10: Part 1 of a 3 part serieris on Borders. Fitting a pieced
border to a quilt takes a little prior planning. Using Quilt-Pro, there are many
ways to adjust the border.
3 Part Border Series by Frank Smith
Part 1: Fitting Pieced Borders
Part 2: Creating a Pieced Border
Part 3: Working with problem border blocks to make them symmetrical and other
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10: Fitting Pieced Borders
1 of a 3 part article.
With the large amount of information
discovered using Quilt-Pro 3, I have found the need to split the information on
pieced borders into two general topics. The first is fitting the border to the
quilt which will be covered in Tip 10 and the second is how the border will look
in your quilt to be covered in Tip 11. This will cover the library borders and
those you draft. If you haven’t gone through the information in Chapter 9 and
pages 70 through 74 of the version 3 manual it will help you understand the basics
and I have tried to use the same terminology.
Fitting a pieced border to a quilt
takes a little planning. Using Quilt-Pro, there are many ways to adjust the size
of the border to get your desired effect. You can adjust the length or width
of the border repeat. You can adjust the number of repeats per side in both the
horizontal and vertical direction. You can also adjust the quilt to fit the border
by inserting a plain border between the pieced border and the quilt. Lastly, if
you really want to make the ultimate adjustment you can adjust the size of your
blocks so that by placing them in the quilt, the quilt will fit the selected border
Adjust the length or width of the border repeat
the length or width of a border repeat is usually done in the design phase. First
the width of the pieced border is determined by the designer based on esthetic
values, ie. You look at your quilt and say I think the border ought to be about
yea wide. Deciding the repeat is a little more scientific. I am a firm believer
that the repeat on blocks with all four side being identical should be the same
as the width. This will result in one square being one repeat in either the horizontal
or vertical direction. In blocks that do not have all four sides identical the
repeat should be as short as possible to accommodate the design but generally
not smaller than the width of the border. We will discuss this later when fitting
borders but generally the shorter the repeat the smaller the adjustment we must
make to get a perfect fit with minimum distortion to the border pattern.
Note: We have acknowledged that
the pieced border will probably be distorted so this is a good time for the first
ALWAYS PRINT PIECED BORDER TEMPLATES FROM THE QUILT.
Inserting thin plain borders to adjust the quilt size.
addition to separating the blocks of the quilt from the pieced border the thin
plain border can be used to adjust the size of the quilt to ease fitting the pieced
Designing quilt block sizes to fit selected border.
the sizes of the quilt blocks and or sashes/inner borders so the quilt is perfectly
matched to a multiple of the repeat.
Adjustment of number of repeats.
is what I call the final fitting and is used in conjunction with the first three
adjustments to give the least distortion to the border pattern. There are three
ways to adjust the number of repeats. You may enter the settings in the Border
Tab of the Quilt layout settings dialogue box or in the Border Fitting dialogue
box. (See Figures 1 and 2.)