Pin It Whether you are a novice or expert quilter, chances are there are things that you have not been taught, or you've been taught incorrectly. Have you ever been taught the right way to put borders on your quilt?
Being a longarm quilter, I quickly became acquainted with the reasons why quilting rules are so important. Of course the three obvious rules: proper and accurate cutting, proper seam allowance and proper pressing (not to be confused with ironing). One rule that seems to get overlooked most often is proper border attachment. This causes a lot of problems for your longarm quilter. A good longarmer (you know, like myself! haha!) can ease in problem borders with too much fabric. But you can't be guaranteed that you won't have pleats or puckers, and why would you want that when the solution is so simple?
There are a lot of people that "sew and slash" their borders, meaning they take a strip of fabric, sew it on their quilt, and then cut off whatever is leftover. This stretches the fabric and causes waves. You wouldn't notice it unless you laid it out on the floor flat and you'd see what I'm talking about. I am always trying to preach how to properly apply borders. But because I'm 50 years younger than a lot of quilters, have pink hair and holes in my face, I couldn't possibly know more about quilting than them!? (In their defense, if the tables were turned I would probably feel the same way)
So anyway, back to this simple solution:
That's it! Just measure for borders! That will keep you from having wavy, ruffly, unruly borders and you will have a square quilt. And I'm going to show you how.
First it helps when your quilt center lays flat. If your center doesn't lay flat, it means that you didn't follow one (or all) of the three rules I mentioned above. That's another tutorial in itself. To measure for your borders, first measure each side of your quilt at its edge.
Now I will say that if you have minimal difference in your measurements (up to 1/4-1/2 inch) between the center and the edges, it's usually okay to use the center. If all else fails, use your center measurement.
Once you've cut your border pieces, fold them in half and mark their centers, and do the same with the side of the quilt that it will be attached to.