TBT…..but only 2 days!!!……..

Yes, I’m only going back 2 days and taking you to Jenny at “Sew Kind of Wonderful”. Her post title for the day was “Tuesday Tips-Adding Borders” and this info really canNOT be stressed/followed too much! As one who has the exciting opportunity to finish up many sweet quilt tops for clients/friends who have put all their hearts into the creation, it’s a shame to encounter borders whose measurements result in “ocean-sized” waves! So unnecessary if one follows the directions Ms Jenny provides. So, in the interest of a PSA (Public Service Announcement), I ask that you pop over to her blog for a bit. Thank you……………………


About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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8 Responses to TBT…..but only 2 days!!!……..

  1. mtetar says:

    This is great thanks to you both for sharing. I will visit. Blessings Always, Mtetar

    • treadlemusic says:

      You will enjoy her creative style plus she is a wealth of solid quilting info!!!! Thanks for taking time to leave a few words.
      Looks like, unless this coming Sun/Mon snows amount to something, we will be having a very brown Christmas. No one thought that would happen when we started our season like last year!!!!! Still hoping for a (little) “White Christmas”!!!!! LOL! Hugs……….

  2. catpatches says:

    I often have this problem, so thanks for the heads up.

    • treadlemusic says:

      The funny thing is that this is such an easy fix, too! There is much (waviness) that can be minimized with the quilt stitching but it’s always better not to have the situation in the first place. Many of the Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s clever patterns/slicing/dicing result in the bias edge being placed on the outer edges of the block with the risk of distortion so this border measuring ‘trick’ is very helpful to rein in any fullness that was created.

  3. Since they say the only dumb question is the unasked one and I haven’t gotten far enough in the process to have a true experience of this myself I am going to ask…
    When are ocean waves noticeable?
    Why does it matter?
    I am quite certain mine will be Tsunami waves for a couple of reasons. First, I don’t know “why” I need to care. Second, I don’t have a space to lay it out for a true measurement. And Third, I don’t have something to get a true measurement with ( I do have a carpenter tape measure I’m guessing I could use). So, it’s really the why as I could go somewhere to find the space.
    Since you are into the process where it matters all the time, I am hoping you can help me understand the need to be accurate. 🙂

    • treadlemusic says:

      That extra fabric on the outer edge that forms the wave effect (if too great) will have to be gotten rid of to lay flat on the batting & backing….which WILL be laying flat! A center measurement(s) both directions may be accomplished by folding the top in 1/2 (one direction at a time) and taking that measurement & multiplying by 2 to get the total length or width through the center(s). This is an accurate measurement or what the outside edges of the top should measure if they aren’t stretched in the piecing process as it progresses and grows the size of the top. Cutting the borders to these center measurements will “rein in” the excess that has developed. Thought: if the backing and the batting measurements are 55″x 65″ and the quilt top is 59″x69-1/2″ the top will not lay flat on the bottom 2 layers so that the stitching/quilting that “unites” them will have pleats/folds of the excess fabric on/near the edges so that it can lay as flat. Send an e-mail if this doesn’t quite say it well enough……….

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