Or if you have a block that’s pretty plain and needs some pizzazz, or one in a sampler that needs to be a tad bigger, put borders around just that one block and miter those corners.
Or if you’re doing a quilt using photos, mitered borders around the pictures make them look framed.
Let’s just get to it.
I got the panel from one of the shops on our last Oklahoma shop hop. And by the way, if you haven’t participated in a quilt shop hop, you are missing loads of fun and goodies. Get a group together and go on a wonderful road trip. Use Quilting Hub’s trip planner. Spend a night or two on the road. Have fun with your quilting buddies.
The first thing to do is square the panel. In this case, I trimmed off an inch or so. Then measure the width and length and make a note of it. The narrow gold strip was on the panel.
I decided on a dark, narrow strip next to the panel (strips 1 1/2-inches wide), with a wider border in red (strips 2 1/2-inches wide) on the outside.
First thing is to be sure your border strips are several inches longer than the piece you’re sewing them on.
Here is a simple formula:
Length of quilt side + (width of the border X2 + 6") = Total Border Fabric
In our case, we’ll start with one short side. And we’re going to sew two borders together, so our border width must be the total of the two sewn together. Here’s our formula:
17 1/2-inches+ (3 1/2 x 2=7 + 6=13) = 30 1/2 inches
… so we will need 30 1/2 inches for the length of our side border strips.
The long sides are as follows. (Note: The width of the borders stays the same.)
22 1/2-inches + (3 1/2 x 2=7 + 6=13) = 35 1/2 inches.
Notice on the photos my strips are longer than they need to be. That’s because I knew they were long enough and elected not to trim them first. (Sometimes laziness wins!)
Now sew the strip sets (one dark and one red) together lengthwise. Press the seam closed to set the stitches and press to the dark fabric. Mark the center of one short side of the quilt and the center of one short set of strips. Pin these strips on the quilt at this mark. We are going to begin and end sewing at the 1/4-inch mark, so mark this in some way. Put in a pin, or make a little X: whatever will tell you where to start and stop. Also, back stitch at the beginning and at the ending at the quarter-inch mark; we don’t want the seams to come apart. Sew the borders on.