Thursday 16 June 2011

How I Mitre Corners

Draw a line on both borders
 Fold and press the edges with an iron
 Position the pressed edge on top of the 2nd mitred line,
then apply a tiny amount of Elmer’s Glue along
the inside edge and press flat
Leave open a 1/4 of an inch from the edge. The pin indicates where 1/4 inch is .You leave this 1/4 inch open to attach the centre of the quilt top later on (blocks)

Stitch the seam with a slightly smaller stitch making sure that the tension does not stretch or warp during stitching
Cut away the excess fabric making sure
that you leave a 1/2 inch seam allowance
Gently release the glue by tugging the seam open and press flat
Turn to the right side and check that everything is positioned correctly and is nice and flat

For those of you making Block 5 of my BOM Hearts Desire, continue reading: We are now referring to the curvy applique detail which was added to the base border and was left pinned back during mitre-ing. I purposefully did not mitre the applique with the seam because it creates too much bulk if you do. For absolute precision, I prefer to mitre overlay appliqué separately.

Follow the pics below for a visual on how I do this

Notice how the applique is pinned back? Now that you have mitred the border fabric, go ahead and mitre the applique too

Remember to leave a 1/4 inch seam allowance just as you did with with backgrounbd border fabric- you will need it when adding the centre quilt

Mitre the background border fabric
Mitre the applique 'overlay' next and when both are neatly mitred, then you are able to position the applique basket over the mitred seam. And your corners will all look something like this.


  1. Thank you for this tutorial Esther. I have learned so much with this project. There has been times I wondered what I was thinking trying to do hand work like this, and It is rough in spots compared to everyone else's, but I am soooo very happy with my decision to try this. I'm ever so grateful for your generosity with sharing this project with us all.

  2. I will have to tag this one....thanks for the tutorial!

  3. S-P-E-E-C-H-L-E-S-S ! ! ! This is a S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G block! Thank you very much. I'm still on block one, but hope to catch up by July 15.

  4. Thank you for sharing this technic, I wrote this one in my sketch book to remind next time I mitre a corner.

  5. I'm bookmarking this for future use - really useful. Thanks for taking the time to write it up.

  6. Terrific tutorial, thank you! And what a captivating border! I also checked out your more recent post that featured it and it is amazing!


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