Quilt Along Session 5

Border 3: Churn Dash

Well, using  these blocks to make borders that need to fit really requires some finagling the end product, doesn’t it?

The best advice I can offer for the churn dash block is to make sure the value of your background is different than the value of the feature fabric.  Wherever possible, I kept the background fabric and feature fabric uniform for each block.  I also wanted the background to be lighter than the feature fabric.

I cut (2) 1 – 7/8″ squares of background, (2) 1 – 7/8″ squares of feature, (1) 1″ x 6″ strip of background, and (1) 1″ x 6″ strip of feature fabric, and (1) 1 ½”  square of background fabric.

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I made the corner pieces as indicated, but I sewed the 1″ strips together and sub cut into 1 ½” sections.

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Continue to make (52) 3 ½” blocks.

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Next Session is on     January 9, 2015         Border 4: Checkerboard

Homework: finish churn dash border.

Midnight at the Oasis 4th Session

You all said that I should post the next session even though most of you weren’t up to this point. I’ll keep the sessions up until everyone is completed.

4th Session

Border 2: Applique Vine

Before going farther, I need to confess that I had to adjust the size of my orange peel borders.  I have found in many patterns, my 1/4″ seam will vary from the pattern maker’s 1/4″ seam slightly.  Even if I vary as small as 1/16″ of an inch; with as many seams as we are working with, that 1/16″ can really add up.  No Worries, before you add a border, make sure you measure the section you are adding the border to three times.  When you are adding the left side border, measure the left side of the piece, the center and the right side.  Add the three measurements and divide by three.  This will give the average size and that is the measurement you use for the length of both side borders.  Add the side borders and then measure again: top, center and bottom.  Find that average and use it for both the top and bottom borders.  Repeat this for every border you add.

This may sound like an annoying extra step, but it will be well worth the effort.  This quilt has a lot of borders, and each border is made up of small blocks with many seams each.  Don’t be that quilter whose quilt is lop sided or doubles as a “D” cup bra when you lie it flat!

Having said that, begin by cutting (4) 5 ½” x 25 ½” strips (or whatever your sides and top borders measure out to be) of the primary background fabric.

The pattern calls for a 3/8″ bias tape maker.  If you don’t have one, you can press your 1″ strips lengthwise with wrong sides together and stitch a 1/8″ seam along the edge.  Press seam to one side on the back so you can sew it down with the seam hidden under the vine.

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Cut out the other applique pieces G, H, & I and the leaves for this border.  I made (10) G pieces, (20) H pieces, (55) I pieces and (15) leaves.

 

Arrange vines in a free form manner on the border background.  At each edge of the border, extend the vines an additional 2″ or so.  The vine on both ends of the borders  extend past the edge several inches so you can stitch these pieces of vine over the basket handles in the corners.

 

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Arrange the flowers, and leaves over the vines on border background and applique.  Save (4) flowers to put in the corner baskets.

The corner baskets call for (8) 1 – 7/8″ squares for each basket for a total of (32).  Cut each square in half diagonally and stitch them together randomly for a scrappy look.

  Once you assemble the baskets, cut (4) 5 ½” x 5 ½” square from the primary background.  Measure down from the top corner 1 – 1/8″ and mark.  Do the same on the bottom left corner.  Cut from mark to mark.

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Sew the basket to the background square.    DSC_0630 v1  Add a basket handle to the basket.

Sew a border to each side of center square.

Stitch a basket on each side of the top and bottom borders, then sew the borders to the top and bottom of the square.  The basket corners should be toward the inside.

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Once the applique borders are finished, add the tiny borders as before:

Cut (2) 1″ x 35 ½” strips }     Adjust if necessary.

Cut (2) 1″ x 36 ½” strips}

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The next Session is on    December 26           3rd Border : Churn Dash

Homework – finish applique border