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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Quilt Borders

My goodness, putting borders on quilts is a slow job!  First I had to decide exactly what I wanted, so I took the quilt top down to my local quilt shop, Krazy Cow, located in the old Levin Railway Station building.  I had an idea I wanted a dark green narrow border to frame the design, and soon found a fabric which looked good.  But what next?  I looked around the shelves, pulling out batiks and smudgy fabrics but nothing seemed right.  Shop owner Trish was very helpful, bringing all sorts of fabrics over, and then she decided to go in another direction and brought over a floral on a cream background.  Not what I was thinking of at all, but I must admit, it certainly tied all the pinks and greens in.  Sometimes it helps to have another pair of eyes! 

Taking my border fabrics home they were washed and ironed that day.  The next day I was kept busy measuring, cutting, pinning (I’m a great pinner, not taking any chances of the fabric slipping), stitching and pressing. 
 
P6140018 I like to use plenty of pins

P6140019Both borders finally on

I had a few spare blocks over so incorporated them into the extra wide backing fabric I had purchased, making sure that the backing was a little bigger all around than the quilt top.  There was one last job to do, and that was to look over the quilt top and snip off any stray threads – there were plenty of those.  There, all done – now I can send the top and backing away to get commercially quilted. 

5 comments:

Razzle Dazzle Quilter said...

borders perfect!

Nancy J said...

looking so lovely, and the borders give a perfect finish. Lots of love in this one.Very cold here this morning, frost stayed in the shady areas all morning, by 10 a.m. had crept up to 4C !!!

Jenny said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies.

Jocelyn Thurston said...

I love that border fabric...very pretty. What a great project!

NickiJ said...

I also love that border fabric. Are you able to tell us where you brought it from?