A couple weeks ago we covered pressing your blocks (and quilts). Now to the important part of getting a perfectly flat border…
The first step is to measure your quilt from edge to edge (including the seam allowances). Write the measurement down. (Check both dimensions even if the quilt is square.) If you have different measurements on a square quilt, take an average.
My piece measured 14 1/4″. Divide this number by 2 making your cutting number 7 1/8. Keep this number handy.
Cut ALL borders parallel to the selvage (lengthwise grain) the width you choose. This prevents warping of the borders and will keep your quilt flat. Fold your borders in the middle. (You can stack a couple at a time if you wish.) Measure out from the fold your divided number.
Here is the important part… Cut out from the fold using a 45 degree ruler.
Sew the borders onto the quilt top stopping at the 1/4″ mark.
Lastly, stitch the borders together, taking care not to catch in the corners of the quilt.
Turn your quilt over and give it a final press. Lovely, flat borders and NO STRETCHING! Your quilt will be an award winner! Feel free to share these tips with your quilt making friends.