How To Use Coping Borders To Easily Make A Quilt

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This week, we’re talking about Coping Borders.  These are borders that you can add to panels, blocks, or pretty much anything to help make different-sized units fit nicely with each other.  There are a couple of different ways to tackle this so we’re going to give you options on how to accomplish a great end result.  Oh, and be sure to watch all the way to the end as we weren’t on our A game and forgot some information.


This week’s quilting blog is all about easily making your panels and blocks fit using Coping Borders [and not too much math!]. What is Coping Borders? Using strips of fabric around the border of a panel or quilt block to ensure all the pieces fit together properly.

[0:20 minutes] Coping Borders – “It’s going to help you cope with any problems you might run into.”
Many times this method is used when you’re using a panel of some sort, but there are lots of applications.
[:45 minutes] Coping Border Quilt Example #1: The disappearing 9-patch and making the panel work.
[1:28 minutes] Coping Border Quilt Example #2: “Blossom and Grow” Quilt. Use the coping border to make sure the panel block matches the size of the star blocks around it.
[1:57 minutes] Coping Border Quilt Example #3: “Sweet World” Quilt – Creating a coping border that fits around a larger panel.

Quilt Panels and the Problems You Run Into
[2:27 minutes] Pre-printed panels and the borders that are around them: Even after trimming according to the instructions, you still run into issues. We share samples of the struggles you may run into and how to fix them.
[4:09 minutes] Problem-solving so your blocks will be straight and uniform with each other with a coping border.  Sometimes, companies will give you instructions on how to address this with a coping border but you still might need to cut it a little smaller because of printing differentiations.

How To Create a Coping Border
[7:45 minutes] When you’re adding the coping borders on, you’re intentionally oversizing the borders and then trimming them to their correct size. Consequently, you might need to add an extra ¼” – ½” to the border just to make your life easier.
[8:24 minutes] How to trim your panel piece with the coping border so it is the size you need it to be: We line up our seams, take our ruler, and, putting it on our fold, we will cut it down to our cut size [not our finished size]. Then repeat with the other two sides. We then have the perfect block!
[10:00 minutes] We have a question about the 9-patch blocks that we’re addressing today. We’re sharing our cheat sheet  / math on how we determined the coping border size.
[11:28 minutes] If you have a bunch of leftover blocks that could go together but none are the same size, this is how you would cope with that. You could take all of those blocks and create a sampler! Just add a random background or a sashing and create it that way.
[11:56 minutes] Another quilt design idea: If you have a pattern that calls for a specific panel but you don’t have that panel, use what you have, cutting it and using the coping border technique to have it fit the sizing it calls for.

How You Can Utilize Stencils For More Than One Project
[12:22 minutes] Using the “Blossom and Grow” quilt kit, we decided we wanted to use hearts. So, we went through our stencils and used one by centering them in the square and stitched the heart pattern so our blocks weren’t so poofy.
[13:58 minutes] We share how we used other stencils for our outside border.

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