Best answer: Do you square up a quilt top before quilting?

Do you square your quilt top before adding borders?

Once your piece is quilted, you need to make the edges even and square before adding your binding. It is easier and more accurate to trim the quilt sandwich if the three layers are sewn together at the edge. Otherwise, the bottom layer can shift and you end up with edges that are not the same.

How wide should a quilt border be?

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 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.

Do you wash batting before quilting?

The short answer is that you can prewash most batting – but that you don’t actually have to. Modern quilt batting is designed to resist shrinking or to shrink very minimally (and that very shrinkage creates a homey look many quilt enthusiasts enjoy).

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