Medallion Quilt-Along – Border 12
May 4, 2009 § 17 Comments
Voila. Here it is. The last border of the Medallion Quilt. I’m sorry about the wait. I’m still moving slower than my normal speed after knee surgery. But every day is getting better. Lately, I’ve been a one-task gal and only getting one thing done each day, sometimes two. Needless to say, the house is not as clean as I would like. But I feel a spring cleaning binge coming on!
This border is a repeat of Border 4 and Border 8b. You can use either method to make this final border. I chose my trusty Easy Angle again, mainly because I dislike trimming down the squares when there are so many of them. And… I wanted to use up some of the small scraps of fabric leftover rather than to try and fit them back into my stash.
- Half square triangles – finished size – 2 1/2″
- Finished width of border – 2 1/2″
- Quilt width after this border -87 1/2″ square
- Yardage requirements – 2/3 yard each light and dark fabrics.
1. Cut (66) 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ squares of each light and dark fabrics if you are using the Border 4 method of construction. Trim the blocks to 3″ square.
Or… cut (132) triangles of each light and dark fabrics from 3″ strips of fabric if you are using the Easy Angle and Border 8b method of construction.
Proceed with the perspective sewing instructions in the previous borders.
2. For the corner hour-glass blocks, cut (2) 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ squares of each a light and dark fabric. Cut the squares in half diagonally twice to make 8 quarter-square triangles each from the light and dark fabrics.
Sew the lower two light and a dark quarter-square triangles to each other to create a half square triangle. Do the same to the upper two quarter square triangles. Sew the two half square triangles together to create a complete hour-glass block.
3. Arrange 33 half-square triangles along each side of the quilt to create a light and dark diagonal pattern. Sew the left side and the right side borders to the quilt first, pressing the seams to the outside edge of the quilt.
Then, sew the top and bottom borders together adding a corner hour-glass block to each end. Sew the top and bottom borders to the quilt, pressing the seams to the outside.
A BIG high-five to you for finishing this quilt! I can’t believe we did it. But we did! And I’m so proud of you!
A prairie point tutorial will be coming soon for those who might want to finish your quilt with them. I’ve decided to eliminate them on my quilt. Mainly because the quilt is definitely big enough! It doesn’t need anything more to fit nicely on our bed. But if you’ve decided to stop a few borders sooner, prairie points might be a nice finish.
A Big Thank You!
Some of you have mentioned your desire to do another quilt-along… I SO much appreciate all your kind comments and enthusiasm for this project! I will consider hosting another quilt-along in the future. But I have no idea what or when. Maybe this fall? Maybe only 6 months long rather than a whole year? And… I think we all need a little break. There are a lot of thoughts running through my head about this at the moment.
a. I’d like to actually quilt this quilt… and the other quilt tops sitting on my shelf. That would be a good goal for me to work on over the summer.
b. My overflowing scrap baskets are calling to me and I really want to get back to using up the scraps!
c. And… I love writing or talking about all the different ways to make a quilt. This quilt-along was an amazing way to connect with some of you and I’ve loved seeing your quilts grow. I’d love to continue hearing about what you are making, ideas of ways I can help, and generally cheering each other on in our projects.
You guys rock!