My quilting teacher commented on the way I make my borders around my quilts and I hadn't really thought that I was doing anything new or novel - I thought everyone did their borders this way. She took a photo to show a fellow quilting teacher so I thought I would post this information and see if it helps anyone else.
For the purpose of showing how I put together borders this demo is not to scale. (And when I take pictures on the macro setting of my camera my images always seemed curved - does anyone else have this issues?)
I have used a orange rectangle to represent the 'quilt' or block. I make a long strip of fabric by sewing equal lengths together (crosswise grain) when I'm making large borders. I do not have joins in the border fabric if I am bordering blocks.
I sew the border in the following order and direction.
Press & trim and add the next strip that goes top to bottom on the right side of the quilt/block.
Continue with the bottom strip again going from right to left.
On your final strip sew from the bottom left to the top left of the quilt. Your 1st strip and your last strip will still not be connected in the corner.
Connect the strips by folding the top strip down.
Sew the strips together.
Press & trim.
The back of the border will look like this.
Other quilting tips:
Basting & Layering Tip
Machine Chain Piecing