For some reason, I stall when it comes to getting the borders on my quilts. I have a big push to get my blocks sewn together, and then completely lose steam (and interest) in seeing things through to the final point--borders.
Long Road Home is pictured above, and wasn't even supposed to have borders. It just looked unfinished to me without them. Besides, I don't like all those bias edges on the outside of my quilts. I found the perfect Civil War paisley print in my stash, which undoubtedly was part of a kit I long ago dismantled and didn't get around to using. The print has a dark brown background, with touches of red and gold and either blue or green. It worked great with the scrappy fabrics in the Long Road Home blocks, and I was pleased as could be to have discovered it.
I have a guilty confession to make. I tried to do a mitered border on this quilt and it looked just terrible. There was too much fabric, and the borders were rumply. I know I measured right, but that is what happened anyway. Also, since we are telling the truth here, my miters weren't that great either. At least the first one I did looked kind of sloppy. I ended up removing all four borders and reapplying them the regular way. I feel like a failure, not even being able to do a decent mitered border at this stage of my sewing career, but I'd rather have a flat quilt with borders that don't rumple than have a sloppy miter job.
How about you? Do you love to do mitered borders? Any tips for the rest of us who dread them?