|Bear Paw Progress: Mitered Borders|
|Attaching Second Border|
|Back Stitching Just to the Line Marking 1/4" from the Edge of the Quilt Top|
My border strips are precut to their exact length, the length of the quilt top edge (measured through the CENTER of the quilt top) + the finished width of the border. I've seen a lot of instructions for mitered borders where they have you cut the border strips extra long and trim the excess after stitching the miters, but I think that's a recipe for a wavy border disaster. I've marked the border strips and the quilt top corners 1/4" in, where the miter seam begins.
|End of First Border Strip Pinned Out of the Way; Pinning Second Border Strip for Stitching|
|Stitching Begins at Chalk Line and Pin Marking 1/4" from Edge of Quilt Top|
Note that these markings are all on the WRONG SIDE of my quilt -- I do not use Frixxion pens to mark anything on the right side because sometimes the mark is still visible as a white "ghost" line after ironing. I have also heard of the lines reappearing when the finished quilt is exposed to cold temperatures, and the manufacturer of these pens has told us that chemicals remain in the fabric even after the marks disappear. All of my quilts get washed upon completion so I'm not terribly worried about Frixxion pen chemicals eating through my mitered corner seams in 50 years, but that is a possibility.
|45 Degree Angle Line from Side Stitching to Corner of Border Strips|
|Perfect 45 Degree Angle Line Should Go from End of Side Stitching Right to Strip Corner|
|Pinned In Place and Ready to Stitch|
Don't cut off those triangles yet! Stitch the seam first, open it up and finger press it to check that the miter is perfect. Trim away 1/4" from the seam line only after you're happy with the corner miter.
|Stitching the Miter Along the Drawn Seam Line|
|View from the Back|
|I Love This Corner!|
|This Border Makes Me HAPPY!!!!!|
Another 3 yards of Kona Snow are on order and will show up in my mailbox by the end of the week. In the meanwhile, now that I've got my 'Nina back from the shop, it's time to finish up that class sample with some walking foot quilting.
Happy Monday and Happy Stitching, everyone!
I'm linking up with:
· Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com
· Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts http://www.cookingupquilts.com/
· Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt http://lovelaughquilt.blogspot.com/
· Moving it Forward at Em’s Scrap Bag: http://emsscrapbag.blogspot.com.au/
I bet you will love to be done with this quilt!! yes the strip border looks great
This is sooooo gorgeous! I love your step-by-step process for mitered borders. I haven't done a lot of mitered borders BUT a stripey border like yours definitely deserves special treatment!
I DID miss ya! What a wonderfully rejuvenating week!! Soooo happy for you.
love the stars and nicely done on the miter!!!
What a great border! I've bookmarked this page so I can refer back to your very clear photos and instructions. Hopefully, it will also serve to get me to finish my 3/4 done bear claw. Yours is beautiful!
When I need a mitered corner on multiple borders, I often sew all the borders together so I'm treating it as only one border. Then I attach the whole thing to the quilt like you do and then miter corners. I think there is less stretching of the bias parts and less chance for missing the angle since the wider width is easier to work with. And all the border joinings match.
I keep looking at how you've used the fabrics and colors in this quilt, and it's just so fun how the wild border pulls it all together. It has so much energy, but the white background keeps it grounded. I have the same or a similar hand dyed fabric as in your border, and am curious to see what fabrics in my stash it might work with now.
Mitered corners with stripes are a smashing success, but mine have never matched up like yours do. I realized finally it's because this quilt is square, and added another little fact to my notebook. Thank you for all the inspiration today, and keep it coming. It's good stuff!
Thanks, Julie! Although I did do some cheating to get the corners to align that way. I didn’t just cut my striped batik and use it as-is; I pieced it with other stripey batik and hand marbled fabric scraps that I had used in my quilt top to make it coordinate better, and that allowed me control over which color section landed on each corner. The piecing seams in the border disappear into the stripe, yet this way you can get the corner exactly the way you want it even with a rectangular quilt—you would just start with what you want a the corners and then piece in whatever between them you need to make your borders long enough. Hope that makes sense!
Your mitered border looks great! Thanks for sharing your process.
Thanks, Julie, for mentioning the reverse stitch in the different sewing machines. I have been thinking that I was doing something wrong when I reversed stitched on my computerized Bernina 430. A kindly suggestion for your faithful FW is the use of a thread stand made for FWs. It makes for smoothier thread flow from the modern spools vs the vintage thread spools of yesteryear. I purchased mine online.
Congrats on those perfect mitered corners. I love those rainbow stripes you used for the border.
I'm trying to work out how you got all four corners to match - is the fabric a batik?
I remember Jinny Beyer saying that the border ought to be planned first. I seem to remember she adjusts her borders from the centre so that the corners match.
Your corners look perfect, and I love the quilt.
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