Quilt borders often get overlooked, but instructor Eva Larkin Hawkins knows that they can transform a quilt right before your eyes. Follow along as Eva shows you how fast, easy and fun it can be to select, size and stitch motifs using templates and stencils. Put Eva's cutting, measuring and finishing techniques to use as you size, transfer and stitch any design of your choosing on virtually any project. Using basic mathematical equations and a selection of gorgeous designs, you'll soon discover a new passion for borders.
Meet your instructor, Eva Larkin Hawkins, and get off to a running start as you learn how to select and prepare fabric, and how to audition and pin your borders before quilting.
Learn about various types of templates and stencils, and how each one is made. Working with purchased or homemade materials, you'll learn how to create the designs you want and transfer them seamlessly into symmetrical patterns.
Spacing can make a huge difference in your designs! Eva shares a mathematical formula that can be used to determine the exact number of repeated sequences you'll need for any border length. Practice along with Eva as she demonstrates measuring, marking and repeating various border patterns.
Discover how to transfer and stitch Eva's diamond, heart and dart designs using wax paper, contact paper and other methods. You'll gain professional tips as you go, including stabilization methods and ways to ensure your design looks perfect before you start stitching.
Explore all of your options for creating corners as you practice enlarging and reducing your design, calculating the placement of your patterns and reconciling the differences between the top and bottom border designs.
On to the side borders! In this lesson, you'll learn how to work with curved and straight feather shapes as you practice repeating patterns and making stencils for the side borders of your quilts.
Discover techniques for fitting feather designs into the top and bottom borders as Eva illustrates marking, measuring and transferring techniques. You'll learn how to integrate designs that start in the center or corners, and how to adjust the size accordingly.
Practice stitching the outer borders as Eva helps you navigate curved feathers, straight feathers, corner and center designs and more. You'll finish the class with helpful stitching techniques and inspiration for new projects!
"This class could not have been better timed. I just completed quilting all the blocks in my first non-practice quilt and was so stuck on how to tackle the borders. (Eva) explained the math part in a way I finally understood. Now I can get busy and finish the borders without fear. Thank you so much for teaching this class."
- Donna Peterson