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Thread: Quilt top just finnished??

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    This is a quilt top I just finnished from a 30's block swap, for some reason my final border is a little wavey?? Any help as to what I did wrong ??
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    Top came out beautiful!! As far as the wave I am wondering if it has something to do with the difference in the give of the two different materials?
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    Not sure, was thinking maybe it's the vintage 30's fabric???

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    You may want to ask your quilt inspector-he seems intent on it :-)
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    The wave just adds character to your wonderful top.

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    I'm too inexperienced to be able to help with the border, but I do like your quilt top. Very nice! Looks like someone else likes it, too! :lol:

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    Your quilt top is so pretty!! :D Nice work.

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    Thanks ladies, yes my yorkie desided he had to walk on it??

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    Did you measure across the middle of the quilt and not the edge? If you measured the edge instead it could make your border wavy.
    Try measuring across the middle and easing in where needed to make it fit.
    I always heard that's what needed to be done but naturally I had to learn the hard way. lol

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    I love your quilt top!!! :D :D :D

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    I'm way too new to quilting to offer any guesses, but I do think it is very pretty! :mrgreen:

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    Very nice. :thumbup:

    With regards to the borders being a bit wavy, try pressing them with steam and starch. They should behave better. I'm going to assume you had the border fabric on top, as you were sewing them on. The extra weight of the quilt top hanging down below your sewing machine created a stretching effect on the quilt top, while the border fabric was not stretched at the same rate. This will cause some slight waviness. Also, check that the edges of both fabrics remained even and the seam is a consistent width.

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    It is a beautiful quilt.

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    Looks good to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    Very nice. :thumbup:

    With regards to the borders being a bit wavy, try pressing them with steam and starch. They should behave better. I'm going to assume you had the border fabric on top, as you were sewing them on. The extra weight of the quilt top hanging down below your sewing machine created a stretching effect on the quilt top, while the border fabric was not stretched at the same rate. This will cause some slight waviness. Also, check that the edges of both fabrics remained even and the seam is a consistent width.
    Thank you, this I did not know?? Learn something new everyday, I appreciate your help. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovingIzabella
    You may want to ask your quilt inspector-he seems intent on it :-)
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    Does this mean Brandon?? Haha!!!!

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    Very nice!

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    What a beautiful quilt. Love the layout.

    In regards to your border you have received some excellent suggestions. I would only add to divide your quilt side and border both into quarters and then match the divisions so any easing that must be done will be done gently the full length of the quilt.

    When I cut my borders I usually just lay the quilt out and put my border on top in the middle from side to side and then trim them to fit. Works a charm for me. No measuring tape necessary. But some people recommend that you do measure your quilt top in three places and then average them three measurements for the length of your border. Have I totally confused you yet?

    Bottom line - just keep practicing. Your next quilt will have fewer waves, I'm sure!

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    Very very pretty! Lets just say the waves gives it "movement" :)

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    I cut either way depending on the length that I need, I never have had wavy borders.
    Quote Originally Posted by Loretta
    I heard you must cut with the straight grain of the fabric for borders- and not cut across the wideth of the fabric. Does anyone know if this is true?

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    That is beautiful. I love the colors and fabrics. Great job.

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    Here are 2 links explaining your wavy borders. This has happened to me before.



    http://www.threadbearquilting.com/wavyborders.shtml



    http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/techni...-blocks_1.html

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    It's really pretty! And the other suggestions about the wavy border are spot on. Good luck!

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    Your quilt is beautiful! I want to make one like it.

    I do like Yvonne does. But I have a BIG table made just for cutting fabric & pinning borders on. I lay my top out on the table, put my border face down on it & pin A LOT! I trim off the end of the border. And my borders are always cut on the width of the fabric. No problems.

    We do longarm quilting & get a lot of friendly(wavy) borders. We try to give advice & information, even have the ladies over to show them how I do them. Then, we do our best with the ones we get. LOL
    Linda

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    Beautiful.

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