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Problem with borders- not straight

Old 09-26-2017, 04:42 AM
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Hi everyone, I have a problem.
I made a quilt 60x60 to put on a wall. Charisma quilted it for me. (beautifully of course)
The border isn't straight. It's a wide black border.
I don't know what to do. I was getting ready to put the binding on and then hang it
but I don't think it's going to look right as is. If I trim it to be straight it won't look right.

Any ideas?
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Old 09-26-2017, 04:49 AM
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can you show a photo?
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:15 AM
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[ATTACH=CONFIG]581228[/ATTACH] Here it is.........
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Hard to tell by the photo but it's bowed
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:19 AM
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it only looks like the one at the top is wavy. did you cut it the exact length and pin in center and ends and then pin in between? that helps a lot. you may have to spritz the quilt and then block. or remove that border and trim and re sew.
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Old 09-26-2017, 05:20 AM
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I don't remember- it's been a couple of years. I may just take the black border off. Thanks for looking at it.
All the borders are wavy
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You may be able to block it. I have successfully blocked quilts with bowed borders. I have a design wall, but you could do this on a carpeted floor or head to a home supply store to purchase 1 or 2 sheet of insulation foam (it comes in 4' x 8' sheets.

i put a white sheet on my design wall and then use a water soluble marker to mark a square/ rectangle that is larger than the quilt. Use your biggest square ruler to make sure all 4 corners are true 90degree angles.

then lay your quilt outn your prepared surface, pinning it as you go and using the square you marked as a rough guideline. Next spray water on the quilt until it is damp all the way through-- you don't need to get it sopping wet.

once it is damp begin to gently stretch it toward the edges that you marked and pin it to the surface as you go. You may need to go around the perimeter of the quilt several times before you get it good and square. Let it dry overnight.

hope that helps.

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Old 09-26-2017, 05:34 AM
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Thanks, Rob. I have a feeling it happened when I made the mitered border. I'm not very good at them.
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It could be because the quilting in the center is denser than the quilting in the border. Denser quilting causes the fabric to draw together more. And because it seems to bow up in the center of each border it seems logical to me. I don't think it had anything to do with your mitered corners.
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Try spritzing it with water and blocking it first. If that doesn't help, you might try adding 4 more borders QAYG but do them wonky so the whole piece is angled and the borders less noticable.
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