One of my favorite things at my local quilt guild meetings is the Free Table! Yes, it’s every bit as wonderful as it sounds – all those quilters bring their crafty cast-offs for others to enjoy! I leave just about every meeting with a new-to-me pattern or piece of fabric, but sometimes I strike pay dirt! At our last meeting, I picked up a quilt top that was almost 100% complete!!
Please forgive the blurry pictures, I almost didn’t remember to take them at all! Now, I can’t lie – I would probably never have bought any of these fabrics on my own, but they remind me really strongly of my mother’s favorite dinnerware, so I grabbed it anyway! When I picked up the quilt top, there was a bunch of the white fabric with up, but just enough for the backing. I’d have had to piece several small pieces together to make each side of the border, so instead I went to the fabric store and found this directional fabric.
I decided just to use the dark strips from the pattern, so I cut them apart one at a time, making sure to leave a quarter-inch for my seam allowances.
I love the look of these linear prints with mitered corners, it makes me think of Provençal table linens – so here’s a little tutorial for you!
The first thing you need to know about mitered borders is that each length of border fabric needs to be extra long so you have plenty of overlap. Exactly how much extra really depends on the width of your borders. My borders are 4″‘ so I went with an extra 8-10″ on each end.
Second thing, start and end your stitching 1/4″ in from the edge. You’ll want to stitch all 4 borders on without any overlapping – each seam should end just about where the next one begins.
Press all of the seams the same direction – I like to go toward the borders, but it doesn’t really matter. Fold the quilt top in half and align the borders. This will make a fold at a 45 degree angle in the body of the quilt.
Use that angle to draw your seam line for the mitered corner, and stitch. Be careful not to overlap the stitching from the center of the quilt – that’s how you get pleats in your miters!
Open up your seams, and check your work! Make sure that you don’t have any holes, especially right near the corners, then trim off the excess fabric, and press open! Behold, a beautiful mitered corner!
I’m pretty happy with how this turned out – I think it has a future as a tablecloth! It’s not very square, all those bias edges got stretched out before they got to me, but I don’t really mind -it’s going on a round table anyway!
Enjoy your weekend!