Do I quilt or bind first?
Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between.
How wide should quilt borders be?
Borders should be in proportion to the size of the finished quilt. As a general rule of thumb, a small wall hanging should have a border of less than 6″ while a king-size quilt can handle a 12″ to 14″ border. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design.
Do you square up a quilt before adding borders?
Once your piece is quilted, you need to make the edges even and square before adding your binding. It is easier and more accurate to trim the quilt sandwich if the three layers are sewn together at the edge. Otherwise, the bottom layer can shift and you end up with edges that are not the same.
How do you decide on a quilt border?
A quilt may need an inner border to be the darker frame, a middle border to add some sparkle or a pop of color, and an outer border to complete the quilt. Or maybe the inner and outer border could be the same fabric as the background of the blocks and the dark (or light!) contrast border floats!
Should quilt borders be cut on the bias?
Many quilters add borders by cutting long lengths of fabric, sewing them on and then cutting off the excess. … Fabric is the most unstable cut on the bias; any cut on the diagonal can easily be stretched and distorted. Whenever possible, cut border fabric from the lenthwise grain of the fabric.
What goes in the middle of a quilt?
Batting: the cushy middle of a quilt – can be made from cotton, polyester or wool. Typically bought according to the size of the quilt you’re making – found in rolls.