Medallion Quilt-Along – Border 10
March 6, 2009 § 13 Comments
My quilt and I have become very intimate from the sewing & ripping and sewing & ripping that has been going on this week. I don’t know if it is in a good way. But I am happy to say that I finally stitched the last piece of the border on this afternoon.
The quilt is so big now that I have no place to hang it or lay it for a good photograph. So I pinned it up on the pergola in the back of our house. And to think that there are still two more borders! Thankfully, quilts shrink a smidge in size when all the quilting is finally done.
This border is a repeat of Border 2 and Border 5. If you have been making the Angled Bricks like Jennifer’s quilt, please continue on with that. As for the rest of you, for the sake of repetition, I haven’t photographed every step. You can refer to the instructions for the previous two borders.
- Finished block size – 3″ square
- Finished width of border – 3″
- Yardage requirements – 5/8 yard for dark squares and 1/2 yard each of medium & light fabric for the half-square triangles. Less if you are using the Easy Angle ruler.
- Width of quilt after this border – 78 1/2″ x 78 1/2″
1. Cut (50) 3 1/2″ squares from a dark fabric. For the half-square triangles, determine which method you wish to use:
- Cutting squares, sewing, cutting in half, and trimming as in Border 2. Cut 4″ squares and proceed with Border 2 instructions.
- Using Thangles as in Border 5. Cut 3 1/2″ strips and proceed with Thangles instructions.
- Using the Easy Angle as in Border 8b. cut 3 1/2″ strips and proceed with Easy Angle instructions.
You will need a total of 50 half-square triangles. As you can see, I chose the Easy Angle ruler again. And, since this is a wider border, I decided to press the seams towards the darker triangle this time.
Here’s a little quilting tip that I learned in a class some time ago. When starting a seam, use a small scrap of fabric folded in half as a leader to chain piecing your blocks. You know how threads often get bunched up on the bottom when you start? Doing this step will leave the bunchy, knotty threads on the scrap fabric and give a clean start and finish on your block.
Cut the scrap fabric off and use it the next time you start another seam. When the scrap is too full of threads, throw it away and start with another small scrap.
2. After sewing and ripping and sewing the borders a couple of times, I figured the easiest way to put this border together without having to fight the size, was to arrange the blocks for each border in a clockwise order. Then one border at a time, sew the blocks together and attach them to the quilt.
- Start at the top, arrange the alternating squares and half-square triangles. Sew 24 blocks together. Attach to the quilt.
- Going clockwise around the quilt, continue arranging the alternating squares and half-square triangles. Sew 25 blocks together and attach to the quilt.
- Again, arrange and sew 25 blocks together, attaching the border to the quilt.
- And finally, arrange the remaining 26 blocks and attach the border to the quilt.
Viola! You are finished. Can you believe that there are only two more borders left before we are finished? My, that last year went fast! I’m already having bittersweet feelings. I’m going to miss this monthly meeting with you all!!! But I am also anxious to be finished with this quilt. Sigh.