How to Apply Perfectly Square Quilt Borders – Without Waves or Puckers!

September 22, 2014

Today I want to share a video tutorial that Michelle and I filmed this week about our favorite method of adding borders to a quilt.

Click the image below to check it out. With a little simple math, you can accurately put on borders and avoid getting wrinkles and puckers in your quilt.


Before I started longarm quilting, I had no idea that there was a special way put on borders.  I just pieced the quilt top, meaured the sides of the quilt, cut the borders and slapped them on. Lo and behold, many of the quilts I made ended up with gentle, undulating waves throughout those spontaneously stitched borders.

Gentle waves are lovely in the ocean, but not so lovely on a quilt top.

When they appear, they do not bode well for your final stage of quilting, whether on your DSM or longarm.

If your quilt is being finished by a longarmer, there are basically three painful options:

1) The longarmer can take the borders off and reapply them at their hourly rate (yikes).

2) The client can take the quilt back and reapply the borders (double yikes).

3) The longarmer can quilt pleats into the borders to mask the extra fullness (triple yikes, for some, not such a big deal for others, depending on your level of perfectionism).

We hope you find this tutorial helpful. Let us know if you have any questions!

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  • Reply 468 Ironwood Drive September 22, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you for border video!!! Great advice and I will now be using your technique! I passed it onto my quilting friends!

  • Reply melintheattic September 25, 2014 at 1:18 am

    You are so charming! I love that you squeezed this in before pickup. Real and human and awesome. Most of all, useful. Thanks!

  • Reply Rachel Dreher October 2, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Great tutorial! I’ve been doing this method for a few years now and it works perfectly every time!

  • Reply Stephanie November 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    This was a really helpful video! I am about to add a boarder to a twin size quilt-top. On a longer top, should I take more than three measurements? Also, I would love to see a video about squaring up a quilt top! Thanks Stephanie!

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