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Skinny borders are so small that it’s challenging to come up with effective, continuous and/or creative ways to quilt them. I personally also find it a challenge to think of something that does not need marking (on all sized borders). So today I am sharing with you designs I often use for skinny borders. They are listed below from the easiest designs to the most challenging (even though they are all basically easy!)
#1 The Curve
#2 The Curved Vine
#3 The Ribbon
(needs 2 lines of continuous quilting)
#4 The Double Echoed Curve
(needs 4 lines of continuous quilting)
#5 Double Filled Curve
(3 lines of continuous quilting needed)
#6 Ee's and O's
#7 Crazy Eights
#8 The Wave
#9 The Wave Spiral
(from right to left)
#10 The Tight Spiral Wave
*Please note: I would recommend stabilizing your small borders by stitching them in the ditch before quilting them so that they continue to look as straight as when you cut & sewed them to your quilt*
I know there are many, many more free motion design options but I just wanted to share with you a few of my "go to designs" and I hope I have inspired you for your small bordered quilts.
Happy Tuesday! 😊🌷
3/11/2018 06:20:20 pm
Hi, I am working on a twin sized quilt with 6 inch squares surrounded by 1 inch intersected sashing. Some of the sashing isn't perfectly straight; it is slightly off and that is why I am considering the ribbon curvy line stitching in the sashing. I am worried sewing in the ditch will accentuate the non straight borders. Any advice you can provide is greatly appreciated! Thanks, Jan
3/11/2018 08:35:39 pm
Hi Jan I would definitely keep it curvy and use curved lines rather than stitch in the ditch if you are worried about it not looking straight. I do recommend stitch in the ditch if borders look straight to begin with, to stabilize the sashing/borders. The curved lines will draw the viewers eye away from any skewed borders. Happy Quilting!
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Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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