Time to add the brown narrow border strips around the basket quilt. I knew I would have some problems with it because of the half square triangles around the edges of the quilt but it gave me more trouble than I thought it would – I don’t usually have so much of a problem with bias edges.
This was it this morning on the table –ripples mainly on the sides. I have the table stretched out full size so I have a good space to work on.
After I added the borders – after carefully measuring and easing in I still had a lot of ripples – I didn’t want to take it all apart and start over so I did something that I read about once but never tried. I pinned it to the carpet and stretched it taunt to try to ease out all the ripples. Then you spray it with a spray bottle of water and get the outside border and about the first row of squares very wet – let it dry and re-pin if needed and ease more of the ripples out which I did – and spray it again, let it dry.
Now this looks like the same picture but it isn’t – while it is on the floor after it is pretty dry press it with a hot iron and make sure those ripples are out. Then unpin it and press it on the floor again. There might have been a few pins in it here and there when I took the photo I can’t tell, but it is laying pretty flat now. I was really pleased with this experiment! I wish I could remember where I read about it but for the life of me I can’t and I’m just glad it popped up in my mind.
Then I took it to the table and folded it in half everything is now pretty much flat and what isn’t will be able to be eased in much better for the next border. I purposely made the border a little wider than I wanted it so I could square it all up when done – I will probably be cutting about a half inch off all around. Linking to Kokaquilts: Sew stitch snap and Esther’s Quilt Blog.
Like I say I have never tried this method before and don’t know if any of you have tried it. If you do not have a carpet maybe it can be taped tight to the floor? Don’t know. I’m just glad it worked pretty well. I’m not trimming it until today as I wanted to leave it lay out overnight and see if the ripples came back LOL – best to know in advance. I will start the next border today I think. Right now the quilt top is 68 inches square – I will be trimming off a little so it will be a little smaller before the next border is on. I’m still thinking about the next border and not quite sure what I’m doing – you will when I figure it out!
Here in Arkansas we should start to get the rain from the hurricane any time now – little at first like today and then picking up by Thursday and Friday – the weather is still uncertain but our area will be getting anywhere from 1-4 inches of rain – nothing like Texas! Good luck to all of you in the storm areas I know blogging is the last thing on your minds, I have some readers in South Texas and will be glad when they are able to get their blogs updated so we know they are all ok.