Corners and Borders With BERNINA Q-matic
Create this 50” square table-top quilt to practice your borders and corners with BERNINA Q-matic!
Project size: 50″ x 50″
Four 10″ blocks for center
Inner border 5″
Middle border 2 1/2″
Outside border 7 1/2″
Quilting Designs used: Amanda Murphy Quilting designs from OESD
Center Blocks: #80214 Hearts Quilting by Amanda Murphy
Inner border: #80259 Traditional Feathers 3 by Amanda Murphy
Middle border: #80263 Loops Quilting by Amanda Murphy
Outside border: #80261 Heart Shaped Leaves by Amanda Murphy
There could be many different ways to create corners and borders in the BERNINA Q-matic Longarm Quilting Automation System, but the following information is the way I thought it would be the easiest way to create them.
Keep these thoughts in mind when you are creating your layout in Q-matic:
• Use Attach instead of E2E+ for the sides. You will want to Un-connect them as you go in order to stitch them when they are in your Safe Area.
• Use Reverse Sew when needed. This will come in very handy when placing the design next to the ones you have already stitched to get a better view of what is happening. You can always reverse them back after placing.
• When going across or down the sides you may need to rotate. Use Rotate to move the design in very small increments. There is 0.1 degree clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you place the Start Point where you need it, you can select “Start Point” to rotate around for better placement.
• Remember Zoom. It may be easier to get to where you need to be if you use the Zoom to fine tune things.
• Use the Block design in Q-matic to create a visual for your borders.
• Use Markers to place your designs and rows.
• Mark the seam for your binding. I stitched 1/4 inch from the edge. You could mark with chalk or a Frixion (heat erasable) pen.
• Mark the center of your quilt top horizontally and vertically on the computer screen using Markers and on your quilt top with a fabric marker to make sure you will not have to stretch or shrink the designs when you get to the bottom. If doing a very large border, you may want to mark the quarters too.
• It is always easier to leave a space than it is to hit a line. I left a space on both sides of my borders.
• When working with borders and given the fact that not all borders are straight and even, it is acceptable to “massage” the quilt as you go to make sure you stitch where you want.
Creating the layout in Q-matic:
1. Place four Square designs from the Q-matic library on the Quilting Area of the screen.
2. Resize to be 20” x 20”, 30” x 30”, 35” x 35” and 50” x 50”.
3. Use the Align tool to align them horizontally and vertically.
4. If you only are doing one border, you will need two squares to resize for the outside and inside of the border.
6. Place them on the Quilt Area and arrange in the border.
7. Copy the corner design so that you have four of them. Rotate the designs so that they all would connect clockwise or counter-clockwise. Make any adjustment in size of design needed.
8. Add in the border side and top/bottom designs. Make sure you use Copy and Attach when going down the sides. Make the size adjustment if needed to fit the width of the border.
9. Adjust the size to make it fit between the corners. Use Resize and uncheck Maintain Ratio. Now right click on the black handle that is in the middle on the right side to make it green so you can resize just the width.
Some adjustment may be needed.
12. Create the sides now. Copy the border design as many times as needed. I used five copies and opted to make the row of designs a little shorter by resizing as we did before.
13. Copy that side and rotate 180 degrees and place on other side. Some resizing and adjusting may be needed.
Repeat this process until you have all of your borders created.
I did not change the size of the designs for the outer border, but for the middle border, I changed the border design to 2.33” x 1.75” and the corner to 2.13” x 2.13”. On the inner border, I had to change the sizes of the border design to 4.91” x 4.50” and the corner to 6.13” x 7.77”. This step could take some time but it is worth it. Resize the border design first, then the corner and make sure they match up before going on. Use Attach to make sure they are good and then Un-connect to work with them.
Note that side borders are unconnected with many start points indicated by the small circle with the green line coming out of it.
15. Load quilt and mark center with Markers. Don’t forget to make sure you have your seam allowance marked on the outside edge so that you can place your outside border evenly.
Starting at the top with the corners, place the corner using markers and connect¬ the markers on the outer edge and inner edge. Make any adjustments in the corner that is needed.
17. Place, queue and stitch the other corner of the outer border. You could connect the markers to show a miter in the corner if that helps you place the design.
18. Select and place the top row between the corners.
There will need to be some adjustments made. Quilting will take up some room and fabric is pliable unlike wood or metal. Zoom in close to see what needs to be done.
If you need to resize, remember you can do that without maintaining the ratio. You can also rotate the design if needed to make the stitches match up. You can even rotate around the start point, so place it first and then rotate the other end of the row.
19. I then started down the sides that was still in my Safe Area. Select the first one on the left side. Move so that it touches the ending stitch on the already-stitched design. To make sure you are at the correct spot, place the needle over the stitch and look at the crosshairs on the computer screen to place correctly. Move design to match needle crosshairs. It may not match on the computer screen, but should match to the needle crosshairs. Queue and stitch the one on the left then repeat the process to place, queue and stitch the one on the right.
20. I was only able to do one of the outer border designs on each side at a time as there was only one in the Safe Area. When doing the middle and inner borders I was able to stitch more designs on the sides because they are much smaller designs. Only queue and stitch what is in the Safe Area each time.
We are stitching from the top of the quilt to the bottom of the quilt without turning the quilt to do side borders so we will now need to do the middle border.
Follow the same process for the middle border as you did for the outer border.
Start with the top left corner first. Place using Markers and connecting the ones on the outer sides and the ones on the inside. Make any adjustments in size if needed.
22. Stitch the other corner using the same process.
24. Most likely you will also need to rotate. Place the start point and the select to rotate around the “start point” and move the other end to match where the stitching is. Don’t forget that the crosshairs of the needle are great for this. I found that I had to do more adjusting on the middle border and the inner border than I did on the outer border.
26. Now we will want to stitch the part of the side border that is in our Safe Area. Select the designs that are in the Safe Area and use Attach to connect them. This way they will all stitch at one time. Take your time and resize if need as well as rotate when needed. You can resize without maintaining the ratio. There is always some shrinking and moving of the fabric during the quilting process.
27. Repeat this for the other side.
Now following the same process, place corners and stitch them for the inner border. Stitch the row between the two corners of the inner border then stitch down the side what will fit in the Safe Area.
28. Stitch the designs that are in the side borders as you go, only queueing and stitching what is in the Safe Area. Always work from side to side.
The blocks in the center of the layout should be quilted when they are in your Safe Area. I used the Boundary tool with Morph to Fit to place each of the designs one at a time.
Be sure and use Realign as you advance the quilt so that your layout will continue to look the same and the designs will all be easier to place.
I opted to wait to stitch one design in each of the side borders until after I had the bottom stitched. I stitched the corners first and then the row in between. I then went to the last design in each of the sides and resized it as needed and stitched it last.