I was recently contacted by Kari who asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a copy of her latest book, Just Around the Corner: Quilts with Easy Mitered Borders (That Patchwork Place). Of course I was thrilled to have the opportunity. I’d never actually done a mitered border (just another of those things on my list), so I was excited to give it a try!
As soon as I received the book from Kari, I realized I had the perfect WIP to try out her technique…something that I’d been wanting to finish for awhile and that I’d already decided needed a mitered border!
The photo above shows my perfectly mitered border. Kari’s technique is amazing–her method is super simple and works out perfectly every time. I think I will be adding mitered borders to a lot of quilts now…the possibilities are endless. Kari’s explanations and diagrams are perfect, too. (And I’m the type of sewer who needs great diagrams in patterns).
I love the three-dimensional aspect of Kari’s method too. I think I’m going to quilt feathers in the outer mitered border and a different design in the inner border to further accentuate this. Also, there isn’t any math involved–you can adapt this method to any project you’re working on! All you need to know are the outside dimensions of your project before adding the mitered border.
Oh, and here’s my whole project…so embarrassed at how long this has stayed unfinished, but I’m also so happy that it’s now complete and ready to be quilted!
You might already know Kari from her Clearly Perfect Angles cling…I was super excited to get to try this out as well. It works fantastic…it’s been on my machine since it arrived. No more drawing lines for half-square triangles and flying geese for me! And since it “clings” to your machine there is no need for attaching and re-attatching with tape–a real plus.
But I digress….back to the book review! My favorite project in the book is the Cozy Cottage Pillow. I love this project because it shows the versatility of Kari’s technique. Not only can you use contrasting fabrics for your mitered borders, you can also add scallops which are shown so beautifully in this project. There are just a couple of extra steps involved in making the scallops–a couple of extra “tack” stitches at the points and then stitching down the scallop itself. Most of the projects in the book use the scallop mitered borders; however, I love the simple ones just as much.