How to Insert a Decorative Flange

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This Design Element Can be Used Many Ways!

Have you ever wanted to add a pop of color somewhere in your quilt? A flange may be the perfect solution.

That little strip of color can often make a big difference. In this instance a dark green flange was inserted between the inner and outer borders. The quilt wouldn’t be nearly as nice without it, as the flange ties all the elements together.

How to Insert a Decorative Flange

A flange could go around blocks or anywhere that needs an accent or additional emphasis. Think of it as a narrow outline to create more distinction between design elements. A flange can also be used in areas that need a pop of a particular color to tie a quilt together.

The following quilt by Teresa from a Quilt and a Prayer has three flanges – on either side of the inner border and inside the binding. Learn more about why she chose the three flanges here.

How to Insert a Decorative Flange

You’ll find more examples of flanges, and another good tutorial, here at The Crafty Quilter.

How to Insert a Decorative Flange

Fortunately, a flange is not difficult to create. Susan from QuiltFabrication has written an excellent tutorial about how to make and install one. She includes instructions for altering the width to suit your project.

Click here for the “Inserting a Decorative Flange” tutorial.


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