Adding borders to a quilt, using one of the QAYG methods is nothing new. I first saw this method about twenty years ago, on the sewing video, Creative Strip Quilting by Nancy Zieman. When you see the simplicity of this method, you might be asking yourself.....WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THIS???.
Here is the back.....some of it was quilted before the back was added and some after. By doing it this way, some of the starts and stops that are characteristic of the "Stitch 'n Flip" method are hidden, under the backing. My sample is approximately 27" x 23" in size. It's important to remember to square up your center block. As with all the other QAYG tutorials I have put together I like to use a walking foot on my machine.
- Fabric for the front of the quilt (black fabric)
- Fabric for the back of the quilt (white striped fabric)
- batting (warm and natural)
Lay the fabric for the front of the quilt (black fabric), on top of the right side, of the quilt, along the edge, right sides together.
Next, lay the fabric for the back of the quilt (white striped fabric), on top of the back of the quilt, along the same edge, right sides together.
Be careful not to stretch your fabric....I like to use a fair number of pins for this step. Sew all the layers together using a generous 1/4 inch seam allowance
- black strip (right side of quilt)
- quilt that border is being added to
- white striped strip (back of quilt)
You are stitching, in the seam allowance, so nothing will show on the front or the back of the quilt.
Quilt Front.....detail of the zig zag stitching.
Now just flip the fabric strips, toward the batting, on the front and the back of the quilt and press. There is now only one layer of batting in the join.
At this point, I put some basting spray between the layers to keep them from shifting, during quilting.
The next step is to quilt the border as desired. The major advantage is that you are always quilting at the edge of the quilt. No more wrangling a huge quilt, under the arm of your sewing machine.