Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 89

Thread: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.......wavy borders!!

  1. #1
    Junior Member Corry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Okeechobee, Florida
    Posts
    287
    This is the second quilt I have done that I have wavy borders!! I made a Christmas quilt last year and could not quilt it cause the sides of the quilt were so wavy. I figured that was cause my flying geese were not squared. Now this quilt I have been real careful with and everything was fine till I did the last border and I tried laying it down on the livingroom floor to take a photo and it won't lay flat. I have been working on this quilt since May and finally completed it and was so excited but now I am so disapointed. I read in the achives about how to do borders and measured the center of the quilt and all but I don't know what I did wrong. Makes me want to stop trying to quilt. I do really well till I get to the borders. I am sending a photo with this message so you can see the wavy border...along the bottom of the quilt you can see the ripples where it won't lay flat. :-(
    Attached Images Attached Images

  2. #2
    Cyn
    Cyn is offline
    Super Member Cyn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Jacksonville NC
    Posts
    6,761
    Blog Entries
    17
    I think it is perfect!

  3. #3
    Super Member Quiltforme's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Beautiful Washington state!
    Posts
    3,341
    I saw somewhere a lady made it look like there was a false seam. that might help. Sorry all that beautiful work. Maybe when you quilt it it would lay flat??

  4. #4
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Oh shoot. Here, this will make you realize it takes a while to get really good. Practice, practice!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzoL7ddTEnA

  5. #5
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,194
    are these mitered?

  6. #6
    Junior Member Corry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Okeechobee, Florida
    Posts
    287
    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    are these mitered?
    Yes..they are mitered corners. Could this be my downfall?

  7. #7
    Super Member RkayD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    1,841
    Honestly... its so beautiful no one but you will notice. =)

  8. #8
    Junior Member Corry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Okeechobee, Florida
    Posts
    287
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Oh shoot. Here, this will make you realize it takes a while to get really good. Practice, practice!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzoL7ddTEnA
    Well watching that video did make me feel a little bit better cause my waves are not near as bad as some of the ones in that video. But this can't be quilted like this can it? I just can't stand knowing it has something major wrong with it. I can deal with the little minor imperfections and know that quilts are not going to be perfect but I just can't figure what I am doing wrong....

  9. #9
    Power Poster sueisallaboutquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Ohio
    Posts
    17,462
    Corry, I also think it's beautiful but if you're not happy you're not happy! I hope you can quilt it out.

  10. #10
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Tennessee
    Posts
    1,216
    Beautiful quilt and I bet you can quilt that out!

  11. #11
    Super Member Candace's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Outer Space
    Posts
    9,839
    Are you stretching the fabric as you're sewing? I would use a cotton batting and when you quilt it and shrink it up, I think you'll like it better.

  12. #12
    Super Member suezquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Cashton WI
    Posts
    1,149
    Before borders~
    lay quilt out flat
    measure across the quilt in 3 areas, top, middle and bottom.
    lets say it is 50-51-52 inches
    I would cut 2 borders out at 51" (average of the 3 measurements)
    pin and sew.
    Repeat the same on the next border... should help square up a quilt.

  13. #13
    Super Member suezquilts's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Cashton WI
    Posts
    1,149
    As a quilter, I would take the borders off and fix it. I have seen where there were 9" of extra border in a quilt.
    Quilting this out is hard with out pleating the quilt.

  14. #14
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    TX
    Posts
    289
    Blog Entries
    1
    I am pretty sure "You can quilt that OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think it is beautiful.

  15. #15
    Super Member Treasureit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    OC, CA
    Posts
    2,938
    I am no expert, by any means, but I am guessing it could be the mitered corners. If you flatten it out with your hand where do most of the waves seem to be? Near the corners or all along? If you can play with it and figure out a way to adjust the corners that might help. Use that seam riper and try again.

