Is it OK to piece quilt borders?

Should quilt borders be cut crosswise or lengthwise?

The lengthwise grain is the strongest fabric grain and using it this way helps your quilt hang straighter with less sagging over time. Just remember, cutting lengthwise grain side borders takes more fabric. You will need to make the yardage calculations yourself, unless otherwise noted on the quilt pattern envelope.

Do quilt borders need to be the same size?

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.

How wide should multiple borders be on a quilt?

Second: The width of the border should be at least one-half to two-thirds the size of the quilt block used in the quilt. This proportion keeps the eye on the center of the quilt which is the most important. The overall finished width of the border should not be larger than one quilt block.

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.

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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 causes wavy borders on quilts?

The most common reason borders are wavy after the quilting has really nothing to do with the actual quilting. … This is especially true if the border quilting design floats inside the border’s perimeter, rather than leaving the quilt’s outer edge as with pantograph quilting.