Butted T – Top Border

 Butted T-Top borders are a quick, neat finish
for the edge of a quilt.

A butted “T-Top” border requires less fabric than a mitred border

Measure the longest sides of the quilt top first.  Take 3 measurements and use the average measurement unless there is more than 1 cm variation in the measurements.

Measure the quilt in from the edges and in several places

Do not take the measurements on the edge of the quilt as the seams may have opened a little and will give a false result. Instead position the tape measure approximately 20 -30 cm in from the edge at both sides. Take the third measurement through the centre of the quilt.

If there is more than a 1cm variation in the measurements it means that the piecing seams are not even so go back to the quilt and adjust seams before adding the borders. 

When your quilt sits & hangs flat you will be pleased
that you took the time to do this.

Cut the two long borders to the “average” vertical unit measurement and desired width.

If it is necessary to join the strips to make a strip long enough for the border use a bias seam join. Bias seams create a diagonal line that tends to “trick” the eye so that the seam becomes less obvious.

Stitch the borders to the quilt top by matching registration points – divide each length of border into quarters and pin match to quarter positions on quilt top. This helps to prevent buckles and waves occurring as you stitch because you have an even amount of fabric to ease together in each quarter of the length of the quilt.

Ease the borders to the quilt raw edges by matching “quarters”

Press seams towards the borders.

Measure, cut and apply horizontal borders in same manner. This time including the vertical borders when measuring the quilt.

If using several borders in the butted “T” method put number one border on all  edges before adding border number two etc

When making multiple borders always work in the same order each time so that all the “T” joins face same way on each corner.


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