Quilt width =
Pin border edge to correct quilt width measurement.
Pin-baste to distribute the difference, then stitch to baste the edges, about a scant 1/4" from the edge.
Repeat the process for the sides. Smooth out quilt body to lie flat, pin to anchor where it needs to be.
Yes. I stitched over the pins to baste the edges down. I know. Naughty. But I did change the needle to quilt the rest. ;)
Stitched in the ditch...then quilted feathers and leafy vines to work in the bulk. The curvy back-and-forth shape is the perfect motif to hide excess border baggage, don't you think?
The more bulk to work in, the more dense the quilting.
Here's another sample:
Prevention: Measure, Measure, Measure!
Here's the true solution to borders that wave in the breeze ~ an excerpt from my Preparing Your Quilt for Machine-Quilting DOs and DON'Ts list:
Take the time to accurately measure and apply your borders. Some things can be "quilted out", however, you will be happier with your results (and save your quilter some angst!) if you take a few extra steps:
- Find side dimensions of quilt by measuring lengthwise through the quilt center, (not along the edges, since they may have stretched). Take three measurements and average them to determine the length to cut your side borders. Cut both borders the same measurement.
- Pin each side border to quilt at the ends and the center, then pin every few inches, easing in any fullness if necessary. Press seam toward borders.
- Find top/bottom dimensions of your quilt by measuring across the quilt and side borders. Cut both borders the same measurement.
- Attach top and bottom borders to quilt, pinning as you did side borders. Press seams toward outer edge of quilt.Repeat process for multiple borders.