Do you look forward to Mondays? Generally, I do; I look forward to tackling the projects and activities on my calendar and to-do list. Usually I set a goal to work on a quilt or two, and there’s always housework (spring cleaning). Other weekly goals and responsibilities aside, I hope you look forward to receiving the next step in our QAL which posts on Mondays! Today’s step marks the final patchwork border. Next week, we’ll talk about quilting options.
Step 5: Piece the Outer Border
From Print fabric, cut 2 strips 6 ½” x 42.” Sub-cut in 2 ½” increments. You need 32 rectangles that measure 2 ½” x 6 ½.”
From Blue fabric, cut 2 strips 4 ½” x 42.” From White fabric, cut 2 strips 2 ½” x 42.”
Sew Blue and White strips right sides together. Make 2 strip sets that measure 6 ½” wide. Press seam allowances toward Blue fabric.
Sub-cut in 2 ½” increments. You need 36 units, so you may have to cut a few more Blue (2 ½” x 4 ½”) and White (2 ½” x 2 ½”) pieces from remaining fabric.
Sew Print rectangles and Blue/White units together, alternating pieces as shown below.
Make 4 border strips; each has 9 Blue/White units and 8 Print rectangles. Press seam allowances toward the Print strips.
Sew two borders to opposite sides of the quilt top. Press seam allowances toward the inner border.
From 6 ½” wide (or 7” wide) Red strip, remaining from Step 1, cut four 6 ½” squares. Sew these Red squares to both ends of the two remaining pieced borders.
Pin and sew the final borders to the opposite sides of the quilt top.
Press the seam allowances toward the inner border.
Leave a comment below when you’ve completed your quilt top.