Should I square up my quilt before adding borders?
Once your piece is quilted, you need to make the edges even and square before adding your binding. It is easier and more accurate to trim the quilt sandwich if the three layers are sewn together at the edge. Otherwise, the bottom layer can shift and you end up with edges that are not the same.
How wide should a quilt border be?
Borders should be in proportion to the size of the finished quilt. As a general rule of thumb, a small wall hanging should have a border of less than 6″ while a king-size quilt can handle a 12″ to 14″ border. Borders that are too wide diminish the quilt center design.
Why are my quilt borders wavy?
You may be stretching the quilt itself or your binding fabric. Pulling on either of these can result in one being slightly longer than the other and causing the quilt edges to wave.
Do you quilt before binding?
Binding a quilt is the final step in finishing. Before you bind, you need to somehow “quilt” your quilt. This means to attach the front and back, with batting in between.
How do you square a wide quilt backing?
Squaring up your Quilt Backing
Fold your backing in half on this seam with selvedge edges together at the other end. Smooth it out so that the fold is nice and flat and there are no wrinkles. Pressing is important. Standing at the seam fold, fold again from right to left.