Hi friends! Are you ready to move on?
Let’s trim up the quilt center.
Place your ruler along the edge and make sure that you are leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance!!
Trim all sides and you should have something that looks like this, ready for the borders.
For the borders we are going to use 1 1/2 inch strips to make strip sets. I cut 1 1/2 inch strips from my various colored fat quarters and then cut those in half so I had about 22 – 11 x 1 1/2 inch colored strips, and then I used 33- 11 x 1 1/2 white strips to make my strip sets. You can use whatever lengths you want, just make sure to have enough variety and when you are done making the strips sets we will cut them into 1 1/2 inch units. You will need a total of 72 units.
Sew your 1 1/2 inch strips sets together like this: white/color/white/color/white. Pressing toward the darker fabric.
When you have them all sewn up, cut them into 1 1/2 inch units. Again you need a total of 72.
We will sew them together in a “stair-step fashion.”
Keep sewing until you have 2- 15 units sewn together for the top and bottom of the quilt and 2- 21 units together for the sides.
On each end you will sew a 3 unit piece. White/color/white. You can accomplish this by either making another strip set and cutting it into 1 1/2 inch units. Or if you have left over 1 1/2 units from the above steps just seam rip off the bottom two squares.
Add a 3 square unit onto each end.
Then the final step is to add a 1 1/2 inch white square onto each end.
Now lets trim the borders. Lay your ruler along the top, making sure again to leave 1/4 inch.
Trim the sides in the same way.
Sew the top and bottom borders onto your quilt center.
For the side borders you will need to cut 4- 3 1/2 inch squares of white and add them to each side. Sew these to your sides and you are done piecing!!
** this picture shows my top and bottom border not trimmed, but yours will already be trimmed.
I’ll post a PDF of the applique shapes for you to print out in the next couple of days. I’m in the middle of a major bedroom redo and didn’t have a chance to scan it yet, but I wanted to at least get these borders up for you in case you were ready to get going.
Maybe you don’t even want to use the applique shapes I did. Maybe you would like a monogram letter of your last name? Or maybe you would like a simple flower, or basket? Some embroidery would look cute too! The sky’s the limit right? =)
Thanks for sewing along!