The Pieced Border
This month for fun you can add pieced (or a pieced) border to your growing quilt. What excitement. You can select any style of piecing or blocks that you want to use. Some quilters are being very creative with their project. Some are sticking with traditional blocks and techniques. There are many resources for pieced block available.
As we move toward summer and the TAQG Rally Day and Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Presentations, you will see that there are a lot of ways to piece and block borders using her videos. She uses half square triangles, flying geese and many other blocks in her quilts – just as an example.
The Cedar Hill Quilters Guild Library has some books available as references. Use the search feature for the library to check out what we have available.
There are many other video resources available on You Tube. Some of us are visual learners and appreciate a video to lean a new skill. Search You Tube for Tea quilts for some scrappy ideas. She talks about using our “favorite” two inch squares in a border. She also uses a technique similar to the jelly roll race technique to make a border of scrap strings.
For another quilter’s ideas, go to Kathy McNeil.com for a preview of Innovative Quilt Borders (her new book). Kathy is an art quilter with a lot of fun ideas and amazing quilts (don’t get scared by her amazing work).
These are random suggestions from a wide range of resources out there. Bottom line for March, make a pieced border.
Random comments about attaching borders.
Feed dogs pull the fabric on the bottom ruffling it, even if you do not think it is happening. This can lead to wavy borders. Make sure to keep the top and bottom aligned and the same length.
Do a stabilizing stitch on the edge of the pieced border at about an eighth of an inch from the edge of the quilt border. In case you have bias edges this will help to hold things in place for the next border application.