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July 2009 Tips and Tricks * Make borders that fit.
Here’s an easy way to make sure your borders fit your quilt perfectly. It works every time!
1. Find the side dimensions of your quilt by measuring through the quilt centre, not along the edges, since the edges may have stretched. Take 3 measurements and average them to determine the length to cut your border fabric.
2. Attach the side or length borders to the quilt by pinning them at each end and in the centre, easing in any fullness. Press seams towards the side borders.
3. Find the top and bottom dimensions of your quilt by measuring across the quilt, including the side borders.
4. Attach the top and bottom borders to your quilt, pinning at each end and then in the centre, easing in any fullness. Press seams towards the top and bottom borders.
April 2009 Tips and Tricks
* Jeans needles are quite effective to use when quilting your quilt. The needles are slightly taller and a slightly sharper than regular needles.
* Don’t forget to press each and everyone of your seams to “set” them. Your quilt top will lie flat and look crisp.
* Glad Press N Seal works beautifully when designing your own quilting pattern. You just apply the Press N Seal to your quilt top and draw whatever you wish. After quilting, just tear the Press N Seal off.
* If you are constantly filling your fabric stash, place an identifying label on each piece of fabric as you buy it, indicating which store you purchased it at. Then, if you need more, you’ll know which store to visit again.
* Use glass head pins whenever possible as they will survive ironing. The plastic head pins can melt under the heat of the iron.
* When cutting and applying borders, measure your quilt through the centre and cut the borders using that measurement plus 1/2 inch. This will ensure your borders and the quilt are straight, even and not wavy.