A Lengthy Issue

One of the best things you can do to improve the look of the borders on your quilts is to cut the border strips from the lengthwise grain of the fabric, parallel to the selvedge. The lengthwise grain of the fabric has much less stretch than the crosswise grain. Your borders will fit better, lay flatter, and you’ll experience less ruffling on the edges of hanging quilts. Check the project instructions when planning to cut borders from the lengthwise grain, since you may need to purchase a bit more yardage. Be sure to cut the borders before cutting any other smaller patchwork pieces from the border fabric.