|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!
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· Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts http://smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com
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