1.31.2014

How to: Machine Quilt a Modern Triangle Border

Earlier this week I spent a little time machine quilting this fabulous triangle border on one of my customers quilts.
Right before I got started I got the idea to share a little Instagram tutorial as I went. It was so fun I thought I'd share those pictures over here so I'd have them all together in one place.

First up - measure, find the centers of your blocks, mark them on the top and bottom edges of your border, then draw a line using a water soluble marker, point to point.
Your lines should look like this.
Use a ruler, or walking foot on your conventional machine, stitch a line 1/4" on the outside of your blue line.
Repeat this process on the inside edge of the blue line.
Next, fill in the outer triangles. I chose to use a pebble design. I teach step by step how to quilt pebbles in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.
Pebbles should look like this.
Now fill in the inner triangles. I chose to use a swirl design. I teach step by step how to machine quilt swirls in my book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting.
Use a water bottle and spritz away the blue line.
Completed border should look something like this. :)

There were a few questions while I quilted this border, I thought I'd answer those questions on here: 

Christine asked: Do you have a favorite brand of marking pen that you use when longarming? I most often use Mark-B-Gone.

Kris asked: Are you machine quilting the borders BEFORE the rest of the quilt? Yes, when machine quilting on a conventional machine you would quilt the borders last, however I am quilting this quilt on a long arm machine so I am quilting the top border first.

13 comments:

  1. Thanks for the quick tutorial! The border looks great!

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  2. Gorgeous! Thank you!
    PS. Have and love your book!

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  3. Gorgeous! Thank you!
    PS. Have and love your book!

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  4. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for doing this! You did an amazing job!!!!!!

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  5. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I love your book, too! Awesome!

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  6. Great tutorial, Natalia! I haven't tried to FMQ against a ruler yet. I've been practicing a litte, but I sure wish I brought your book with me to TX!

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  7. Thank you Natalia. Your quilting looks amazing. What a great design for a border. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial. I too love your book.

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  8. Great tutorial, love this idea and something to think about when I start my tops.

    Debbie

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  9. Gorgeous! In my dreams I could do this on my domestic machine. ;)

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  10. Thanks for sharing! I love this idea.

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  11. That is pretty fabulous! I'll have to save this for later quilting ideas.

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  12. What a great border design. You're so generous and kind to offer this tutorial.

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  13. I came to see your pebbles, but I fell in love with the quilt! LOL Is there a pattern for this quilt? I would love to make one. Thanks!

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