Measuring Borders

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Measuring for borders

When attaching borders, first lay your quilt top on a flat surface. Measure the quilt down the center from raw edge to raw edge. Cut all your borders this length, easing the quilt to fit.

When easing in, put the larger piece on the bottom and let the feed dogs do the work of easing in the excess. If you machine has a built-in walking foot, remove it for this application. You don't want the fabric to feed evenly in this case.

For help in figuring fabric requirements for borders and more, check out our Math for Quilters booklet.


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