One more little bloggie before I am off to Minnesota. While daughter J. was here I came across a top in my closet that I did two years ago. It needed a border, but never got it. So it hung in the closet jammed between other unfinished works. After I brought it out to see the light of day again, I decided I really liked it and so I put on the previously planned red border. Then it looked boring. I messed around on EQ and like the simplist border the best. Yay! So I added two inch strips of various colors around the red border. They ranged in length between five inches and seven inches. Now I love it again. Funny how just a simple little detail can add so much. As I was attaching borders I realized that sewing those big lengths together is my least favorite part. I always worry that it will ruffle or not hang flat. I am so careful, but it is always a concern. I always try to cut border strips on the vertical grain line for less stretching. You need to buy extra fabric to do this, but it is worth it to me. As I cut the small strips for the border, I made an effort to cut them on the vertical grain line also. This method is one that I like to pass along when I am teaching. Probably most of you are already well aware of the difference the grain line can make, but since it was on my mind, I thought I would pass it along. I got a backing together and that baby is off to the quilters! I admire so many of you and the fine work you do with your machine quilting. That is not my thing, so let me tell you that your work is greatly appreciated by those of us who love to piece the tops and need you to bring them to life! In the photo you will see my wonderful quilter! She is working on someone elses quilt, but I let her do that sometimes.
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