Monday, October 29, 2012

Braid in a Day QAL Sashing and Borders

Woo hoo!  Are your braids complete?  Ready to attach the sashing and borders?

I realise now I failed to document how to measure for the sashing and borders.  And of course, now I am at quilt retreat, and can't find my photos that show measuring for said sashing and borders.  So I'll just have to write out the instructions and trust if they don't make sense, someone will say so in the comments!  And I'll add a tutorial on the subject in the future.

The only trick to measuring for sashing or borders is this:  measure in three places, but never right along the edge of the quilt (or braid, in our case).  I measure once across the approximate middle, once near (but not right at) the top, and again near (but not right at) the bottom.  This measurement may be different in all three places.  If it is, no worries, just average the measurement.  That is the length to cut your sashing/border.

Fold the border in half with the short ends together and pin to mark the middle.  Do the same with the quilt, along whichever edge you are attaching the border.  If the border is slightly shorter than the quilt, sew with the quilt on the bottom.  If the opposite is true, sew with the border on the bottom.  The feed dogs on your machine will automatically take up the ease in the larger piece.  In other words, always sew with a relaxed bottom!

I completed my quilt top in the wee hours just before I took off for quilt camp.  I know this quilt is not the same as the Braid in a Day pattern, so don't panic and freak out -- it is one of my UFO-tober projects.  Same theory, different layout!

Here I am holding my finished top over the railing at the lovely Idaho B&B where my quilt retreat was held:

I haven't forgotten that I promised you all a shopping report on Northern Utah and Idaho.  I just forgot how busy things are at quilt retreat -- I hope you'll come back this weekend to admire my Saturday Stash.

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  1. Glad to hear from you! No worries, have a blast at the retreat and enjoy ID for me, okay? ;)

    No, I'm not done with the braids. But I did get started sewing them together. I'm trying to keep up with the QAL! Thanks again for your tutorials!

  2. Heavens! Its huge! Looks great, have a blast at your quilt retreat.

  3. Glad you are safe. I'm not done with my braids either -- I got distracted by several other projects again, but they're coming along! (and I DID freak out when I saw your (beautiful) quilt -- so I was glad to hear that it wasn't supposed to look like the pattern I'm working on, lol.

  4. Echoing Sooli's comment - that is HUGE! And fabulous, well done, you :)

  5. My bottom is usually relaxed when I'm sewing...

    (I have no clue what the rest of your blog post is about) :)

    No, that's not really true. I got it. Measure 3x, fold in the, if I could ever get to the sewing machine to piece the blocks to GET to that point, I'd be happy!


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