qotd - wavy borders
Usually I'm careful about measuring for borders.
I take the measurements from the vertical middle of the quilt for the side borders, and after adding those borders I take the horizontal middle measurement of the quilt for the top and bottom borders. I've always had success in getting borders that fit nicely with a minimum of fidgiting.
After I quilt the layers, I then machine baste the very edge of the border 1/8" from the edge, then trim away the excess batting & backing, then add the binding. I've never had a problem with waviness in a border until recently.
I am presently finishing a Bargello quilt, and while machine basting the border edge, I encountered slight waviness in the outer edge of the border fabric. What was puzzling was that the inner edge of the border fit just fine as I attached it to the pieced middle.
Maybe the fabric "shrunk up" some after all the quilting stitches???
My question to all you experts is:
Do you machine baste the outer edge of your outside border before or after you quilt the rest of the quilt?
Any other tips to avoid a wavy edged border?