Design wall Monday 12/31

Well, today is the last day of 2012. I didn’t finish as many of my projects this year as I had hoped to, but, I guess that leaves me plenty of things to work towards finishing next year! LOL!!

Yesterday I decided to start a new project. My friend Barb made a quilt from blue jeans and I’m getting ready to quilt it for her, so I decided to make one while I have hers to look at. She told me how to make it, but I like having something to look at.
I’m still cutting up blue jeans but I had to sew a few blocks…..



It might not look like much now, but there’s more to it. 😉 Barb plans to offer the pattern on her blog as soon as she gets it up and running. I might show you Barbs after I get it quilted. 🙂

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Adding borders

As a long arm quilter, I see this all the time. That is borders that are wider than the center of the quilt. Do you really want an hour glass shaped quilt? If you have a good quilter, she’ll work them in. But really now, wouldn’t it be better to do it right from the start????

I always lay the quilt top out and bring the bottom and top to the center of the quilt. The left sides are even.


But look what happens on the right side.


With accurate measuring, this could have been avoided. This quilt will go bak to its owner nice and square, but I will have to work that excess into the quit, whereas proper measuring would have avoided the excess. So the lesson here is always measure the center of the quilt and cut the borders that size. Both vertically and horizontally. Your quilter will appreciate it! 🙂

Have a good one!