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How to extend your borders with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes for Adding cornerstones:

You need to measure the quilt across and down – raw edge to raw edge- but not actually on the edge – try to measure slightly in as this gives a better reading.

Cut 4 pieces of fabric;  two that will be sew across the top and the bottom of your quilt and two to go down the sides – you can join the fabric if it isn’t long enough for the sides.

Cut two pieces of the border fabric to the width of the quilt and add them to the quilt;

You need to add the cornerstones (they are squares ) one to each end of the other two pieces of border fabric

Add these to your quilt, matching the seam at the end, pinning in the centre of the strip and then easing the distance .

 

NOTE:  If you have more than one border and you want to add cornerstones to each of them you just repeat the exercise remembering that your measuring will now take in the first border.

 

 

In this workshop Valerie discusses what to do when the fabric isn't long enough to go down (or across) the quilt all in one go - where do you put the join maybe?

Valerie tries to avoid having a short piece of fabric at the end of the border and one of the simple ways of doing this is to add cornerstones.

If you have an even amount of several fabrics what can you do as a border?  Again Valerie has the answer - you can strip piece them and then again add cornerstones.

The end result means that it looks like you thought about the borders rather than having them as an afterthought around the quilt centre.

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