Border Quilt QAL Starts Soon–Time to Pick Fabric!

Border Quilt Quilt Along button

I’m excited to participate in the Border Quilt Quilt-Along! Jen of Patterns by Jen designed a beautiful quilt using Enchanted Forest flannels from Northcott, which will be in stores well before the start date of September 12. Check out Jen’s post to find out how to buy the pattern so you can start getting your fabric choices ready.

Border Quilt Quilt Along

You choose how many borders you wish to add based on the size of the quilt you decide to make. I’m going to see how far my chosen fabrics take me! I think it’s going to end up using all the borders.

My Border Quilt fabrics:

After a lot of going back and forth about what fabrics to use, I finally decided to go scrappy. Since one glance at my shelves told me that the “blues” were overflowing far more than the other bins up there, clearly a blue quilt loomed in my near future. I started sorting my blue scraps and fat quarters into light, medium light, medium dark, and dark piles, curating them into a pleasing combo that ended up with a lot of teals in it. I’ll supplement with yardage as needed, and plan to use a light blue Kona for the background fabric.

Border Quilt Fabrics Border Quilt Fabrics in black and white

I always take a picture of my fabric choices for a quilt all together, then convert it to black and white to double-check the values. This one surprised me–I thought the mediums would read as close together, but really the light and medium light ended up looking more similar in value. But I’m not changing a thing!

Staying organized:

One of Jen’s blog posts has a fabric organizer and some other tips for getting ready to start. I highly recommend an organizer if you’re not going really, really scrappy. Since I am going really, really scrappy, here’s my current organizational method.

Border Quilt Organizer

The pattern went into a folder, and that folder and all the freezer bags are in a tote. Once I start cutting, the cut pieces will have their own bin and probably little baggies, too, to keep the sizes separate if there are too many pieces to just pin together.

Here’s the full schedule:

Sept 12 – Making the center (both center options will be included in this post)
Sept 26 – Checker border with two background borders
Oct 10 – Star blocks with a background border
Oct 24 – Friendship stars with a background border
Nov 7 – Pinwheels with a background border
Nov 21 – Flying Geese
Dec 5 – Finishing touches

Border Quilter Interviews:

There are 11 of us bloggers quilting along with Jen! She interviewed each of us by e-mail, and I’m highly entertained with the interviews she’s posted so far. Be sure to check out each and every blogger, as I’m sure we’ll all end up with wildly different quilts by December.

Will you quilt along with us?

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  1. Its going to be a gorgeous quilt! I love that you take the picture and turn to black and white – it is one of my favorite things to do. This looks to be a terrific qal!