Press your quilt to so it
lays as flat as possible
Measure the perimeter of your quilt. This is to estimate the amount of
border you will need for your quilt. Math for this is: length of top
and bottom added together, times two. Divide that number by 40 inches
then round up to the nearest whole number. That will be the number of
strips you will need to cut for the first border and you will repeat
this procedure for the subsequent borders that you may want to add to
your quilt. (ie: top 60” - side 80”, 60 + 80= 140 ins, 140x2=280.
280/40=7 strips. In this instance I would cut 8 strips just to be on
the safe side. If we were cutting a 4” border then you would need 32”
of fabric for the first border, 4x8 strips in this case).
Sew your strips together if necessary. DO NOT miter your pieces. Yes,
they look better but they stretch. We don't want stretch.
Measure your top. You can measure in three places or do the center
method, whichever you choose.
Lay two pieces of border down one on top of the other. Square up one
side. Cut the other side the length you have determined. Both pieces
are exactly the same length.
Quarter both pieces of your border and mark in some manner. Quarter
both sides of the quilt you will be attaching the border to.
Start at the center, match your border marks with your quilt marks.
This will ease any fullness you may have on the outside edges of your
Press out the borders you have just completed.
Measure your quilt in the
direction and repeat the cutting directions for the border and apply in
the same manner as the other two.
Your quilt should now be square. With this method, you will know
how well you have done with your piecing.