How to Make Mitered Corners (or Mitred Corners) for your Borders

There are some techniques in quilting that make new or moderately experienced quilters shudder. Two include Y-seams and mitered corners. A mitered corner can make a big difference in how a quilt top looks. You can easily piece four straight pieces of fabric for a border, butted up together to make them fit around the corner. I’ve done this for many of my quilts. But I think that mitered corners give corners a more finished look, especially if using stripes or some other similar type of pattern.

I used mitered corners in the Double Irish Chain quilt I’m making on commission. This video shows you how I do these corners and you can see that it’s not all that difficult. The important thing is to take your time, follow the steps and to be as accurate as you can.

Before doing this for the first time on a quilt, I suggest you try on a piece of scrap fabric as I did in the video.  It can take a bit of practice to ensure you don’t have a pucker in the corner. But once you’ve got the hang of it, you will be wondering why you didn’t start doing mitered corners sooner.

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