Sewing the Borders:
1. You’re going to take your quilt top and take 3 measurements.
Measurement 1: Measure the left (long) side. Write that down.
Measurement 2: Measure the right (long) side. Write that down.
Measurement 3: Fold the quilt in half, and measure that length. Write that down.
2. Add all 3 numbers together, and then divide by 3 to get the average.
3. Once you have your average, you’ll take your 1 yard of fabric for your small border, and cut that into 2.5 inch strips. You will probably need 2 strips for each side border.
For example: My quilt measured, 73.5, 72.6, 73. My average was 73. I cut my borders, and they were each 41 inches. I sewed two together (using the method below), to make them 82, and then cut them to be 73 inches.
4. Pin your border along one of the long sides. Make sure to do this since we took the average number, and it may be slightly longer/shorter and you’ll need to make sure to get it all fitted. This will help the quilt lay flatter in the end. So it’s important to get that pinned well.
5. Once you have sewn your border on, press it really well, and repeat step 4 with the other side of the quilt.
6. Repeat step 1-5, but with the top, bottom, and then the quilt folded in half.
7. Once all of the small borders are on, repeat step 1 again exactly as written to get the new measurement with the small border.
8. Cut the large border fabric in strips that are 4.5 inches wide. These will be about 41 inches long again, so you’ll need to use 2 borders for each side. Again, use the method shown below to hide the seam slightly better.
9. Repeat steps 4 – 6.