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    70
    Blog Entries
    1
    I think it looks better than you think, but I can see a ripple in the bottom border. Did you measure the top, middle and bottom & divide by 3? That is how I was taught. I would rip out the bottom border, remeasure it and cut off the extra (it only appears to be an inch or so) and sew it back on. Its a very pretty quilt and don't give up on quilting.

  17. #17
    Senior Member Shelley's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Wilbur, WA
    Posts
    762
    I see it. Hmmm....

    First, when you have busy fabrics in the border, just do a straight border. No one is ever going to notice that you worked so hard! Save that effort for when it will show.

    If you measured before you sewed, make sure you use lots of pins. I mark, with pins, where the middle and quarter points are on both the base of the quilt and on the border. I put the base of the quilt with the border and match up the pins. I add more pins in between. If there is some fullness in either the base or the border I try to keep it where it is - don't move the fullness somewhere else.

    Now, if all that didn't work, I'm going to swear you to secrecy:

    Try starch, sizing or Best Press. Soak the offending area, and use an iron to press it into submission.

    After that, you'll want to 'quilt to death' that border. It will suck up extra fabric and keep it where you want it. Piano keys and bead board (piano key with two line about 1/4" away from each other) also help suck up extra fabric and look great on busy fabrics. If you try to do just a little bit of quilting, it will look lumpy after it is washed, so quilt it down!

    Once you're done, the quilt will look great. Make sure you let us know if these tricks work for you, and SHHHHH!!!!

    HTH!!

  18. #18
    Senior Member renee765's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    955
    First of all - DO NOT STOP QUILTING BECAUSE OF WAVY BORDERS!

    Second of all - maybe you are just showing how clever you are. If any of us want wavy borders, we'd need you to show us how to do it. And why wouldn't we want wavy borders - they add dimension to your quilt!

    Third of all - that's a gorgeous quilt that you can be proud of. So the border is a little wavy. Show me a quilt that's perfect and I'll show you a quilter who's a heck of a lot better than I am!

    Lastly - be proud of what you have accomplished, consider the advice you get from this board, and on your third quilt just don't use a wide border. Problem solved.

  19. #19
    Super Member Farm Quilter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Odessa, Washington
    Posts
    1,907
    Shelley gave you excellent advice! I have found that mitered borders have a tendency to be wavier then the straight borders, but not always! I agree with Shelley though, you can quilt that out with heavy quilting in the borders. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  20. #20
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    15,774
    Blog Entries
    2
    other than taking them off and remeasuring and resewing them on, you could take the seam out from the center toward the corners till you come to areas that are not wavy, then take a seam in the center to make it fit. then resew back on.
    usually you measure the quilt top in the middle-that will be the measurement of the top and bottom borders. then later measure the length down the center, that will be the measurements of the side borders. just add seam allowances. place the borders on, matching centers and corners and pin. then sew.

  21. #21
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    It doesn't look like a big "wave". I think you can quilt it out.

  22. #22
    Super Member dglvr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Eastern Washington
    Posts
    3,997
    I like Shelley's advice. Of course she is my quilter and does miracles on my quilts.
    I've learned to pin pin pin. Also starch starch starch. And measure.
    Don't give up, no no no.
    Your quilt is beautifal. You did a fantastic job on it. :thumbup:

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Saskatchewan, Canada
    Posts
    442
    Blog Entries
    22
    Your quilt looks wonderful!

  24. #24
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Roswell, NM
    Posts
    1,636
    Your quilt looks beautiful but I can see some ruffling where you pointed it out. I have found that using the HST border sometimes creates too much fullness in the next border even when you think the squares are perfect. What I have done is stay-stitch the edge of the HST's being careful not to stretch at all. Then measure for your next border and attach. Hope this helps.

  25. #25
    Senior Member connie_1936's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    mesa and payson, arizona
    Posts
    805
    Blog Entries
    3
    had the same thing happen to me recently. it was the mitered corners. i had to take out the miters and redo them. i had about 1 inch too much fabric in the corners. the small ripples that were left i was able to steam out. don't move the quilt until the fabric cools or it can strech again. good luck

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.