Saturday, February 25, 2006
Cot Quilt - with borders!
Ta - Da! My "3-Times A Charm" Cot Quilt - with borders and all ready to go to my longarm quilter for her finishing magic! I first blogged about this quilt on Jan. 23rd and you can find the story behind the name, pattern and fabrics on that post.
This little quilt finishes up at 46" X 68" - I think a perfect size for a growing toddler. Bye the way, Little Boy really likes this one and was doing a happy dance all over it this morning - of course - while I had it spread on the floor and was pinning the final borders on. It truly is amazing that this top appears to be perfectly squared - I had a tiny bit of easing to do on 2 of the orange borders and about 1/4" of easing to do on one final black border and that is it!!!!
I use Bonnie's method of putting a border on (www.quiltville.com). I think her directions are clearer than mine, but in a nutshell... 1. Smooth the quilt out on the floor. 2. Roll your border out onto the middle of the quilt. 3. Put pins at the top and bottom - this is your center measurement guide. 4. Now, bring the border over to the side and pin to the quilt sides - using the top and bottom pins as your guides. It should line up perfectly or else you need to do a bit of easing in between those pins. This saves you all the hassel of taking 3 measurements of the top, averaging them, measuring the border, etc. etc. Yuck. I don't like to measure - so this method works perfectly for me! Basically, the idea is to get the outside edges of the quilt the exact same measurement as the middle of the quilt - this is so your quilt will quilt out flat. Believe me - your long arm quilter will thank you for square quilts!
Anyway, my very least favorite part of making a top has got to be the borders (not because they are hard, but because I find them a bit boring, I mean afterall - that is sewing time I could spend starting a new, exciting top right?), so I am very pleased to have my part finished!