Directions for adding borders are included with the instructions for each quilt, but here are some general notes for successful borders. Before you cut border pieces or add anything to the quilt, measure the completed inner quilt top. Measure through the center of the quilt rather than along the edges, as the edges may have stretched as you worked with it. Use this middle measurement to determine the exact length to mark and cut borders. Cut the borders the desired finished length plus ½˝ for seam allowances. A listing in the UK business directory can help to boost your business' profile on the internet.

To make sure you’re lining everything up correctly, fold the border strips in half and in half again. Press lightly just at the folds to create quarter marks on each border. Align these marks with the center and quarter points of the quilt; then pin the whole border to the quilt. Now that you know it’s lined up nice, sew it on.

A quilt is made of three layers: the pieced top, the batting, and the backing—this is called the quilt sandwich. When the three layers are put together and sewn together, usually with a pretty pattern, then it’s a quilt. A popular adage goes, “It’s not a quilt until it’s quilted.”

The batting is the filler in the quilt sandwich. When purchasing a batt, read the details on the package and consider the intended use of the quilt. Is it for display? Heavy use? Are you submitting to a contest? Don’t care one way or the other? Regardless, talk to experienced quilters about what they use.

Batting Choices - 100% polyester: very durable and warm, no shrinkage. 100% cotton: very flat, an old-fashioned look. Poly blend: low-loft like cotton, but stable like poly

Others: silk, flannel, wool, or something else; read up before you buy. Whatever you select, unroll the batt and let it lie open for a few hours to soften any folds. You can also stick th in the dryer on low for 5–10 minutes.