How to Make a Quilt Border: Cutting and Measuring

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Diane Harris talks about the problematic process of measuring and cutting borders. She teaches you a method that is fast, easy and accurate, especially on large quilts. Also, as an added benefit it will help your quilt hang flat without wobbling borders.

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14 Responses to “How to Make a Quilt Border: Cutting and Measuring”
  1. julie

    Thank you for your demonstration on borders. Would have liked to seen how to do borders on a larger quilt where you would have to add to the border strip to make it long enough to fit the side of the quilt.

    Loved your fabrics in the quilt you made. Beautiful.

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  2. Julia

    The presenter should use good safety practices and close!!! The rotary cutter each time she cuts.

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  3. Ruth H

    Why bias seams on the border? As a long arm quilter, I find they are very problematic. They stretch and make the border ripple or wave. If there is concern about seeing a straight seam line, once quilted the line becomes unnoticeable. Your thoughts please?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,

      This comes down to personal preference, however if basted properly the border should not stretch when quilting.

      Cheers!

      Reply
  4. Vickie

    There are times when my quilt measured longer from side to side on the top than from side to side in the middle of the quilt. How do I fix that?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,
      When it comes to an issue like this, as long as it is not off by too much, you can fix it by easing and stretching the fabric the be the same widths. I would not recommend doing any kind of cutting as this would be more noticeable.

      If you find you are off by a lot and that it is an issue that happens frequently, you may need to go back and ensure you are consistently and accurately piecing with a 1/4″ seam.

      Cheers!

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  5. Sandra Chavez

    I noticed that when you laid your strip down the center of the quilt, it did not lay “straight” accross the blocks (one end is higher on the reference block than the other by about 1-2″) – does this make a difference?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi,

      If you are only off by a very small amount it will not make a difference. However, if you are off by a lot it will cause that cut to be slightly crooked which will in turn make the quilt not perfectly square. It is best to try and be as straight as possible.

      Cheers!

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  6. Cindy Mizer

    I learned some good things, but when the instructor put the border pieces across the quilt to cut, the border pieces were crooked in relation to the top/bottom. She did it with both top/bottom borders and sides.

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    • Customer Service

      Hello Jan,

      Yes, you could do it that way. The method demonstrated helps to ensure that the quilt and the border are square when it gets attached.

      Thanks,
      Ashley National Quilters Circle Video Membership

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