|65" x 65" Finished Quilt Top, "Paint Me A Story"|
|10 1/2" Finished Bear Paw Block|
|Original Layout Plan|
|4" Finished Paper Pieced Sawtooth Stars|
So once I had the bear paw blocks, the sashing, and the sawtooth stars, I started thinking about the borders. I started making blocks for this quilt before I had my EQ quilt design software, but by the time I got around to border options I was able to audition several possibilities on my computer.
|Pieced Border Possibililties, EQ7 Mock Up|
|I Found the Sink!!!|
|Scaled for Use By Children|
|You Have No Idea How Excited I Was to Find This Picture|
|Painted Dumped In Some Random Sink for Illustrative Purposes|
|Do You See the Paint Splotches and Swirls That I See?|
|The Inimitable Eric Carle|
You know, when I first started this quilt (before finishing another one that was in progress), my then-6th-grader son Anders was indignant about my "poor work ethic" (starting a new project when the last project wasn't finished yet), and he wanted to know for whom I was making this quilt. He had seen me make quilts for him, for his brother, for his dad, and as gifts for other people's children. I told him this one was just for ME -- and it really was.
Of course this is a finished quilt top only, not a finished quilt. I've pressed it, folded it neatly and hung it on a hanger in the guest room so it will be ready for my long arm frame once my long arm quilting skills are ready to tackle it. This quilt is going to get some custom quilting for sure, and I need to think some more about whether I want to try to tell more of the story through the quilting design. It needs to percolate in a back corner of my mind while I work on something else. Also I need to wait for an online fabric order to arrive because I ended up doing wider borders than I had originally planned and I came up 5" short on my chosen backing fabric. Because no, I never learn, and I always, ALWAYS need more fabric than I think I do! The backing fabric for this one is aptly named, though, don't you think?
|"Slow and Steady" Backing Fabric by Tula Pink|
First, I measure the length and width of my quilt top through the center to determine the cut lengths of my border strips. I snip into the selvage of my fabric about an inch into the not-quite-straight edge that was cut from the bolt and rip straight through the opposite selvage to have a perfectly straight, on-grain fabric edge. Then, in order to work with a piece of fabric that is as small and as manageable as possible, I add a few inches to my required border length, take a snip through the selvage at measurement of my border fabric yardage, and then I tear straight across through the other selvage. Then I multiply my cut border width times four, again adding a little bit for a fudge factor, and then I take a snip at the torn fabric edge and rip all the way down the lengthwise grain. So for this quilt top that finished up at 65" x 65", wanting to add four borders that were each 5" finished width, I tore my prewashed border fabric into a piece that was approximately 24" wide by 70" long. I folded the rest of the fabric and put it away for future use, and took my rectangle of rough-ripped fabric over to the ironing board for pressing and straightening. Much easier to get everything aligned properly for cutting with the pre-ripped fabric than it would be if I tried to press, straighten, and fold the 3 1/2 yard length of 44" wide fabric or whatever it was.
Then, instead of measuring the center of my quilt top and then measuring and cutting my border strips to that same measurement, I now skip the measuring. I just lay my starched and pressed quilt top on my work table, lay my border strips straight through the center of my quilt, aligning it with seam lines so I know it's straight, and smooth all of the fabric layers with my hand.
|Measureless Measuring for Final Borders|
|Just Cut Along the Yellow Line|
|Border Pinned, Ready for Stitching|
|Patchwork Foot 97D with Dual Feed and Seam Guide|
And now that I have chronicled the finished quilt top and documented my process for sewing quilt borders, I am moving on to the Tabby Mountain project that I told you about last time.
|"Tabby Mountain" by Tula Pink for Free Spirit, Free Pattern Available here|
|My Ruler and My Fat Quarters, Ready to Go!|
Wish me luck with that, since I can't even write a quick and simple blog post...
Since I've rambled on for this long, there's one more thing I'd like to share with those of you who have stuck with this post all the way to the finish line:
My son Lars, who just turned 17 (how did THAT happen?!!) the day after Christmas, and my two Rottweiler furbabies, Otto and Lulu, who will both turn 7 years old tomorrow:
|My Babies, Minus One: Lulu, Otto, and Lars-Of-Ours|
I'm linking up with:
· Let’s Bee Social at www.sewfreshquilts.blogspot.ca/
· Midweek Makers at www.quiltfabrication.com/
· WOW WIP on Wednesday at www.estheraliu.blogspot.com
· Needle and Thread Thursday at http://www.myquiltinfatuation.blogspot.com/
· Finish It Up Friday at www.crazymomquilts.blogspot.com
· Whoop Whoop Fridays at www.confessionsofafabricaddict.blogspot.com
· Off the Wall Friday at Creations: http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/
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