How to Add Pieced Borders to Your Quilts – Liz Porter’s LeMoyne Star

Let’s face it, math is just a part of a quilter’s life, but sometimes, it’s not that easy. Some quilters don’t think twice when adding and subtracting fractions, while others feel the urge to pick up and run in the opposite direction. Whatever side of the math spectrum you fall on, we’re here to help.

Liz's Mini LeMoyne Star

In Liz’s LeMoyne Star, a recent Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting episode, Liz shows us how to make a LeMoyne Star block. Once the block is assembled, she moves on to the math portion of the show. Here’s where it may get tricky for some of us – adding pieced borders. There’s measuring, adding, subtracting, dividing and fractions. Ohhhhh, the fractions.

LeMoyneStarCalculation_LizPorter

I mentioned that we’re here to help, so help we will! Below are easy-to-follow directions to walk you through adding pieced borders to YOUR quilt. First, we explain how Liz would add borders to the quilt shown on Love of Quilting. Then, a second example shows how to adapt the math to a different set of measurements.

If you’re interested in making Liz’s LeMoyne Star quilt, the Love of Quilting May June 2015 features this quilt pattern.

LoQ May June 2015
LoQMayJune2015_LeMoyneStar


ADDING PIECED BORDERS

Liz’s Quilt:

To prepare a quilt for a pieced border, measure the quilt’s width and length.

Liz’s example is for a small quilt that measures 16¾” x 25″ (measurement does not include the outer seam allowances).

Note the size of the units in the pieced border.
Liz’s Flying Geese are 2″ wide.

1) Increase the size of the quilt center so the width and length are both divisible by 2 (the size of the border units).

16¾” + 3¼” = 20″
25″ + 3″ = 28″

**This quilt needs to be 3¼” wider and 3″ longer.

2) Divide 3¼” by 2 because you need 2 borders that will equal 3¼”. You need to cut the borders 1?” + ½” for seam allowances. Cut the side borders 2?” wide.

3) Divide 3 by 2 because you need 2 borders that will equal 3″. You need to cut the borders 1½” + ½” for seam allowances. Cut the top and bottom borders 2″ wide.

Another example:

Using a 62″ x 72″ quilt size (does not include seam allowances) with border units 5″ wide.

1) Increase the size of the quilt center so the width and length are both divisible by 2 (the size of the border units).

62″ + 3″ = 65″
72″ + 3″ = 75″

**This quilt needs to be 3″ wider and 3″ longer.

2) 3″ divided by 2 = 1½”.

3) Cut all borders 1½” + ½” (2″ wide).



Carrie Sisk, Online Editor, Fons & Porter

Happy Quilting!

Carrie Sisk, Fons & Porter, Online Editor

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4 thoughts on “How to Add Pieced Borders to Your Quilts – Liz Porter’s LeMoyne Star

    1. Hello – the adjustment is made with the inner border, which makes the quilt the proper size when fitting the final border pieces onto the quilt, so the sides are indeed divisible by 2. We appreciate your comment! Always good to recheck the math. 🙂 ~Carrie

      1. I think emilybear is right. Maybe you don’t understand her question. Because I’m having the same problem understanding your instructions. Something needs to be divisible by 5. Otherwise, why point out the size of the border units in the instructions? And why try to get the quilt to 65″ by 75″?

        Some part of the explanation is missing. Thanks, Traci

    2. No, you are right. I don’t think she reread the instructions to see that someone just did a copy and paste for step 1 from the first example.

      I need to watch the episode again, but didn’t they say the information on the web site was suppose to also help us figure out what size we should make our border units?

      Anyway, I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought these instructions were off.

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