I considered piecing a border for the SWRQ to accent the blocks. Yesterday I even constructed a sample block to see how it would go. Sure it would have meade the quilt a lot more interesting. Maybe. I considered how I would quilt a pieced border and decided that straight borders would be best.
In order to have a nice drop at the edge of the bed, I wanted to add 12 inches to each side. Twelve inches is a whole lot of negative space. Sure I could add interest with quilting. I am not confident enough to tackle that.
Instead I decided to divide up the twelve inches with a one inch strip of the darker blue. Sounds simple enough. Two six in strips with a one inch strip in the middle. Not so.
In the past I have cut my strips to the correct width and just added them on the each side, trimmed them off and added the border top and bottom. This time I followed the directions from my One Block wonder book.
She measures the center of her quilt tops, cuts the border that length and stitches them to fit. If the edge of the quilt is a bit longer, she eases the border to fit.
That worked well for the first two borders. I went back to the 201-1D for the long seams. The machine is so quiet and sews so straight. The 301 is FAST but the 201 is straighter. I am thinking that the 301 needs some feed dog adjustment It certainly needs some motor lube It is starting to whine, just occasionally.
I had had enough of horsing the quilt around. It was getting bigger and bigger with each border addition.
For the last two borders, I measured the center of the quilt and sewed the two borders to each
other before sewing to the quilt. That worked great for the sides. (I did pin this before stitching)
Looking back, I see that I measured correctly. You might not be able to see in this photo, but the measurement is supposedly 42.5 ( the quilt edge starts at 1 inch on the dumb end). Forty two and one half times two equals eight five. I made my top and bottom border pieces eighty five.
I fixed it by making a square in each corner.
One more thing. In my quest for the perfect ergonomic cutter, I found the Martelli. Linda had mentioned it. I bought one. I rather like it.
There is a left handed one too. I think I might just get one of those, too.