Borders that "wave" or "ripple" may create tucks when machine quilting and can
affect how your finished quilt will look. Taking accurate measurements
BEFORE cutting and sewing your borders takes more time than simply sewing
on long border strips and trimming, but the end result is worth it!  Use the same
measuring tool for both the quilt top and border fabrics.

-When sewing multiple borders, decide which sides of the quilt you will apply
borders first, and be consistent for all borders.  Always press borders first before
taking additional border measurements.  Your measurements must include any
previously sewn borders.

Top and Bottom Borders
- measure from side to side
at the top, through the middle and bottom of the
quilt top

- take an average of the three measurements, and cut two border strips to this
exact measurement.  Do not worry if the average measurement is different from
the quilt top
- find the center of the border strip and pin it to the center of the quilt top.  Next
pin the ends of the top and border strips.  Evenly pin both the top and border
between these markings.
- if one side is fuller, place that side on the bottom as you are sewing the border
strip to your quilt top.  The feed dogs on your sewing machine will help to ease
in the fullness
- repeat the pinning and sewing process for both the top and bottom of the quilt

Side Borders
- measure from top to bottom along the left side, middle and right side
of quilt
top

- take an average of the three measurements, and cut two border strips to this
exact measurement
- follow the above pinning and sewing directions for sewing on the side borders
Always Keep Quilting
                  How to Sew Borders