|The bottoms are navy blue, and look weird here because they're darker inside|
|A close up of the top|
Here's another quilt I worked on this week ... this is a Christmas strip quilt that my customer bought in December from our store, and gave me about 6 weeks ago ... I'm always so impressed with people that get their Christmas projects done early ... I always have good intentions, but I don't know why I even THINK I'll get started early ... I just never do! Time has this way of really getting away from me.
|Didn't she do a great job?|
This doesn't work and I'm going to explain why ... I know it's easy to do, but ... when you sew a quilt, you are cutting and piecing, pushing and pulling fabric, ironing, etc. By the time you get to the outside of the quilt, you pieces that are laying on the edge of the quilt can really be distorted from the whole process. Take your measurements on the outside of your quilt top, and then measure through the center ... see the difference? I guarantee you there will always be a difference, no matter how careful you are when you piece. It is just natural that the outside edge is going to have stretched out of shape. If you just add fabric to that outside edge, it's going to not be straight beause it's stretched here and there, and when you just add a length of fabric, you are adding to the craziness. You have this center that is a different size, and now the outside is just doing it's own thing. If you measure and add the borders based on the measurement through the center, you are controlling that top, easing the waviness in, and squaring the top up. I hope that helps someone ... I can tell you that when I take my time and add my borders in this manner, my quilt lays so much better ... try it on your next quilt! You'll get used to the process and it will be just as easy as your old method, but will produce much better results!