A Little Border Basic

When I first started machine quilting back in 2004, I looked all over for a mathematical way to figure out borders. Something that would work all the time on every border. Unfortunately, I could not find one. I thought I would share with you how I figure out an undulating spine that goes around the entire quilt. I have found that it is best to mark these before you load the machine on the frame.

Click here for the video of how I figure out this spine!

You can use this spine for ferns, flowers, feathers… really any thing or maybe just to divide up your border or space to do different fills on either side. I’d love to know how you measure and mark your borders. Leave it in the comments below!

2 thoughts on “A Little Border Basic

  1. In a class with Judy Severson, she recommended using dinner plates! A quilt top was laid out flat on the floor and a series of dinner plates was placed along one leg of the quilt, corner to corner. The undulating line was drawn over and under the plates to define the spine. It’s still my favorite method, because I can move the plates around easily to get a good idea of spacing before I draw my line. But I am not a stickler for precision and using measurements to place the spine is probably better for accuracy.

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