Do you often end up with wavy borders on your quilt? Is your quilt often not square?
Here’s some hints and tips to get a perfectly flat border and quilt top - which your longarm quilter will love you for.
How to measure and attach borders to your quilt top to end up square!
Straight sewn quilt borders, also called butted borders, are quick and easy to sew—that's probably why they are the most often used borders for quilts.
Extra Tip: Sometimes you will find that it's best to add top and bottom borders (or shorter borders) first to avoid the need for piecing those border strips.
How to Sew the First Two Borders to the Quilt
2. Place the border along the side of the quilt, right sides together and centre points matched. Pin through both layers at the match to keep fabrics from shifting.
Sew Remaining Two Borders to the Quilt
If you are adding more borders to your quilt repeat the process above.
Go forth and make square flat quilts!
hugs from Helen
So Terry Atkinson and Gudrun Erla put the call out to us to show our ‘real studios’- not perfectly cleaned, beautifully presented, out of a magazine images, but instant as they are now..
I considered that I really can’t show you this – my studio is simply not fit for human eyes – I can’t really show you how messy I am and what a state we are really in.. But then….. maybe it could make you feel better about yours – AND, maybe it may make me stick to my word and show you the new and improved version soon….
so first you can watch mine- please watch mine first as all the others will just make mine look even worse…
It is a little rushed (trying to keep them short and sweet) and very organic (sorry no expert videoing skills here today) but you’ll get the picture of just what state we are in…and how and where I work.
then pop on over to some of my friends tours and see how they work – it really is interesting….
Terry Atkinson | Atkinson Designs
keeping it real here….. please don’t judge me – less tidying time, more stitching time
Hugs from Helen
Yesterday saw our final event for the year (well maybe we’ll squeeze one more in online)
Our annual Christmas gathering – a time to celebrate, share, inspire, stitch, learn new things and enjoy beautiful friendships and company.
The tables were all set with good cheer and a black and gold theme this year.
and lot’s of beautiful stitching friends who travelled from all over Australia.
Of course an abundance of beautifully cooked and prepared treats from my lovely girls and helpers – thankyou to Tessie, who baked all week, Adrienne (scone maker), Linda (the best friend and energetic helper you could ask for) Molly, Tilly and Arabella.. I have the best daughters ever!
Our two projects were the
le fer tote bag – a little zipped bag designed to hold your mini travel iron for workshops and retreats – this bag has a hexied top lid, embroidered sides and the easy stitch on top lace zipper.
You may have made the Taffy Apple, Two fruits or Temora traveller projects before – well this is another in my sewing bag series and will join the team nicely. It and a few leftover patterns are available now while they last on the website.
OH - and because the lining can be a little tricky on this bag I have done a step by step photo tutorial for this project on the website – it may also help with the Taffy apple construction also.
Our second project – and our Christmas project this year was
The Cardinal. This is a small but very sweet table runner featuring my applique method. Yes those little dots are only 1/2” – but we did include them diecut in the pattern. You do have to trace and cut the leaves and the bird but the dots are precut for you. Thanks ladies for another beautiful day – and yes I will think very carefully about your feedback for next year! May you all have a wonderful stitchy Christmas and a wonderful festive season with those that you love.
hugs to you all
I was honoured to offer to contribute to ByAnnies #sewpink initiative to support Breast Cancer worldwide. As someone who has known and continues to support many close to me fighting this dreadful disease it is something dear to all of our hearts. I sit with you all with a 1 in 8 chance of also fighting this fight one day – but with all the promotion and education, and funding for research it is heartening to know that there is now a 90%+ survival rate.
Early detection is the best tool we can have, and I have designed a fun project to remind us to ‘check the bumps for lumps’. Yes I know, its not the most pleasant biannual trip we have to do, having our breasts squeezed between a vice – but its a small few minutes of discomfort to hopefully save a lot more down the track…
In Australia, most women after 40 can get free annual or biannual screens – so there’s no excuse. Of course in between these screenings we should be regularly checking those bumps for lumps.
Here are a couple of links if you’re not sure how to
So here is my little project for you – Check the Bumps for Lumps
it uses my Easy EPP method (or you can use your own preferred method) and
some raw edge applique
I applied mine to a ByAnnies very useful Zip it Up bag. I made up the outer pocket piece – quilted the three layers and then appliqued my EPP’d boobies by hand, then used my eye as a guide to place the steam a seam prepared letters into place. Then I fused to secure. The pocket then just made up as per the bag instructions from Anni.
It’s a great little bag with zippered pockets on the outside and mesh and clear vinyl pockets on the inside. The whole thing then zips up closed so you can fill it with everything you need and nothing will fall out. Im hoping my new little laptop will fit in my outside pocket as I made the large version.
For my day in the bloghop Im offering the Check the bumps design as a free download.
Alternatively you can purchase the kit which has the preprinted applique paper, steam a seam, and the fabrics (same or similar to what Ive used) and the printed layout guides and templates.
ByAnnie are donating 30% discounts on all things pink as per the links at the bottom of this post.
The #SewPink Initiative was created by ByAnnie.com LLC to raise awareness for breast cancer during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. They have pledged to raise funds to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through sales and promote action through giveaways.
Hugs for today
You may have seen our recent High Tea Stitch for Sisters event? Jo and I were very honoured to pull this event together in two short weeks and have over 75 ladies attend, stitch, share, laugh, cry and make a difference.
We raised over $4000 which will be donated to both organisations – thankyou so much ladies and we know you enjoyed a wonderful day.
I quickly designed two projects especially for the day -
This little stitchery which could be used for anything – but I have attached it to the top of a lovely thread box kit by Rinske Stevens… to keep my Presencia threads in. I used a lovely Cottage Garden hand dyed thread to give it the lovely depth of colour.
The second project I had actually designed for a wonderful Project being led by By Annie for Octobers Breast Cancer awareness month #SewPink. Check back here on Friday for all the details.
Thankyou to all the ladies who helped make our day happen, all the sponsors and donors who contributed and to all of our generous guests who came, stitched, bid on auction items, bought raffle tickets and just cared.
hugs for today