Borders & Finishing Touches

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Bonnie Browning shows you many ways to finish your quilts – it isn’t rocket science. Make a small wallhanging along with Bonnie or add borders to a small quilt you have already finished. Start by designing a border that will fit your quilt. You will love her method for folding adding machine tape to take the math out of making borders that will fit your quilt every single time. Then learn Bonnie’s tricks for mitered borders and a fun piped border. Shark’s teeth and prairie points add so much interest to a quilt and you’ll be surprised how easy they are to make to fit the edge perfectly. Mitered binding or a two-sided binding finishes the edges. See how blocking your quilt can take away ripples to make your quilt hang straight. Bonnie even shows you how you can adjust the sleeve to make the quilt hang better. Once you’ve taken this class and learned these basic techniques, you’ll be surprised how much more fun it is to finish your quilts. As a bonus, Bonnie shares some of her quilt collection and talks about the variety of borders you can add (or not) to your quilts.

Course Curriculum

Borders & Finishing Touches by Bonnie K. Browning - 2hr 6m
Lesson 1. Introduction 0 Hours 10 Minutes00:10
Lesson 2. Border Basics 0 Hours 9 Minutes00:09
Lesson 3. Borders: Mitered and Piped 0 Hours 34 Minutes00:34
Lesson 4. Sharks’ Teeth & Prairie Points 0 Hours 24 Minutes00:24
Lesson 5. Mitered Binding Primer 0 Hours 35 Minutes00:35
Lesson 6. Blocking 0 Hours 7 Minutes00:07
Lesson 7. The Perfect Sleeve 0 Hours 7 Minutes00:07

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Book: Optional

Fabric:

  • Background: ½ yd. light
  • Rose Centers: floral fabric, enough for (4)
  • 5½" squares
  • Inner Border: ⅓ yd. pink
  • Star Points and Outer Border: 1 yd. black
  • Backing: 36" square
  • Binding: 15" square
  • Sleeve: 8½" x 32"

Thread:

  • For hand stitching, match fabric.
  • For machine sewing, use gray.

Other Supplies:

  • Sewing machine feet: ¼" piping or zipper foot and blind stitch foot
  • Needles for hand stitching
  • Freezer paper
  • Piping filler cord: ¼" or smaller, prewashed
  • Measuring tape
  • Adding machine tape
  • Glue stick, washable
  • Large foam core board several inches larger than your quilt
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Iron
  • Ironing surface
  • Chalk Line
  1. Do I have to make the FOUR ROSES quilt?
    It is absolutely your choice. If you need a quilt on which to practice these techniques, feel free to make the FOUR ROSES quilt. However, you may already have a quilt that needs some borders or finishing touches. If so, use this class to help complete that creation. The choice is yours. If you do not make the FOUR ROSES quilt, simply disregard the fabric requirements in the supply list.
  2. Will a beginner be able to understand this class?
    Quilters of all levels will learn something in this class. This is a great class for the novice as well as the intermediate or experienced quilter who wants to add pizzazz to their quilts and better their skills as they complete their quilts.
  3. What if I have questions?
    We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Bonnie will get back with you.
  4. When can I start the class?
    We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!

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Student Gallery

  1. Bernadette Houghton

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    In early June, I had three quilts in the Tulsa guild's regional show. All three were judged as needing better finishing. When I saw I could take an on-line class to help me improve, I jumped at the chance. I have to tell you that you are a delightful instructor. Your demonstrations are easy to follow and the classes articulate really well with your book, which I already had in my library. Usi

    ng the book as back-up and working though the quilt-making gave me insight into a lot of finishing steps I had glossed over or fudged. I now know where I am likely to make mistakes, and I will be extra careful when I'm finishing quilts in the future. I still have the prairie points and scallops to try, so I suspect there will be another quilt in the making in the coming weeks.

    Thank you so much for all of your hints and tips. It's an excellent course and I'll be recommending it to my quilting buddies.

  2. Sabrina Stark

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    THE best class I've ever taken! After watching this class, I learned how to deal with all those little glitches that kept me from wanting to submit my designs to Quilt Week. This class exceeded my expectations by addressing finishing issues like having a seam that got caught the wrong way when sewing. Bonnie gives clear & patient instructions about exactly how to execute each technique to prod

    uce a quilt that truly looks flawless in spite of tiny imperfections.
  3. Claudia Myers

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    Even if you are an experienced quilter and think you know how to do borders, bindings and other finishing techniques, you may be surprised to find that Bonnie's methods are better and easier. I especially enjoyed learning how to do two-sided binding and adding piping to a border, something I haven't done. Figuring measurements without a lot of complicated math was very informative, also.
    If you

    are a novice quilter this is a rewarding group of classes to take, to give your quilts that professional finish. And Bonnie explains her techniques in easily understood directions, even adding some valuable tips along the way, including helpful "fixes" when something doesn't go right.
    I liked the suggestion of using adding machine tape for the measurement template while making the shark's teeth and prairie points and also using your over-edge foot to top stitch in the ditch of the piping, to get it just perfect. Nice selection of classes! Thanks, Bonnie!
  4. Angela Petrocelli

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    What a fantastic set of seven lessons by Bonnie Browning. With her friendly demeanor it made me feel as though I was sitting right there. The lessons are filled with easy, step by step instructions on how to finish off your quilt in style. With wonderful tips and tricks on what to do when things go wrong, secrets that the pros use, recommendations for products and even what judges look for in show

    quilts.

    The lessons begin with a fun mini quilt show from Bonnie's collection great for inspiration and then dives right into mitered borders. I am a huge fan of borders, especially mitered ones because they frame a quilt so beautifully, but sometimes they can be tricky and it can be frustrating when your points don't match. Bonnie's techniques make it so simple. As does her methods for adding piped borders, borders with shark's teeth and prairie points (all of which have intimidated me until now).

    I wish the lesson on binding had been around before I bound my first quilt. It could have saved me a lot of frustration, specifically when I attempted and failed to make continuous bias and when I joined the two ends together. After viewing this lesson these things won't be a problem and I may even attempt two-sided binding, which she also goes over.

    To finish it all off she discusses and demonstrates how to block a quilt and add a sleeve so that your finished quilt hangs beautifully and straight.

    Best of all, I can access the lessons again and again anytime I want. So the next time my quilt needs that perfect mitered and piped border or I need a little refresher on binding I know exactly where to go to without having to sift through countless YouTube postings.

  5. Mickey Depre

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    Bonnie's course if full of great tips and words of wisdom for any level quilter. Her "stopping pin" tip will be used by myself from now on! And I do believe I see a quilt with a Shark Tooth finish in my future. All this knowledge is shared in a "pieceful" and easy going manner makes this course one that I will revisit again and again for hands-on instruction when I am bordering out a quilt.
  6. PEggy Morrison

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    This is my review of the entire class.....IT WAS WONDERFUL! 'Is very appropriate for beginner to advanced quilter!! It's SEVEN great lessons on how to do mitered border, mitered and 2 sided binding (it's so easy with these instructions!), Plus the finishing touches of blocking which is so often overlooked....and adding a sleeve. Bonnie gives you tips all along...and has obviously done this ma

    ny times as she knows the mistakes I've made!! The closeups are wonderful!! And best of all, I can now come back and watch this class again and again. It'll be wonderful to watch the video as I'm actually doing the process. I liked how she reminded me to check my 1/4", and the tip about using the positioning pin was very helpful. I also liked that she showed HER mistakes!! 🙂 I would highly recommend this class. Dollars well spent!! Enjoy.

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