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Mitred Corners with Valerie Nesbitt

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Workshop notes for Mitred Corners

 

These take more fabric than is used for regular borders as the outer edge needs to extend right across its mate.

 

If you are using two (or more)  fabrics you need to sew these together to ‘create’ the border fabric.

 

Once you have done this you can sew these to your project:  choose perhaps the top and then add to the bottom (or opposite side):

you can sew right across the project from raw edge to raw edge- if you have a ¼” seam allowance that would be great but don’t worry if you haven’t.

 

Press border out from the project so that the seam is pressed to the border (it stops you sewing over it later)

 

Then you need to add the other side sides: make sure (if you have a double or triple border) that you have the right fabric nearest the project (i.e. the inner border  and colours run in the proper sequence).

 

You can now sew BUT you start sewing at the  start of the previous border – DO NOT STITCH beyond the previous stitching (where the 1st border  fabric is).

 

Stitch down to the other end again stopping at the border fabric and backstitch (or stop/stitch to fix the stitching OR leave tails to neaten off)

 

To create the mitre at each end:

Fold the raw edge of the flappy border (the one just added) until the fabric layes right above its friend, right sides together  (and you may now have the twist flat the seam allowance from the underneath border fabric) – as you haven’t sewn right to the end the top border fabric is flexible.  Don’t be tempted to stretch it – not sure what I mean – watch the video again!

 

When the two fabrics are laying above each other take the iron and iron your diagonal crease into place;

Open the fabrics up so that you can see the pressed crease, (if you can’t see the crease try drawing it in with a pencil)but don’t move them in any other way.

pin carefully (placing pins out of the way) so that you can sew down the crease line:

sew from the outside edge inwards (your machine likes it better);

stop at the point you get to where the previous stitches are.

(again not sure what I mean – watch the video again!)

You will need to neaten off your stitches/fix them at the inner corners - either by hand or with the machine but suggest you only do this if you are certain ou are happy with the result.

 

Repeat with the other end and then with the other side.

 

It sounds complicated (which is why we made the video!) but it’s not when you get the hang of it.

 

 

 

Mitred corners can add movement and aren't as difficult as you might think;  particularly good to use with quilts that have an on-point setting as this continues the visual theme.

You can create a multi-fabric border and use this too.

Valerie shows you how you can make good use of the iron, avoid worrying about the 45 degree angle and the 1/4" seam allowance.

 

A similar method is used for Attic Windows ).

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