This week, it's time for Border 4!
Border 4 is probably the simplest of all the borders, but here are a few tips to make it even simpler:
- This border is made using strip piecing (sewing fabric strips together and then cutting the strip unit into a bunch of smaller pieced units). With strip piecing, it's important that your stitch quality is good. If your stitches are too long and/or loose, they will come apart easily. To prevent this, double-check that your tension is good (specifically that it's not too loose) and use a slightly shorter than normal stitch length. For instance, I normally set my stitch length to about 2.2 for piecing, but turn it down to 2 for strip piecing.
- Because each side of this border is made with 50 or more 1" finished squares, an accurate seam allowance will make a big difference. Check your seam allowance before your start, making sure that it's not too scant or too big. If you find that your finished border pieces are too short or too long, carefully adjust as many seams as necessary to bring the pieces to the correct length.
- Adding Solid Border 4 (the solid strips of background fabric) as soon as posslble will help to prevent the many unfinished seams in Border 4 from fraying.
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