If you’ve been making our Mystery Quilt you should be moving on to part 2 by now. In part 2 you get to cut your borders and binding strips.
In the kit these are cut from the large purple floral (or Color 1, Fabric A). In my case, I’m cutting them from this gorgeous orange batik from Kaufman.
The borders are cut 5″ x 74″ and 5″ x 65 1/2″, and I was wondering how to easily cut such long pieces. Angie suggested tearing the fabric along the length of the yardage and then working with the smaller piece. It worked like a charm!
Since I’m currently living in a small apartment and don’t have a sewing room I’ve been working on the dining room table, which also holds my laptop and miscellaneous other bric-a-brac. I had washed my fabric, but it still had the selvages on it, so I had to allow a little room to cut those off. I made a tiny snip 12″ from the selvage and ripped. I ended up with a nice long, narrow piece of fabric that was easy to press.
To cut the border strips, I just folded the fabric until I had a piece about 30″ x 12″, then I cut off the selvage and cut my 5″ strips. There is a little bit of waste, but not too much. I cut two strips from this piece of fabric, then repeated the process to cut the other two.
I’d like to have a little bit of fudge room in case my quilt center is not exactly the size it should be, so for now I’m just setting the borders aside and I will cut them to length later
From the remaining fabric, I’ll tear another 12″ strip and then sliced it up in the same way into 2 1/4″ binding strips.
I hope this helps you cut your own borders and bindings!
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