Texas Teardrops Quilt Along ~ Adding the Borders

This is it…the final step in making the Texas Teardrop quilt!  I cannot believe my first quilt along is quickly coming to an end.  But don’t worry, I might have a surprise or two up my sleeve for the future.

I want to start this lesson with a disclaimer…I do my borders different than most seasoned quilters.  In fact, some of you will probably gasp and quite possibly pass out.  What can I say?  I’m a rebel and I like to do things my own way.  Keep in mind you don’t have to do it my way.  Do what works for you.

I don’t have a lot {any} pictures of this step.  Mostly because it’s an easy step but mainly because I forgot to take pictures.  Oops.  If you have trouble you can email me or leave a comment.  But I’m pretty confident I can talk my way through this one.

Remember…you need to trim the corner triangles before you add your borders.  You want the sides of your quilt to be nice and even.  If you had little pieces that stick out further than the rest of the quilt just use your ruler and trim them off.

For each border I cut 8 strips the width of the fabric {refer to the pattern for exact sizes}.  I sewed the strips together in sets of two creating 4 very long strips of each color.  So, I had 4 long strips of turquoise and 4 long strips of white {one for each side of the quilt}.

Here’s where I go rogue.  I do not ever measure my quilt and cut the borders to the exact size.  I sew the long strips to my quilt and then trim the excess.  Some quilters say this will create wavy borders.  I don’t seem to have that problem.  I have issues when I try to cut the strips to the exact length.  So I don’t.

But please…do what works for you.  If measuring is the way you do things, then measure.  I’d rather you measure than hunt me down and beat me up because you have wavy borders.

Starting with the turquoise I sewed on the left border then the right.  Then I trimmed the excess from each side.  Then I sewed the top border then the bottom.  Then I trimmed the excess from each side.

Repeat for the final border.  That’s all there is to it.  Your quilt top is now finished!  Woohoo.  I cannot wait to see all the pictures.

I’ve had several people ask me if I have any  recommendations for quilting.  I’m actually in the process of loading my second Texas Teardrop quilt and hopefully I’ll be starting the quilting soon.  I haven’t completely decided on what I will do to it but I will definitely share pictures once I get started.

I do want to share a couple pictures with you so you can see how I quilted the first one.  I did very basic quilting but I think it turned out pretty good.

I quilted long wavy lines from top to bottom in between the teardrops.  I wanted to create a ribbon effect on this quilt.

Here’s a great tip…I use wavy lines when I quilt because I can’t sew a straight line on my longarm.  Plus, I love the look of the wavy lines.  I didn’t really quilt the teardrops very much.  If you look at the orange section {pictured above} I quilted a wavy line around the edges.  I also threw in some quilting on the white sections of teardrops.

I kept with the wavy line theme and did the same thing in the side and corner triangles.

Hopefully you can see in the above picture that I did not quilt the little border.  I think I’m going to on the next one.  Just to try something new.  Overall, I love how I quilted this one but I want to try something new.  I want to put my quilting classes to the test and see what I can come up with for the next one.

Ok it’s time to go get busy!  You all have until June 10th to get your tops finished up and get pictures loaded into the Flickr group.  If you can’t upload a picture just let me know.  I can do it for you if you email me a picture of the completed top.  I don’t want you to miss out on the prizes!

If you run into any trouble finishing up your quilt top just let me know.  You know where to find me…

Don’t forget to check my entry into the Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I entered my Starburst Quilt and I even have the pattern ready and up for sale.

Have a great Tuesday!

8 thoughts on “Texas Teardrops Quilt Along ~ Adding the Borders

  1. very nice Vicki….I usually do my borders the same way…just have to be careful not to stretch. I will try to get it quilted on time; but not sure the time will permit it. fingers are crossed though…thank you for a beautiful quilt!!

  2. I just checked out the QAL Flickr group and love all the different quilts! I know how hard it is to host a QAL…so good job and you know that I love this quilt and wish I could have played along too!

  3. I do my borders the same way, I just never told anyone!! So funny, and my borders don’t come out wavy, but, mine are for comfort, not show.

    Thanks for the laugh.

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