Don't miss the first four parts of this series:
Part 1: Equipment
Part 2: Choosing fabric
Part 3: Picking patterns
Part 4: Cutting and sewing a 9-patch block
Today we will talk about sashes and borders. A sash is a strip of fabric between blocks and a border is strips of fabric that surround the quilt. As far as sewing them, they're exactly the same, so pay attention!
If you've made it through part 4, you should have several 9 patch blocks.
For borders, continue just as with the sashes, only with one little additional step. Measure the edge you are adding the border to and THEN measure across the middle. They should be the same. However, they are often off just a bit. In this case, take the difference between the two and then divide it in half. For example, if your middle if 1" wider that the width of the bottom, add 1/2" to the bottom border. If it was 1" smaller, then you would take 1/2" off of the bottom border. At this point, it would be called easing to get it all to fit and you may have a tiny bit of puckering. But it would make the quilt lay flatter because the borders and middle of the quilt would be the same.
I normally apply borders to each side first. Then measure the top and bottom with the added side borders and apply them. It's common for borders to be a little bit wider than the sashing. However, borders are also optional and you don't even have to make them. It's your quilt!
I hope this helps. Next time we will have a guest talk about preparing your quilt for the quilter. I'll also have my borders on by then. How about you?