Since then I have learned to sew border strips together lengthwise first, then attach them to the quilt top using mitered corners. The result is crisp and tidy. This is the border I put on the RWB quilt in my previous post. I think you might like the result.
- Gather 3 fabric strips (I suggest you use three 2" x 30" strips of three different fabrics and a 12"-18" square of scrap fabric to practice and gain confidence with the technique before trying this on your next quilt).
- Sew the three 2" strips together lengthwise.
- Cut 30" length into two 15" segments.
- Press the seams to the center fabric strip on one 15" segment, and away from the center fabric on the other 15"segment
- Sew the 15" segments onto adjoining sides of your 12"-18" practice square. Do not sew all the way to the corner, leave about 1/4" free at end where the strips meet.
- Fold one strip back at 45 degree angle. See photo below.
- Fold second strip back at 45 degree angle to match. Make sure the seams of border strips are pressed in opposite directions so the strips nest. Press.
- Carefully turn over, pin strips together.
- Sew on folded mark from outer edge to inner corner.
- Open and admire your handiwork. Trim seam.
- Repeat these steps on other corners of quilt top.