The Border Quilt Quilt-Along is growing fast, and now we’re adding the third and fourth borders! 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?
I prepared all of the “solid” borders in advance, so all I needed to do was find the right size and put it on. What a timesaver during a busy week–this really helped!
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.
This week, I wish I could strip-piece. I’m so rushed and tired that I swear none of my “squares” were the same size or shape! None of them were so bad that I couldn’t fudge the seam allowance a bit to make them work, though. It’ll be fine.
However, my design wall is currently occupied with 100+ blocks, so I had to wing the layout a bit and then photograph the results on my living room curtains. I love that stained-glass look you can get when you take a pic of a quilt top with light behind it, though, don’t you?
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.