Lesson 2 – Adding a border to your quilt top and preparing your quilt for quilting

Lesson 1-Joining Blocks

You would have by now joined up your blocks made from your Building Blocks tutorials.  The next step in this process is to add borders to your quilt top to finish it off.  For the Amethyst quilt I have chosen a plain border which is about 2 inches wide.

Step 1:

Cut your fabric in strips of 2 inches, sufficient enough to go all around your quilt top edges.  You can do this by calculating the length and the width of your quilt top this way you ensure that while you are sewing you don’t get a distorted quilt top.

Step 2:

Pin your border strips to one of the edges of your quilt tops and start to sew.  You will notice that the first strip I have sewn is edge to edge.  Once sewn cut off any excess fabric as shown in picture 3.


Step 3:

Continue sewing around all your quilt top edges until you sewn your border around all your quilt top.

Step 4:

Flatten the border seams for a neat finish, then measure your quilt top to ensure that the quilt width and length are even from top to bottom.

Step 5:

Now getting your quilt top ready for quilting.  You will need fabric for backing and wadding of your choice.  Since this is a sampler quilt I am going to use a polyester wadding, however if you were making a bed quilt I strongly recommend a natural fibre wadding (such as wool or cotton) as it would be fire resistant.

Note: for your backing fabric you can use one piece of fabric or use your left over fabrics to create a lovely backing for your quilts.  That decision I will leave up to you.  I am using a plain grey fabric with a grey star print fabric for my backing to make my sampler quilt interesting.


Step 6:

Note:  When cutting your backing fabric and wadding make sure you cut them a little bit bigger than your quilt top to allow for movement when quilting.

Lay out your backing fabric, then your wadding and then smooth your quilt top over these layers of backing and wadding.

Step 7:

With your quilting pins/or large safety pins start pining your quilt layers together right throughout the quilt.

Step 8:

One you have pinned your quilt its ready to be quilted.

Now last lesson quilting and finishing your quilt – see Part 3

Note for course participants: all the course material produced for this course is the property of No 3 Quilt Studio. Please ensure that this material is not distributed without my permission.

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