Medallion Quilt-Along – Border 8b – Half Square Triangles
January 28, 2009 § 8 Comments
How are you all doing? This quilt is growing at a rapid rate now, isn’t it! I’ve started making the borders a little wider than in the beginning. It just feels like they should be wider. And, I always try to find a border measurement that divides nicely into an even number of blocks.
I’m having mixed feelings about my quilt. Some days I like it. And other days I wish I could take it apart and start over again. I think it’s because these are stash-busting fabrics. It was my original goal to only use fabrics I have on hand. And right now… I’m really into bright colors, not these muted tones that have been in my stash forever. It must be the mid-winter, nearly February blues. Ask me again in March if I feel the same way.
Also, I think there may be a few new Quilt-Alongers joining us. Welcome! Please feel free to join the Flickr group and share your progress. No matter where you are in the process. It’s so great to see how different each quilt is. And we’d love to ooh and aah over your creation!
This border is a repeat of Border 4. You may use that method of construction if you prefer. But I will be using the Easy Angle again as in the last border. To me, it feels like the construction goes faster. And these borders are getting bigger and taking more time. Right now… anything to speed it up a bit!
- Half Square Triangles – finished block size – 3 1/2″.
- Finished width of border -3 1/2″.
- Quilt width after this border – 63 1/2″ square.
- Yardage requirements – 1 yard total. If you use the Border 4 instructions, you will need 1 1/8 yards total.
Okay… here we go.
1. Cut (8) 4-inch width-of-fabric strips in a variety of fabric. I cut half from a light fabric and the half from a darker fabric. But they could be a lot closer in value as well.
2. From the strips, cut 64 half-square triangles each of light values and dark values… or whatever combination of values that you have chosen for a total of 128 triangles before sewing.
Lay a light fabric on top of a dark fabric, placing right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam along the diagonal edge. Press the seams open.
3. Arrange 16 half-square triangles along each side of the quilt center to create a light and dark diagonal pattern. Sew the left side and the right side together first. Press the seams open. Attach each side to the quilt center. Press the seams towards the outside edge of the quilt.
4. For the corner blocks cut (4) 4″ x 4″ squares from a lighter fabric and (16) 2 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ squares from a darker fabric. These blocks are the fabulous, reliable Square-in-a-Square, again. Refer back to Border 1 for a refresher on how to piece these blocks.
5. Sew the top and bottom border squares together. Then sew a corner square-in-a-square block to each end of the top and bottom borders. Sew the top and bottom borders to the quilt.
Your quilt should now measure 63 1/2″ square. Next up, in a couple of weeks… the long anticipated Flying Geese border.
And a big Thank YOU to all of you for being so enthusiastic about this quilt. It is just the motivation and accountability that I have needed to keep going!