I am building QUILT borders! No politics here folks…sorry~~!!~~ If you came to read about a border between our country and another, you came to the WRONG place.
I have spent the last couple of afternoons working on border pieces for my Grandma’s Kitchen quilt.
I decided to use a pieced “string” border after I saw a couple on Pat Sloan’s Facebook group Quilt Along with Pat Sloan several months ago. I am a confirmed scrappy quilter, and I have LOTS of leftover fabric from this project. I planned out how much wider I needed the quilt to be and cut my “foundation pieces” (aka phone book pages). I also did a little “quilt math” to figure out just how “many” of those phone book pages I would need. The quilt is currently 73 1/2 wide x 92 1/2 long with the 2 borders that are currently on it. You probably remember this photo if you have been following for at least the last 3 months.
I want to add about 18″ overall, so I cut my pages at 9.5 x 6.5. I will attach them to make the 9.5 the width. I need about 62 phone book pages, depending on what I do in the corners. Before my quilt retreat in early February, I cut the pages and a lot of strips. I had them all set out in big baskets and
I got busy with them the last few days. My goal is to get a lot of variety as I select pieces to add to the block. This turns into what I call “mindless sewing”, while I listen to an audio book, chain piece 6 or 8 blocks, press and chain piece some more. (My hubby can not understand how I can pay attention to the sewing AND the murder mystery. You will often find him sitting in a chair near my ironing station trying to solve the crime while I am stitching away!) (Current series is by J.A. Jance, featuring a detective working for the Washington State Attorney General on the Special Homicide Investigation Team.…aka the S.H.I.T. Squad) (Don’t take offense…imagine if that was on YOUR business card…..)
Back to sewing…..So far, I have about 50 units done, and I can’t wait to brave the current “nor-Easter – Toby” and get out to my sewing room over the garage this afternoon!
These border pieces are a bit “wider” than the last one I did –
You might remember my Scrap Dance Two Step (Pattern by Carole at From My Carolina Home). This was a twin 58.5″ x 82.5″ – The pieced scrappy border was cut at 4″, finish at 3.5 once the quilt binding goes on. (Still waiting to be quilted!)
Maybe I should send this one to California for my project in April? I am going to visit One Block Wonder Woman and play with her new long arm quilting machine! (She is retrieving me from the ship when I dock in San Pedro and taking me home for a few days to her beautiful home in the central coast of California. I bet she and my big brother will wine and dine me too…..)
One lesson I have learned about working with scrappy borders is they need to be “stay stitched” on the outer edge. I will have to check the Scrap Dance Two Step before I put it in the mail to One Block Woman.
Seriously excited about my visit in April. I enjoy having a family member who loves this hobby as much (or more) than I do, and we try to see each other every few years. Last visit was when she came out from California to go to the retreat with Cheryl Lynch and we worked on our Pet Mosaic Projects. Go check out her Fannie – Pet Mosaic Project She had the BEST viewing position in the show I think……
We have also gotten together here in Delaware when she taught me how to do a One Block Wonder (of course) back in 2012. Mine is below .And then there was the first quilt show/classes I ever went to…at IQF Houston in 2013. Gosh that was FUN!! It really opened my eyes to the world of quilting.
Do you collaborate with a family member on your quilt projects??? I enjoy our conversations, cross – country!
Are you in the path of the current Nor-Easter – Toby? We will either get 1″ of snow or a foot…depending on which way it tracks.
We are waiting to find out if our bus trip to the AQS show in Lancaster PA is on or off for tomorrow. Fingers crossed! BUMMER – Bus trip is cancelled. The bus company has cancelled all it’s trips for Wednesday. We better get a foot of snow!!!!!!