Update – This post series will be taken down on March 1, 2017. The pattern is now published in my Craftsy store for the low introductory price of just $5. Purchases fund the costs of the blog so I can continue to develop fun quilt alongs without resorting to ads. The price will go up to its regular price of $8 on March 1.
After a bit of wrangling with the fabrics for the borders on my red and ecru Scrap Dance Waltz, I did decide to do the rose print in the middle. I used a light background print for the first border, then the rose print. I wanted a five inch final border but I did not have any one fabric that had enough to complete it. So, a pieced border would have to be done. I wanted the final border to be all darker reds, so I cut 5 inch strips of those fabrics, leaving out the ones with stronger white prints.
The 5-inch wide strips were sewn along the long edge, then cross cut into 5 inch wide strips. Then those were sewn together.
I pressed the seams and did a test fit on the quilt top. But, you know, Murphy’s law will tell you that there is no way the number of squares will come out even with the border measurement, so I needed to figure out the adjustment. Naturally it is short by just a bit.
So now, I could add on another square and then take up the seams all along the pieced border to take up the excess, but I wasn’t happy about all that work. So, I came up with another idea. I found the strip of that fabric and cut another end piece longer than the 5 inches of the original. No one will notice that the end one is a bit wider, and there will be another square on the end from the other border.
Picking out the seam, I removed the end square and sewed the longer one on.
Now, to do a proper measurement to make sure I don’t have wavy borders. Notice that the end piece is now much longer than needed, so I can cut the length to the exact measurement of the top with its first two borders.
I used a lot of pins on this border, one in every seam. I did the same with the border on the opposite edge.
The shorter side border was a bit too long, so I cut it to the proper length.
Then, I figured out that the shorter piece couldn’t be on the end. It would be too obvious on the corners that the seams don’t match up.
Easy solution, pick out a seam several squares down and flip the end section so the smaller square is in the center section of the quilt.
Now I can nest the seams on the border at the corner…
and the adjustment won’t be apparent.
And I did the same thing with the last border.
After all the borders were applied, I tried my hanging trick. Look at that! Even with three borders, one of them pieced, the quilt hangs straight. I’m going to talk more about measuring borders next week. It looks a bit weird because this is the backside of piecing.
New additions to the Flicker group since last time, I was so excited to see Tanya’s blocks all together on her blog. This grey background is a fabulous contrast to her bright prints. The secondary circular design really pops! It will be fun to see what she does with borders, as she wants it bigger. She is doing a huge quilt, the blocks are set 9 x 9, for a total of 81 blocks!
Mary is using all blues, beautiful aren’t they!
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I have to add one more thing, tooting my own horn here, but I am delighted to announce that I am one of Fave Quilts Top Bloggers for 2016! How cool is that! If you are visiting from Fave Quilts, please stay a bit and have a look around, some of my tutorials and project posts are gathered at the top in pages to make them easy to find. We have lots of fun here, and I invite you to follow with any of your favorite methods, see the sidebar for ways to follow. My third mystery quilt using up your scraps begins later in January, after we finish the Scrap Dance Waltz quilt along.
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