How do I choose a border for my quilt?

How wide should my borders be on my 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.

Should quilt borders be cut on the bias?

As long as your quilt is smaller than the width of your fabric, which is 45”, you can do it in single, one cut strips, but if your quilt is larger than that you’ll want to cut your borders at a bias.

Should quilt borders be cut crosswise or lengthwise?

Should the borders be cut across the grain or along the lengthwise grain of the fabric? A: Although you might think you’re saving fabric by cutting across the grain (from selvage to selvage), it’s best to cut lengthwise. When you cut crosswise, the fabric edge will have a little more stretch.

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