Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
NOTE: i apologise for the appearance off formatting...i keep coming back reducing space between areas and post again....still all wonked out. sorry 'bout that...but i do seem to have problems with this blog format...time improves all things....so the ubiquitous "they" say....lollolllollol...
>> Photo 1…
Using small ruler make marks on back side of “quilt” and “border” strip fabric - ¼ inch from corners of fabric. Stitch and seam, starting at the ¼” mark. When stitching seam…start and stop at the ¼ marks at each end. Do this each time you are going to sew on a border strip. It will help to make the miter lay flat later.
>> photo 2….
Sew first border strip to side of “quilt”.
>> photo 3…..
Sew second “border” on. Again, start and stop at the 1/4” marks ..I use a pin to let me “see” it better :))
>> Photo 4….
Press seams to one side. w/right side down, fold “quilt” diagonally, using lines on cutting mat as a guide for accuracy. I also use the seam of added border strip to help make sure that all is even and in alignment. Then I lay a ruler along edge of fold past end of outside corner border strip. Draw fine line with pencil or favorite marker across the border strip to opposite corner.
>> Photo 5…
carefully place pins length of drawn line…point first into line ….
also along the fold in the “quilt” and along the seam line between “quilt” & the “border”. This helps keep fabrics/existing seams aligned while pinning and stitching.
>> photo 6…
then carefully stitch along drawn line.- use pin insertion area as stitch guide, as sometimes drawn line can be hard to see when stitching on machine. start at end of last stitch in border seam line [where border joined to quilt body] my line here is a little dark for emphasis in photo & sample sending to friend.
>> photo 7 & 8
after stitching the diagonal inside corner to outside corner. Remove from machine and fold and lay out as you did in photo 4. then carefully…measure 1/4” from seam line and cut with rotary cutter.
the samples that i am sending with this article to my friend. i demonstrated it to her when i was with her last, she didn't think that she would remember. so i told her i would do this and send with husband when he came down in spring. please feel free to critique...if you have more ideas or simpler let me...let all of us here at My Quilt Place know....this is such a fabulous forum for us all to exchange ideas and learn from one another.