Miss Rosie’s trick for a perfect pieced-border fit 👍🏻

Carrie Nelson—a.k.a. the clever and talented designer behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company—does amazing things with pieced borders.

Cracked Pots quilt
Cracked Pots from
Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favoritesthis quilt features three pieced borders surrounding a center of Courthouse Steps blocks

A pieced border is like a picture frame: it adds structure, balance, and beauty to the main attraction. When you start to think of borders as a design element like Carrie does—just as important as the center of a quilt—you can take your quilts to a new level of “wow!”

Stella Blue quilt
Stella Blue features a flying-geese border with half-square-triangle cornerstones

But how do you make a pretty pieced border that fits your quilt top? No worries: Carrie’s got you covered, and her smart tip below works for all kinds of pieced borders. Best of all? It’s an easy fix. Just a little extra stitching here and there and your pieced border will shrink or grow to the perfect size. Read on for Carrie’s sage advice.

Carrie NelsonWhen it comes to pieced borders, sometimes you get it right the first time. Most of the time, we need to adjust. In this case, it means adjusting the length of the pieced border.

The easiest and least noticeable way to make the border strip the same length as the quilt top is to make some of the seams just a skosh bigger or smaller. If you need to shorten the border strip, sew a line of stitching just inside the first seamline. If you need a longer border strip, sew a line of stitching just outside the first seamline and then remove the first line of stitching. That 1/16″ difference in seam will add up to 1/8″ between the two units.

An eighth of an inch removed eight times quickly adds up to an inch. Just make sure that you randomly space the larger or smaller seams so that they aren’t obvious, and you’re good to go.

Don’t you just love the way her mind works?

Now that you know how to “skosh” your border seams, why not make a pieced-border quilt? Carrie shares several gorgeous choices in Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites:

Due South quilt
Due South

Wayne and Gordy quilt
Wayne and Gordy

Opening Day quilt
Opening Day

Raise the Roof quilt
Raise the Roof

See all the quilts from Miss Rosie’s Farmhouse Favorites here—when you order the book, you can instantly download the eBook for free!

What’s your go-to border choice—plain borders, pieced borders, or no borders? Share your answer in the comments!

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