I love how this quilt is coming out. So does my husband, which means he has requested I add more borders to make it large enough to go on our bed.
For my pattern however, this is where I stop. To make it fit our bed I will be adding an 8" grey border all around and then a 9" dark blue border to give me a finished size of 97" x 97" which will fit our queen size bed with the drape on the sides we like. (92x96 is the dimension I normally shoot for to get a 16" drop.) At the end of this post I will share some options I came up with to enlarge the size of this quilt for a bed.
It is especially important when cutting long border strips to start with a fabric that has been squared up. The photo below shows what happens when I fold my fabric in half and it is not squared-see those wrinkles along the bottom folded edge? I do not want to see that or I will end up with a strip of fabric that is not straight.
The dark blue fabric is pretty wonky because I did not square up the fabric before cutting my strip. The grey is nice and straight just like I want. So how do we achieve that?
I hold the two top edges of the fabric I am working with between my thumb and index finger, separating the two sides between those fingers. Now I can slide them independently until that bottom fold edge is nice and smooth. My fabric is now squared up. (I cannot take the photo and hold the fabric so I have laid it out on my ironing board, lol)
Leah Day has a video that demonstrates this pretty well.
Another tip that will help as you add those long borders: I place pins about every five inches or so and sew with the border strip on top. Whenever I add a border strip I find the middle of the strip and the middle of my quilt then match them up and place my first pin. Next I pin the ends as I have already cut the strips to the correct length. From there I ease everything to fit and pin from the center working my way to the outer edges.
Cutting your border strips to length before adding them is a great way to keep your quilt square as you go. I find the length I need by measuring down the middle of the quilt rather than along the edge and I cut my strips to that measurement. I give you the lengths in my pattern, but if your blocks did not come out to the dimensions that I have given for each block you will need to make some adjustments to those measurements.
For my quilt I managed to find a grey snowflake material that goes nicely with what I already had and I had plenty of my dark blue to work with as it was going to be the backing and I will just find something else for the back. You could also frame it with completely different fabrics as option 3 shows. Option 4 replaces the last Dark Blue border in the original pattern with a wider blue border to continue the blue and white theme.
My pattern testers have shared their progress and what they are doing with their borders.
I think they are looking great!
I am looking forward to seeing what all of your finished quilts look like. I will be taking a break over the summer so will come back to quilt mine in September so that I can hopefully have it completed before winter arrives.
You can find the directions for finishing HERE. Scroll down the page to the directions for the Snowman quilt.
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