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« on: January 29, 2014 10:26:48 PM »

I'm making my first quilt ever at the moment. It was going to be a jelly roll race quilt, nice and easy to start off with, but then I saw this: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/how-to-make-zig-zag-quilt-without_30.html
So I had to make it. Still very easy, and I've sewn everything up to the stage where I want to add borders to make it a little bigger.
My question for quilters more experienced than I, is this: what is the best way to go about adding borders (cut straight) to the edge of my quilt top, which is on the bias?
I'm hoping someone can help me with this!
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2014 11:00:38 PM »

You should be ok as long as you don't stretch it out while you're pinning. Measure through the middle of the quilt to get the right border size and cut your borders to size. When pinning, carefully pin at each  end and then add pins throughout the middle.

I recently made the mistake of being lazy and just cutting long strips instead of measuring for my borders and I ended up stretching out the quilt sides and got these horrible ruffled edges. I think my borders were 2-4 inches bigger longer than they should have been! Had to rip it out in order to quilt it.
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2014 11:13:58 PM »

Thank you MareMare!
So lots of pins and accurate measuring should be okay.
I don't have a walking foot, and I was wondering which fabric should be next to my feed dogs for this, or will that not matter?
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2014 08:01:52 AM »

Hmmm good question. I just did an "accuracy" quilt along and they always had the sashing/border piece on top to since that worked better to ease onto the other fabric. So I guess I would do border on top/bias edges next to feed dogs. Unless someone else has a better answer?
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2014 10:44:09 AM »

I'm no help here. I almost always have wiggly wobbly borders. May be the main reason I don't often add them Smiley

My thinking is. (and I'm just making this up out if my head) if you have your bias edge on the bottom the feed dogs should feed it more smoothly with less stretch potential?

I suppose I'm more of a free form, "Meh. It'll all work out once it's washed and shrunk" kinda quilter.

Good luck. And post pics! 
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2014 11:15:44 AM »

I guess I shall embrace one of the best things about working with fabric - the ability to rip it out and start again if I need to! I'll try border on top and if it doesn't work then I'll just try the other way (gotta love fabric for that).

Thank you both for your answers!
I'll post pics when it's done, which will hopefully be soon.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014 06:42:45 PM »

Measure in three places, at the top, middle and bottom of the quilt.  Average the measurements and cut the borders to that exact length.  Find the middle of the quilt and the middle of the border and pin them together.  Pin each end.  Then pin at the quarter and eighth, and add more pins.  Sew the border on with the quilt top on the bottom.   Put the two sides on first, or the top and bottom, then press and measure again to get the size for the other two sides.  
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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2014 07:58:58 PM »

Spray starch.  Use lots of spray starch but press don't iron the bias bits.
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2014 05:01:50 AM »

I ended up 'measuring' by laying the fabric across the quilt, and that worked well. I used lots and lots of pins and had the bias bit on the bottom and the border on the top.

Here's a picture: http://www.flickr.com/photos/118001616@N06/12613483845/

Sorry that it's blurry. I've sinced pressed it and it looks much better, I promise.

Thank you for all your help!
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