Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A Quarter Inch Border Inset
This insight has been a real help in placing small color insets in borders. Before getting this skill in my toolbelt, I found the best I could get satisfactorily (meaning gaining visual width consistency)was using a 1" strip of fabric to produce a 1/2 inch inset which often seemed too wide. Forget working with small fabric strips. To create a single 1/4" inset, I used an inch and a half green inset fabric strip. Once could likely use a slightly smaller strip, but with only one inset, I wasn't worried about added bulk. I merely sewed this strip all around all 4 sides using a normal 1/4 inch seam. The wider strip was MUCH easier to work with than a skinny piece. I could get rid of excess later if needed to reduce bulk. The real trick is in this next step of adding the outside border which creates the green inset channel. From the top of quilt view, I place a ruler atop the green fabric about 1/2 inch from the previous seam.