A new quilting tip

I’m working on a quilt today that has no border. This is seen more often now and whether you have a borderless quilt or a border with many pieces its important to keep the pieces from pulling apart at the edges. Often times you’ll hear the comment, “make sure to stay stitch pieced borders and edges”. This means sewing with a basting stitch around the edge of the quilt. That’s what many of us have done to keep the seams from opening up along the edge of the quilt top. The only problem with that is if your fabric stretches.  Then stay stitching can cause excess fullness this is no good at all.

One of my clients, Connie, came up with a way to keep the seams from pulling apart and not having to stay stitch and risk the fabric waving afterwards. She simply cut small strips of a fusible light weight stabilizer and ironed it along the back edge of the quilt top.  I just loaded and quilted her quilt with great success. Here are some photos so you can see what is looks like.

IMG_3010 IMG_3011 IMG_3012  This is the edge showing when basted on the piecework doesn’t separate.  What a great idea!!