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Avoid Ruffling!
Add Borders
to Your Quilt Top

Written by Denise Martin  |  Posted on January 12 2023

Ruffles were trending…once upon a time. But not now and not on quilts! But at Seamless we still encounter ruffled or wavy borders on some customer projects when they bring them in for Longarm quilting.

When borders ruffle on the Longarm, we have no choice but to create pleats or quilt in a way that leaves the ruffles, which makes binding very difficult.

Ruffled borders can occur when you take your border strip and begin sewing at one end of your quilt top to the other without measuring your quilt top. You may be following the pattern dimensions for the border but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the measurements are accurate for your project. That’s because no one’s cutting or piecing is perfect. Small inaccuracies are cumulative in quilting so your quilt top may not end up perfectly square. In fact it may fan out at either or both ends. We see that with customer quilts that ruffle.

So here is the process to avoid ruffling by attaching borders accurately to your quilt top.