the quilt top, or towards the border.

Now repeat the whole process for the top and bottom borders.


Lay the quilt on a flat surface. Measure through the center of the quilt, from one side to the other side. Cut two borders to this measurement. Pin the quarter marks on the borders and quilt. Pin the borders to the quilt matching pins. Pin the ends of the border and the quilt together. Etc.


A few tips:
  • Using a walking foot for these long seams is helpful.
  • It is okay if you have to piece or sew two strips together to make the total length measurement.  Just make sure you are cutting your border to the correct measurement before sewing on.


A perfectly flat quilt with borders.

20 comments:

Marilyn said...

Beautiful quilt! Thank you for the tips. Can we get a link to this wonderful pattern?

Marilyn said...

Beautiful quilt! Thank you for the tips. Can we get a link to this wonderful pattern?

Regina said...

good reminders - thanks!

Karen said...

Thank you so much... Love the "fuller fabric to the feed dog" tip! I'll remember that one !

Les said...

What is the name of the quilt block? I would love to learn how to make it! Thank you!

MaterialGirlQuilts said...

Love the quilt! And thanks for the tips, I know many people will be much happier to have flat instead of wavy quilts now :)
Amanda

Tina said...

Is there a way to print out this information?? I don't see it on your website and would very much appreciate it if you could let me know. Thank you.

Rosa said...

Simply beautiful.Thanks for the tips!

Anjeanette said...

This is a pattern from a magazine from a year or two ago.

Linda F. said...

This is fantastic advice and doesn't take any longer other than just the measuring step.

M.W. said...

Thanks for the tips
Would love to know where I can find the pattern for the star quilt. It's very cool.
Shawn

Phyllis C said...

The quilt is from the Nov/Dec 2011 issue do McCalls Quilting magazine called Snow-Kissed Star designed by Konda Luckau.

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Carolyn Lueders said...

this is the link to the pattern info

http://www.mccallsquilting.com/mccallsquilting/articles/Snow_Kissed_Star

Carol Stearns said...

No fair posting this beautiful quilt block wtihout the pattern!

Lauren said...

When I have a two sections of my quilt that needs to be eased in- I use the thought: tight tops - baggy bottoms. I learned this through F&P Magazine article and it is helped me to remember to put my tight top on the top and my baggy bottoms on the bottoms so that the feed dogs will get that extra ease in straight.

grammytheyeti.com said...

I've had wavy quilts and couldn't figure out why. Thank you so much!

KathyinMN said...

Thanks! Timely instructions as I'm just getting to the borders on my current quilt.

Cyndi said...

Thanks for the great information. Here is a link to the quilt pattern: http://moosequilts.blogspot.com/2013/09/snow-kissed-star.html

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

Wish I had seen this when I first learned to quilt! Great tutorial!