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2019 Block of the Month - Borders and Construction

 by thequiltingpatch on 24 Dec 2019 |
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If you've made it this far, you have sewn all your 12 flower blocks and the sun compass and are wondering whats next..

Here is where we are going to work with what you have, and not with what you should have according to this pattern. We are going off road!
And let me explain why..
First of all, there's colour and fabric choice.. if you lay out your blocks exactly as the pattern above, it may not be the best layout your quilt could have.
For instance when I laid my blocks out exactly as the quilt pattern, I ended up with 4 blocks of red flowers in a row. There was a real clump of red in one section and it looked aweful. So I've moved my 4 red blocks, placing one in each corner. I then took my 3 blue blocks and evenly spread them around, and so on. 

It might take you a while to decide where your blocks are going. Take some photos with your phone along the way so you can decide on your final layout. Looking through you phone makes it easier for you to spot the "clumps" of colour or tone.

Lets talk about how this medallion quilt is going to come together. 
  • First of all we have our centre block - our sun compass. It's going to have a thin floral frame. 
  • This is surrounded by a floral block border - these are the 12 floral blocks that you made. First we will attach two side border sections, made from 4 of our floral blocks. Next we will attach the top and bottom border sections made from our remaining 8 floral blocks.
  • The pieced border is a border that features the scrappy floral prints we have used to frame our flower blocks.
  • The last border is a plain border which is cut 3 1/4" wide
  • Last is the binding - cut at 2 1/2" wide
To frame the sun compass, cut your 4 frames 1 3/8" x 20 1/2" ( or whatever your compass square measures - mine was 20" so believe me there is wiggle room) 
Cut 4 corner stones in the background fabric 1 3/8"
Attach two squares to either end of two of your frames.

Sew the first two plain frames to the sides of your compass centre


Now add the frames with the cornerstones attached to the top and bottom of the sun compass



Its now time to attach the side floral blocks to the framed sun compass. Make sure you pin the seam intersections so that your frames on your sun compass line up with the frames on your floral blocks.





 The next step is to attach the top and bottom floral block rows, again making sure the seams line up by pinning them first. 




The last bit of piecing from this quilt will be the pieced border. We are going to strip piece it, unless you are working with scraps and can't cut strips in any great length to strip piece. 

If you are not familiar with strip piecing, check out my blog post from last year, in particular the first set of photos where I explain cutting and sewing the strips and then crosscutting them. 

Your strips will be cut 2 1/8" wide. Sew one background fabric strip to a floral strip. Press well. Then crosscut this strip set to 3 1/4".  Join the sections of 3 1/4" together, topping and tailing them so that the fabric prints create a checkerboard pattern. 
Each border has 16 units making up the checkerboard. You will need 64 units to make enough for the quilt. 
Make and sew your border units together. Measure the length of these border units.



Now cut 4 strips in the background fabric that is 3 3/4" wide x the length measured above.
Sew these strips to each border unit.  ( ignore the seams in the picture below - your plain strip is cut in one length) 


Now we need to make the 4 corner units. Once finished you will will attach two corner units to either end of 2 of your border units. 


The corner unit consists of a four patch bordered on two sides by a mitred edge. 
The four patch section consist of squares cut 2 1/8".
The mitred edges are strips cut 3 3/4" x 7 3/8" and then trimmed on one edge at 45 degrees.

   

To sew this corner unit together, first make the four patch sections.
Then pin and sew one mitred border from the straight side edge to the corner, stopping 1/4" short of the angled edge. Press.
  

Pin your second mitred border piece to the adjacent edge



Beginning at the straight edge, sew towards the mitre, stop at the 1/4", lift the machine foot keeping the machine needle down to hold the fabric in place. Align the two pointy corner pieces and the mitred edge. Lower the foot and continue sewing to the end of the seam. 
  

Your corner section seams should align with your border section seams. Attach two corner sections to the end of two pieced borders as below.



You are now ready to attach the first two borders to the side edges of your quilt (the two without the corners attached.) Make sure you pin the borders and then sew.
Press the quilt and then attach the second two borders (with the corners attached) again pinning first to align seams. 
Phew!!! Nearly there!!
The last border is a plain background border cut at 3 1/4", so it's time to press and measure your quilt, so you'll be able to cut the first two strips to the correct size.
I would suggest measuring the quilt through the centre and cutting those 3 1/4" strips to this length, as a last effort in squaring up the quilt. Once you have the first two strips cut you can sew them on and press them.
Repeat this step cutting the last two border strips to size before pinning and sewing them on. 

Congratulations... if you are here with me now, you have a finished quilt top!!

I hope you have enjoyed this years' challenging quilt - I think it is quite stunning and a credit to your sewing skills. 
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Have a safe and relaxing holiday season. 
Much love
Danni xx

Comment(s)2

Patricia - Comment
Patricia19 Jan 2020Reply
Thank you Danni for such a great pattern and easy to follow instructions. Enjoyed this one immensely.
Joan - Comment
Joan07 Feb 2020Reply
Thanks so much for this beautiful quilt! I truly do hope to do this one; Iv'e saved the wonderful patterns along the way, just have not gotten started. I so appreciate your sharing it with us!
thequiltingpatch - Comment
thequiltingpatch07 Feb 2020Reply
Thanks Joan xx

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