Hello Friends, I finished a quilt for shipment over the weekend. This quilt is a little different than the ones I normally do because it is a quilt without borders. The border-less quilts have gain popularity lately, and I have been requested to make several of them this year — stay tuned for announcement of official features!
Quilting border-less quilts presents different challenges in that the assuring thought of trimming off the borders to square up the quilt after quilting is NOT there. So it is of paramount importance that your pieced quilt top is squared up and flat even before quilting.
Here are a few tips for quilting border-less quilt using a domestic machine:
1. I found that using batiks that are of higher thread count instead of regular cotton helps with maintaining the square-ness of the quilt. I have made border-less quilts with both types of fabrics. With the regular cotton fabrics, I just make sure I starch my fabrics and block patches during the construction process.
2. Use a lighter weight batting for easy maneuver — I use silk instead of cotton (I actually already use almost exclusively silk anyway).
3. Before I quilt, I also trim my batting and backing even with the quilt top, and zig zag around the quilt corners with loose zig zigs. That tends to keep the corners from getting wonky being pulled in the quilting process.
4. Simple quilting scheme that doesn’t require you to pull and scrunch your quilt in all possible directions that will end up distorting the square-ness of your quilt. Simple grid-quilting along the major straight lines of the quilt works really well. Normally border-less quilts tend to look more contemporary, so it is okay to not quilt feathers. :) As much as I adore feathers, I become Ms. Practical when it comes to quilting border-less quilts. [Now, it is not the end of the world if your quilt is distorted in the quilting process. You can always wet your quilt and tweak and pull and shape the squareness of the quilt that way. I just choose not to have to fight that battle.]
5. I quilt with slightly longer stitches when quilting in the ditches when it comes to quilting border-less quilts. I find that there is less puckering, thus the square-ness of the quilt is preserved.
I hope these tricks make quilty sense to you. I am sorry I don’t have any pictures to show you because none of my border-less quilts are officially published yet!
So, what is your feeling toward quilts without borders?
Before you leave, do also tell me how your Christmas is shaping up. Guess what I will be doing burning the midnight oil tonight…
Miss Baby was funny earlier this week when she discovered there is something in her stocking. Last year, I had to dump out the contents of her stocking for her. This year, all she is concerned about is that “there is some-bing in my stocking!”
Thanks for stopping by. I shall catch up with you later.