Medallion Quilt Along – Border 3a – Stacked Logs
July 15, 2008 § 8 Comments
It’s growing! Another border has been added. Woo hoo.
This is a great border for those of you who have a hard time making things random and scrappy. Force yourself to go beyond what you usually do. Listen to what your quilt and your gut feeling is telling you. Take a risk. Play. I felt like I needed a little burst of red or pink before I got too far away from the screaming pink circle in the very middle. What is your quilt telling you?
This border was super easy. Let me give you all the stats before we get started.
~ Border width, finished (without seams) – 2″
~ Quilt size so far – 24 1/2″ x 24 1/2″
1. Cut 26 – 1 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles from lighter fabric and 26 – 1 1/2″ x 4″ rectangles from darker fabric.
Now that I see mine all together, I might have considered making the lighter ones not so light. Spend a little time thinking about what kind of effect you might want with this border… a distinct edge? lights & darks? blending of colors? It’s all up to you.
2. Alternating lights and darks, sew 6 rectangles together, end to end, for the inside row and 7 rectangles together for the outside row. Sew the two rows together as shown above to make one border side. Make 4 of these and trim each of them to 20 1/2″ in length. The width should measure 2 1/2″.
Scroll up to the photo of my finished border and notice how I tried to continue the alternating light/dark fabrics around the block. You may choose to do this… or you may not. Make a decision based on how your quilt looks and what effect you want.
3. For the “Square in a Square” corner blocks, cut 4 – 2 1/2″ squares for the center and 16 – 1 1/2″ squares for the corners. Make four “Square in a Square” blocks.
Does this block look familiar to you? We made a bunch of these in the first border. You may want to refer to the Border 1 Instructions again to familiarize yourself with this construction method.
4. Sew a border strip to each side of the quilt, pressing the seams towards the outside.
5. Sew a corner block to each end of the remaining border strips. Sew these strips to the top and bottom of the quilt.
Yay! Border number three is finished and should measure 24 1/2″ x 24 1/2″
If your quilt is not coming out to be this size, this is a great time to fudge. You could change the corner blocks to solid fabric and then trim the quilt to the above size if it is too big… or make the logs a little bit wider if your quilt is too small. It’s a great opportunity to square things up and get ready for the next four borders. Then we will make this type of border again, giving another opportunity to square things up.
Let’s take a survey. Of those who are using this quilt as a stash busting project…
1. Have you used any unusual or interesting fabrics that have turned out to be a pleasant surprise? I added a Christmas fabric in the corner block. (See above)
2. How many different fabrics have you used so far? I’ve used 23.
And… the obligatory photo of the back side. I would like to see what the “quilting guts” look like of those made by famous quilt designers/artists. Wouldn’t you? And here’s proof in mine that things don’t always match up as they should. (See the red corner block) But… make the front look nice and no one will ever know. Shhhh. Don’t tell.