Should I square up my quilt before adding borders?

Which quilt borders go on first?

Borders are usually sewn to the two longest sides of the quilt first and then to the remaining two sides with the final two extending straight across the ends of the first borders.

How big should a border be on a quilt?

Borders should be in proportion to the size of the finished quilt. As a general rule of thumb, a small wall hanging should have a border of less than 6″ while a king-size quilt can handle a 12″ to 14″ border. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design.

Why is my quilt binding wavy?

Unfortunately, quilters often pull this outer edge flat, trying to make those soft ripples disappear as they attach the binding. Instead, you are stretching out the very outer edge, resulting in waves when the binding is sewn down! Another culprit to waves on an otherwise flat quilt is fabric tautness.

Why are my quilt borders wavy?

You may be stretching the quilt itself or your binding fabric. Pulling on either of these can result in one being slightly longer than the other and causing the quilt edges to wave.

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