Measure the top width of quilt |

**flat and taut**for an accurate number. For some reason I couldn't take the picture and hold the tape properly at the same time. lol The top measurement of this quilt is 40 5/8".

Measure the middle width of quilt |

Middle width of quilt |

Measure the bottom width of quilt |

Now turn the quilt

**one time**and measure all three widths of the quilt once again from the other direction of the quilt. Think 3 horizontal measurements and 3 vertical measurements! (Sorry no pics of that part, it seems pretty self explanatory.) The three numbers for that particular measurement of the quilt came out to: 40 1/2", 40 1/2" and 40 1/3". Now you should have a total of 6 numbers written down.

Looking at all of those 6 numbers together, we now know that the average measurement of this quilt is 40 1/2". Subtract the seam allowance from that average and we come to 40".

**40" is the important number here!**When you make a pieced border, you have to figure out how many repeats (of each piece of the border) you can have and more importantly, what size they need to be. Playing with the number 40, I came up with 6 numbers that are clearly divisible without any remainders: 2, 2.5, 4, 5, 8, and 10. Those are the

**numbers of repeats**that will easily work for this border

**.**

Repeat widths including the seam allowance |

*directly*to our quilt top.

I chose to make my border with 2.5" repeats. Lets do the math: 40 divided by 2.5 equals 16. That means I will have

**16 repeats per each inside measurement**of the quilt top

**. (**In other words, the 16 repeats for each border strip do NOT include the corner piecing.)

Remember! We've been working with the

**finished**size of the pieced block repeats. In order to truly have 2.5" finished sized repeats, my blocks will need to be 3" before being sewn together for the border strips.

I used the half square triangle above as my REPEAT. This can be anything you decide you want to do. In my other borders I used an X-block as a repeat and in the border before something completely different.

Border strips |

Start pinning in dead center |

Then pin at the start, end, and every seam in between |

Sew on border and iron |

This was just a basic explanation of course. Did it make sense to anyone or clear up any confusion? Maybe next time I will explain how I got the measurements of the previous solid pieced border to

*make sure*I ended up with a number that would be easy to work with for the next pieced border. It's good to think ahead, but that's way too much for one post! lol I'm going to go ahead and link this up with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story!

Gotta say I usually do some rough maths that never seem to quite work out ...thanks for the pointers!

ReplyDeleteMakes perfect sense. Nice tutorial.

ReplyDeleteGreat information! I have avoided pieced borders exactly because of the math challenge.

ReplyDeleteIt seems obvious - in hindsight. I'm not sure I would have been able to have come up with this on my own. So thanks a bunch for this valuable tutorial.

ReplyDeleteLOL - you piece like I do! I'm always coming up with different measurements too

ReplyDeleteGreat post Audrey... it's been a long while since I've made a pieced border. Your instructions and pictures are wonderful... and your timing is great! I've been contemplating a pieced border on a quilt that is in the works... a great refresher for me!

ReplyDeleteGreat information, thanks Audrey.

ReplyDeleteThanks for taking the time to write all these fabulous tips.I also enjoyed seeing more photos of your fabulous quilt and the fabrics you've used, nice to see some close ups!

ReplyDeleteGreat info and explaination. Quilters shouldn't be afraid of the math. You just made it easy for everyone.

ReplyDeleteThanks for the info. I've done it before, but would need instructions to do it again. Love how this quilt is coming along.

ReplyDeleteYou did a great job of explaining the process - it's been fun watching this quilt grow!

ReplyDeleteGreat tutorial! Your quilt is coming along beautifully - I loved seeing the close-ups of your fabrics. By the way, the madder stripe came out great and looks perfect in this quilt!

ReplyDelete