I so rarely offer tips because I’m the last one to know anything. But sometimes when I’m teaching, I’ll mention this or that and some think it’s a neat idea so I guess there might be someone out there who would appreciate my tips.
Before adding the border, I mark the centers on both edges of the border. See the arrows on the aqua piece? Those are little pencil or chalk (whatever will show up) marks for the center of that border strip. By putting marks on both sides of the border strip, I don’t have to find the center when I go to add the next border . . since my quilts always have several borders. Even if it’s the outer border, I need to know where the centers are when I load it on the longarm. And, I like to sew with the side with the most seams facing up so I don’t get any of the seams crunched over the wrong way. So, I mark the right side or the wrong side of the fabric, depending on which way I’ll be pinning. See the white arrow pointing to the white mark on the dark fabric? I marked that one on the right side because I knew I would be pinning with the right side of that dark border (not pieced) facing up; the pieced border would have the wrong side up so I marked it on the wrong side. Make sense?
And . . another tip. I keep two of these magnetic pin holders. I do my pinning on my cutting table and that pin holder empties out fast. Instead f having to remember to bring it back and forth with me, I keep the second one at the sewing machine. When the one at the sewing machine is full, the one on the cutting table is empty and I just swap them.
A minute saved means more stitching time! 🙂