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You think simply to cut a strip sew 2 strips together and sew on the side and cut the end off. Sew the other side.  How many do this? I know a few. In the beginning I too was guilty of hurrying to get the borders on and thought this was the simplest way to get it done. I did not realize that each side can be different sizes, pulling on the top or border piece can cause too much material to be sewn into the border. Ever get to the end and see you have come up short? You add that small piece in at the end and it'll be o.k.? All of these scenarios can cause ruffling of the border/sashing edges. These are not a longarmers happiest moments. The best way I will share with you may seem a little daunting at first, but do this and you will be loved, loved, loved by your longarmer. Also the flatter your quilt lays on the longarm machine, you as a piecer help create a better finished quilt. So here we go....lay your top on a flat surface (table top, floor), use painters tape (the blue easy peel kind) and tape the corner edges so it doesn't move. Now you will measure in 3 spots, the middle, 4" in from the left and right sides. Take all of the measurements and add them up, take the total and divide by 3. The sum is you "average" length. Cut the borders this length. Fold the strip in half and place a marking pin in the middle of the fold. Fold the quilt in half and again find the center and place a pin. Now pin the ends of the borders to the ends of the quilt, pin the centers. You have two sections, continue to pin one section at a time easing in between pins any fullness. Repeat the other side. Place the side that has the fullness (if any) to the feed dogs of the machine (these ease in the fullness) and sew. Repeat the other side. Now for the top and bottom you will do the same and include your 2 newly sewn side borders in the measuring, repeat the same process. You won't come up short, you won't have waves or ripples. We'll leave those to the lakes & seas!

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