I decided to add borders to this little feathered practice piece. I had puposefully used a large piece of batting just in case I wanted to add to this quilting motif. Maybe the free-motion quilting tutorial for March, hosted by SewCalGal, will have to do with border quilting. I can always hope.
First I added the side pieces for the back and the front, right sides together, with the batting in between. Then I opened out the borders and pressed them. After sewing on the first section, I measured carefully to be sure the stitching line for the opposite border was exactly parallel. I then needed to be sure the top and bottom borders were perpendicular to the side borders, so I drew a stitching line and a placement line with a chalk pencil.
I placed the pins horizontally first so that I could establish where to place the back bottom border. I used the back of the pins as a placement guide.
The picture above shows the back strip appearing at the edge. This extra length really made it easier to be sure the back and front lined up. I then repinned for sewing and double checked the back. After sewing each seam, I folded back all sections and trimmed the seam to 1/4 inch, much like paper piecing.
I'm not sure how wide I want the borders to be yet, so I've gone a little over. I'll probably trim a couple inches off after the entire piece has been quilted. Nice to have too much than too little.
So that's the start of my first almost whole cloth quilt.