Several people have asked me how I’m I going to do this border and can I share how to do it. I am in no way an expert at written tutorials and I am not a teacher! But I love to take photos and if you learn by photo tutorials as I do maybe this will help you. So step by step how I got my first border glue basted in place. As you can see I start by covering my table – the lines on the mats do not have to match up they are not being used – this is to protect my table from glue. I had Mike help me stretch out the table to the full length and then he took off and I got busy. There are a lot of photos in this post.
I took one border (the bottom or the top) and press the whole thing. Then I measured one inch out and press and fold – this will be my glue basting line so the piece will be straight.
When I was done with that I folded the piece lengthwise and pressed the middle so I would have a line to center.
Next I use my binding clips and making sure I had the cutting matts centered in such a way that they came over the edge of the table a little bit (it is about an inch and a half larger then the table is) I used binding clips to have the fabric fairly taunt.
Next with little bits of masking tape I taped here and there to keep the piece from moving. You can see the pressed line to even your hexies to.
center your hexie piece and I stabilize with old flat irons – they come in so handy – they are just so heavy! I have the edge of the hexies sitting on the pressed one inch line.
Aren’t these irons cool – I have the 3 shown but I thought I had 4 I couldn’t find one – where did it go. Sometimes I use them on the book cases to hold books up. Found them all at antique stores or flea markets usually about $6-12.
I left my papers in on the very outer row and they will come out later.
Using Roxanne Glue Baste It or washable glue of your choice start to glue the edges – I could only do about a half of this piece at a time as squeezing the bottle hurt my arthritic thumb – do as much as you can when using the glue bottle and rest. I fold the piece back like this while I use the glue then make sure it is lined up and press down – put one of the irons in place to hold it flat take a break and start the next section.
Gradually it all got done and I lined up the irons and let it set for awhile to dry – I had to go out for awhile and then ended up out almost all afternoon – Mike and I met Melanie for lunch to celebrate her new job – after two years as the bookmobile librarian part time at the library she is now fulltime Children’s Librarian over a whole department – she is in 7th heaven – her dream job – after 20 years in retail she is happy. She hated retail.
If you need to line up more stuff to weigh the piece down as I did before I took off use what you have – I could have pulled out heavy cans from the pantry shelf and it would have worked.
When I got back late afternoon I put everything away – the piece had been dry for hours most likely – I added some flat flower pins to make sure it didn’t come apart just in case – some pieces could pop up the glue doesn’t always hold 100% after all. Use matching thread and applique to the border. I will applique leaving about two hexies on each end so when it comes time to add the borders on the sides and miter the corners I will have room to work and then stitch those corners down last. I use a tiny whip stitch not a blind stitch – you applique as you wish – you could machine stitch if you want – I want this quilt to be by hand so I am hand stitching. I hope this can help any of you that need help visualizing how to do this. I kind of just make up my rules as I go – I do not make a quilt with the intention of every entering a show – I could care less about entering shows but I do appreciate all of you that do. I like to have fun with my quilts and perfection is not for me nor is the stress of wanting a quilt perfect. I don’t mind mistakes. Always keep in mind that my tutorials are just the way I do things and some professionals might think my way is crazy LOL. Linking to Tweety Loves Quilting today.