“Most quilters know to measure through the center of the quilt and then cut borders to fit before stitching them on. But how you pin your borders also can make a big difference in the quilt’s appearance. In this example I measured, cut and then pinned the border to the quilt, easing as necessary. The ends of the border at the seam fit perfectly so I expected a perfect result. But look what happened! The quilt peeked out from underneath the border on the unstitched edge (photo 1).
When I pressed the border and surveyed the results, I noticed that the edge of the border was not in line with the edge of the quilt (photo 2).
So I took out a length of the border seam. This time, not only did I pin along the seam to be stitched but I also pinned the border even with the quilt along the end of the border (photo 3).
After stitching and pressing you can see that the border is much more in line with the edge of the quilt (photo 4).
I now pin like this for each end of my borders and for strips in blocks such as a Log Cabin, and I get better results.”
Posted by Christine N. Brown, Editor-in-Chief, American Quilter Magazine