1. The border posts are not meant for everyone. If you close your eyes and sew long, unmeasured strips to your quilts and that works, why change anything? I say . . if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! If what you’re doing works for you, then don’t even think about trying a different method. There are many ways to do anything and what I’m writing is certainly not meant to be the only way or the right way to add borders. It’s what works for me and that’s what others have asked me to share. By the way, I’ve quilted Vicky‘s tops and whatever she does, it works! She doesn’t need to change anything! Her quilts are always flat and square. In fact, I sometimes look at her quilts and wish mine were so flat and square.
Please don’t anyone think you need to change the way you’re doing borders because of what I write. If you aren’t happy with the way your borders are turning out and you want to try what I’m suggesting, then try it. It might work for you . . it might not!
2. Whether EQ runs on a MAC without causing problems — CJ at Tinkle Times runs it on hers and I’d be surprised if she would do it if it caused problems at all. If you’re designing your own quilts and you’re not using EQ or any other software and you’re happy with your results . . don’t change anything!
3. For those not sewing an accurate 1/4″ seam, pieced sashings aren’t going to work either. It’s just a whole lot easier to figure out once and for all how to get a 1/4″ seam and go with that. I guess I’m kinda anal about some things but I cannot understand why a quilter wouldn’t take the time and effort to figure out how to make a good 1/4″ seam. Most all patterns are written fro 1/4″ seams; if putting together several sections, especially if there are points .. they’re not going to match if the seams aren’t 1/4″.
4. If you’re wanting to add a pieced border, you absolutely have to be sure that when you get to the point of being ready to sew on that pieced border, your top has to measure a multiple of the size of your blocks. If I am adding a 4″ block in a pieced border, the last border added before adding that pieced border has to be a multiple of 4.
I’ll say it again — these are my suggestions; these border posts are what works for me. You do not have to do borders my way! You do not have to use EQ! You do not have to make 1/4″ seams . . you can do anything that makes you happy! But, I’ve been asked over and over about my borders and that’s simply what I’m sharing . . borders the way I do them!