The Border Quilt Quilt-Along is off to a great start! It’s not too late to join in. Jen of Patterns by Jen designed a beautiful medallion quilt that I couldn’t resist. You can purchase the pattern from Jen’s shop any time. You might choose to use the same Enchanted Forest flannels from Northcott that Jen used or forge your own path. I opted to shop my stash for a scrappy monochromatic quilt. Did you read the post about choosing a scrappy palette?
Since I decided to add ALL the borders and make the largest size (86″ x 92″), I had to make sure I had enough Grunge in my stash for the non-pieced borders. I went ahead and figured out how much of each border width I would need and stitched all of the strips together with straight seams to avoid bias, then I started cutting from the innermost borders on out. I figured that way, if I came up short, I’d have plenty of time to track down the extra fabric I would need.
Do be sure to cut the borders to size before sewing, rather than sewing them on and trimming to fit. Pin your borders before you stitch them on–pin the center and the ends, then every six inches or so in between, easing in any excess fabric to avoid pleats. Stitch slowly and press carefully in the direction indicated on the pattern.
Since I chose to work with scraps, I can’t strip piece to save time. Instead, I have to individually cut the squares that I need and place them on the portable design wall around the quilt top to check the layout.
I think it’s worth the little bit of extra effort.
Make sure you have any tools ready for making lots of half-square triangles and flying geese. Jen recommends the Tucker Trimmer I and the Wing Clipper I. I haven’t tried the Tucker Trimmer (I use Bloc-Loc), but I do have the Wing Clipper and love it.