Hi Guest, Welcome to the quilting forums, register now —or—

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 12
  1. #1
    Honey Bun

    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Posts
    17
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default word/directional fabric as a border

    Once again . . . I'm coming to the experts for advice!!! HELP PLEASE before I drive myself crazy!!! I'm using some really adorable word fabric as a break border on a baby quilt so . . . my question is . . . when I'm cutting/sewing it on the top/bottom . . . which "direction" should the words face? Should they "read" INTO the quilt or as if a "normal" (and I'm sure not of course) person would read them??

    It's hard to describe but . . . the top words be sideways as in reading left to right but . . . what about the bottom . . . should they "read" into the quilt or be identical to the top so there is an obvious correct way to lay the quilt?

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ^^

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^


    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ^^

    VVVVVVVVVVVV

  2. #2
    The Guild President

    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Treasure Coast, FL
    Posts
    698
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    It IS a puzzle to decide directions on prints!

    The borders can be done either way that you like. I put them on so they read upright for a small tumbler flag quilt.

    Good luck!

  3. #3
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Location
    FL
    Posts
    6,627
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    I would think it's going to be personal preference. No quilting police around here, that's for sure!

    Sitting here typing, I've even confused myself. (Aren't directional prints a pain!) I would have the top reading from left to right. The right side- reading from Top to bottom with the tail letters pointing to the center, the bottom, facing the center of the quilt (upside down), and the left side reading from bottom to top from the center.

    That way your words would go around the quilt.

    (Tail letters- can you tell I taught handwriting to kiddos? All those letters that go below the line, like g,p,q....
    Katrina


    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
    ― Maya Angelou

  4. #4
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    6,865
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    It's personal preference. For me I put them on so you can read it around the quilt. Looking straight at the quilt I start with the top border as you would ordinarily read a sentence, then down the right side of the quilt letters facing in to to quilt, bottom border letters facing into the quilt, left border letters facing into the quilt. Hope this makes sense.
    Nobody is going to stand up at your funeral and say she had a really expensive sofa and great shoes Life is not about stuff.



    Visit my Flickr page, sewing and cakes!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90704986@N07/



    www.pinterest.com/cathyfiebe/boards

  5. #5
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    1,194
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    I agree with Katrina and Kathy. It might be different if it was a wall hanging but for a quilt you're gonna use it makes sense to be able to read it around the quilt.

  6. #6
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posts
    3,628
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    I made a quilt with a word border and had this same dilemma. In the end, I decided to have the words facing out. If you use the quilt for a bed, the border hangs down, and I wanted the words to be read by someone standing near the bed.

    But whatever way works for you is fine.

  7. #7
    Block Queen

    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    128
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    I just had this same dilemma. I ended up having them go all the way around. I'm picking the quilt up from the longarmer tomorrow so will post a photo as soon as the binding is done.
    Gaye

  8. #8
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    8,855
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    If I have a directional fabric for the border, I generally have the top & bottom borders right side up, so one can read it as you look at the front of the quilt. The side borders, I face to the outside.

  9. #9
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Posts
    2,188
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    I say the baby wont care and cant read....so make it easy for you. The parents are going to love the gift and probably never question the direction of the wording.
    Blogging ahead.....research in quilting and sewing with a dab of cooking/recipes too.

    https://myquiltprojects.wordpress.com/

    https://thecookbookproject.wordpress.com/

  10. #10
    Missouri Star

    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    6,743
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: word/directional fabric as a border

    Quote Originally Posted by JCY View Post
    If I have a directional fabric for the border, I generally have the top & bottom borders right side up, so one can read it as you look at the front of the quilt. The side borders, I face to the outside.
    This seems to make the most sense. Good thinking Joy

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •