No Room For Movement!

With the main machine in for a tune up, it was time to get the pocket rocket- 'Black Betty' (like the song) out and get her going. After a few little tweaks, we were off and racing. This deliciously purple batik fabric, is the border going onto a quilt top I received as a kit, from a very good friend. The colours in the top are amazing, all hues of purple, but were really challenging to photo with a good result, so my apologies for the variances in colour.

Now for this quilt I was adamant, I was going to finally get those borders on and get them on flat!! After consulting another quilters methods for applying borders just to be sure I was doing it the best way recommended, I was reassured my method was going to produce good final results. As you can see from the above photo, lots of pins were used to keep that border where it should be. No movement allowed!

Finally with the borders on, the quilt top is complete. I used to be a person that would rush from one stage of the project to the next because I liked results quickly. But I have gradually learnt, that patience pays off. With the time spent in application to make sure these borders behave themselves, I think it has payed dividends already, as the borders are remarkably flat. Ahhh, flat borders.... a longarm quilters dream!!
Until the next time, happy quilting.-Julie.


  1. Can't wait to see it quilted! Jenny

    1. Thanks Jenny, I've got something special planned for the quilting on this one.

  2. So, to make your boarders flat you just pinned the heck out of them so they wouldn't move? Do you press your seams open too? One way or another, the quilt looks awesome and I too can't wait to see your special quilting.

  3. Sam, before the border is pinned to the quilt with a million pins, I have done a little math with it first. Firstly, I take 3 measurements of the side I am going to be putting the border onto. I measure through the top of the quilt, through the middle and the bottom of the quilt. I then divide this number by 3. (This is because those 3 original measurements will very rarely be the same number). The number I get from dividing by 3 is the number I will cut the border to. After that I mark with a pin or chalk 1/4, 1/2 and the 3/4 increment mark on the border. I do the same on the side the border is going onto. Next is to pin the border onto the side of the quilt, and then pin the border at the increments marked, to the corresponding increments marked on the side of the quilt. After the main bit is pinned in its respective place, that's when you can pin down the remaining fabric along that border. Also, I don't press the seams open once the borders are on, but to one side. Hope this helps.