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Sew Intertwined QAL: Borders

Hello! Welcome to the border edition of the Sew Intertwined Quilt Along! If you’re just starting, come on over and say hi to everyone in the Flickr group – we’re all super nice. Also, Melissa over at SewBitterSweet Designs is posting a tutorial on joining your blocks, so you’ll probably want to read that first! Oh, and here’s the QAL info page for more details.

I’ll give you directions to do 2 different borders – one a plain border, and the other with cornerstones. All seam allowances are 1/4″. The image below is of roughly 2″ finished sized plain borders, so here’s how to do it:

You’ll need to cut 7 strips of fabric – 2.5″ x WOF (width of fabric). Carefully cut off the selvedge because it doesn’t look pretty in your quilt.

The quilt by itself measures about 60″. Yours may be slightly bigger or even slightly smaller. That’s ok.

Take ONE of the strips and cut it in half, so you have TWO pieces, each 2.5″ x approx 22″. Sew each of those shorter strips to one of your 44″ length strips.

Now simply sew a strip each to the top and the bottom. Trim even with the edges of your blocks.

Then, sew TWO of the remaining four strips together to make a very long strip. Repeat with the remaining two strips.

Sew those longer strips, one to each side. Trim the ends so everything lines up. Now baste, quilt and bind! (There are some links about that at the end if you need them.)

For borders with cornerstones that finish at about 2″ wide, you’ll need 4 squares cut to 2.5″ x 2.5″ to put in the corners.

Also cut SIX strips, 2.5″ x WOF. Carefully trim the selvedges.

Cut TWO of the strips in half so they’re 22″ long – you’ll have four pieces.

Sew a 22″ long piece to one of the 44″ long pieces. Repeat with another set of one short and one long. Sew those, one each, to the top and bottom of your quilt. Trim the edges so they’re even with the blocks.

You should have TWO long (44″), TWO short (22″), and FOUR squares (2.5″ x 2.5″). Sew one long piece to one short piece. Repeat with the other strips.

Now we need to know exactly how long those strips need to be before you sew your cornerstones to the edges of them. Measure the distance that the long strip will have to cover. It should be right around 60″ (remember we’ll be adding the cornerstones to the ends, so the strip only needs to ‘cover’ the actual blocks in between the cornerstones.). Now ADD .5″ to that measurement, and cut your strips to that length.

Sew TWO cornerstones, one to each end,  to one of the strips. Repeat with the other two cornerstones and strip. Now you just have to sew them to the edges, and you’re done!

Baste, quilt and bind!

If you need a basting tutorial, Crazy Mom Quilts has a good tutorial, as does Chasing Cottons.

If you need suggestions for quilting, check out Tallgrass Prairie Studio, or if you want to see what my version of random straight line quilting looks like, I have a pic in my Flickr of a baby quilt I made.

If you need a binding tutorial, I wrote one a while ago that might help.

Have fun and don’t forget to add your pics to the Flickr group!

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1 thought on “Sew Intertwined QAL: Borders

  1. Ok, now I am pumped to finish this now that I know how I want to try to quilt it! Straight line random goodness! Now if only I can get the top assembled without it being a HUGE mess. haha I’m SO enjoying this QAL! Thank you for the stretch!

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