Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Skinny Border

There's not much about me that I consider 'skinny' but I have discovered a neat way to make very accurate and thin borders.

Anne had started a table runner with pink and blue scraps from Jane but was having trouble finding fabrics for borders to finish it. I took a long look at my stash and finally settled on a blue tone on tone border, but it still needed a little zip so I wanted to include a thin green border before the final blue one.

Quite some time ago I bookmarked this tutorial from Barb Robson on how to make a thin border but until now didn't think to use it. I love it! It's so perfect for such a narrow trim (1/4") and adds a nice extra shot of colour. The trick is sewing the outer border from the wrong side of the quilt so that you are able to keep a consistent distance from the first line of stitching.

And just to make things interesting, I backed with another green, this time a print. It's quilted with a blue/green variegated thread which adds a little life to the blue border in particular.

This runner will be added in with the two little quilts that I'm shipping off this week and will make for a happy little threesome. It was a bit of a surprise project but it's nice to have it finished off so quickly. More skinny borders in my future, I'm sure....M


Monica said...

Thanks for the tip, Marie! I have a couple of these planned, and this will be a big help.

Kyle said...

Looks like that worked perfectly!

Anne said...

I like the way you quilted the runner on a diagonal. It breaks up the rigidity of all the squares. That splash of green was the perfect to contrast to the pink.Thank you for finishing up this project for me.