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Thread: First time I added borders to the front and back of a quilt

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    First time I added borders to the front and back of a quilt

    Hi, I am in the process of quilting an appliqued and pieced quilt for my Granddaughter Sophia. I put border's on the front and back of the quilt.. I worked so hard measuring and making the front and back similar size, so I could quilt feathers in the border. Well I'm quuilting the feathers and to my disappointment the quilt borders no longer match up at all. The quilting obviously changed things around. What do I do now. Should I have just added the border's to the back later on after much quilting has been done and squared up the back then? This is the first time I have used border's on the back of the quilt and I am not happy with the results.
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    I have put borders on the backing of most of my quilts. When I am pinning the sandwich together, I stick a strait pin thru each corner inside the border of the quilt top to make sure it matches up with the backing border to assure the backing border ends up the same all around. I pin baste with extra care that these points are secure.

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    I think what you did was a great idea. I've done similar things to the back... Tried to make the center of the quilt perfectly centered on the back... My backs are always pieced, and sometimes I have blocks that, if they matched up to the top, they look really cool with the quilting. Anyway..... I might suggest you pin along the borders and make sure they match up on both sides, like when you're matching points on blocks, then give yourself room to quilt within the borders. Don't quilt right up to the edges.

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    How did you baste your quilt? That could make a difference.

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    I did what the suggestions were and I did not use extra pins, things changed around after quilting by the time I got around to quilting the borders. This is just an uneven mess.
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    Oh, I feel your pain!! Hope you can fix this to your satisfaction - just remember that most people never look at the back so maybe no one will every notice.

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    The only time I have done a border front and back, I quilted the border before attaching to the main quilt section. That way, by pattern was the same on both sides of the border. Mind you, that was only a lap top so may not be an option on something much bigger.

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    If you are wanting to know what you can do with your present project, if you post a pic or two, maybe there is a solution that the members could help you figure out.

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    The back should always be a bit bigger than the front. I've added borders to backs, as well as fronts. As long as the back is bigger, it shouldn't be a problem. Good luck. Please don't be disappointed because you tried something new and it hasn't turned out exactly as planned. Try, try again! Good luck!
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    Oh, I feel bad for you! This has happened to me too.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I am interested in what quiltingloulou said about quilting the borders separate and then attaching, but how do you attach them to the quilt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace creates View Post
    I am interested in what quiltingloulou said about quilting the borders separate and then attaching, but how do you attach them to the quilt?
    Probably with a QAYG (Quilt As You Go) technique. I found this website that shows one method:
    http://www.thequiltingedge.com/2011/...g-borders.html

    With the above method, you do need to be careful to leave enough area unquilted to be able to attach the next border.
    Last edited by Prism99; 08-19-2013 at 05:37 PM.

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    Yes, it is using the QAYG method. I just left a small area particularly on the inner side of the border in order to attach to the main portion.

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    In the quilting process the pieced(top) will stretch ever so slightly, while the back, being primarily a whole cloth does not have that stretch. Cut a square of fab the same size as block and pull on both.....there will be more " play" in the pieced block......this is the reason L/A ask for larger back......and the more intense the quilting, the more the back is pulled in. So, although, I have never put a border on the back, nor have any of my clients, actually I would not attempt doing that for myself or others. I would suggest you make you center smaller and you border bigger...the
    beauty of the quilt should be the pieced side.

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    I hate when that happens. I put a border on my backing . When I started sandwiching I forgot I needed to make sure the borders needed to be together. After quilting I noticed it. Second time I messed up a quilt like this. I am going to stop piecing backs like that. Since I give most of my quilts away I am going to ignore it. No fix for it now that it is quilted.
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