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Sep 17, 2010

Border Fabric

This is a re-visit on a quilt I made a couple of years ago.  I used border fabric as the center strip of my sew, flip & press quilt.
I was initially, afraid of border fabrics because I couldn't figure out how to use that type of fabric other than in a border but this challenge project that my "wacky" group thought up made me rethink my concerns.  Who says you can't cut up, divide or only use portions of border fabrics.  Well, you certainly can.
In this project you start off with a muslin base (size....your choice but I like the 10 1/2 to 12 1/2 inch size).  Place your focus fabric strip in the center diagonally right side up on each muslin square.  Some like to secure the strips with a dap of glue stick but I've found that if you iron the strip in place the heat from the iron temperately bonds the two.  Next, I had pre-cut dark & light strips of varied sizes.......I tried to use colors that matched the focus fabric for the darker side and tone-on-tones for the lighter side. 
Choose one dark strip, I placed it over the top of the focus strip and stitched it down. Flip it open and press. I continued with dark strips until one side of each muslin block was finished.  Do not trim at this time.  Stitch the light strips on next using the sew, flip and press method until all muslin squares are completed. Then square up.  I really love the way this turned out. And now, when shopping for fabric, I always look for at least one border fabric.



I thought about turning the blocks on point and using the Square in a Square method to complete my project but didn't like how it looked.

2 comments:

The Quilting Pirate said...

What a neat quilt! I'm not crazy about border prints, but this pattern intrigues me and I might have to add to to my "to do" list one day :)

Needled Mom said...

It really turned out beautifully.

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