Spring Quilt-a-Long: Borders and Layering

Good Morning, Quilters!

By the end of today we will have a pieced quilt top and a quilt sandwich, ready for (my favorite part) quilting!

Yesterday, we completed the HST triangles and stitched all the rows together.

Today:  Borders and Layering the Quilt Sandwich

BORDERS

The Spring Sampler has top and bottom borders only–of course, YOU should be your own designer!

Measuring and Cutting the Borders:

MY SISTERS’ METHOD

My sisters are both excellent quilters and they do not like my method…Use the method that works best for you…

(If it’s my method be sure to comment–so my sisters see who is always right.

If you like their method better–HUSH!  We don’t want them to start a competitive blog…)

MY SISTERS’ METHOD  Measure across the middle, measure across each edge–find the average and cut the border the average width.

MY NO-MEAUSRE METHOD

I use a no-mark border method for all of my quilt borders–from very large to very small.

In my not-always-humble opinion, or maybe it’s just me…taking three measurements can induce error.

Press the top well.

Lay it out on a table–very straight.  (If the quilt is large, fold it in half lengthwise and fold the border in half lengthwise)

Align the border on a horizontal line in the middle of the quilt.  It must very straight.

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Trim the sides even with the edges of the quilt top.

That’s it!  Perfect border size!

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Place the border on the quilt top, right sides together.  Pin the edges, then the middle and ease the border onto the quilt top.

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

DESIGN DECISIONS

When I auditioned the border fabric, it seemed perfect…but once it was stitched in place, I wasn’t so sure…

I hate when that happens…

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Maybe it was too wide…

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Even folded over to a narrower width, it wasn’t singing to me.

Darn it!

I unstitched it and added a solid border.

The solid border looks a little boring now, but once we add the magic of machine quilting…

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

THE QUILT SANDWICH

Cut the backing fabric 2-3 inches larger than the quilt top.  (More if it’s a large quilt).

Prep the backing by pressing well with a little spray starch or sizing.  This will help the quilt slide while machine quilting.

Secure it–right side down–to a table top.  Use tape or clamps.

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Cut the batting the same size as the backing.

I used Warm and Natural (The Warm Company) cotton batting for my first Spring Sampler and am trying Warm and Plush for this one.  Warm and Plush is described as “the warmest natural quilt batting”–“Perfect for loved ones that can never seem to get warm”–yep, that’s me!!

It will be interesting to see how they compare.

I did not pre-soak either one. (Another day’s comparison.)

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Layer the batting on top of the backing.

Place the quilt top in the center.

Baste the quilt top with pins or spray.

I used Sulky KK2000-It’s odorless, clear and non-toxic.  I felt comfortable using it indoors.  KK 2000 is a temporary spray–it only lasts a few days…but I have found it helps hold things together for a lot longer when I’m quilting a small project.

Spray the back of the batting. Smooth it over the backing.

Spray the top of the batting.  Layer your quilt on top and smooth.

Do not press the quilt top–Ironing removes the adhesive.

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Perfect!

Our blank canvas is ready to quilt!!!

Spring Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

We will start next Tuesday.

Be ready.

Have YOUR quilt sandwich prepared!

Speaking of prepared sandwiches…

Here’s What Gaby’s cooking!  Looks delicious!

And my daughter made these Moroccan Chicken Skewers said they were fabulous, too!

I must be hungry again…maybe I should eat a better breakfast?

Lori

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The Spring Sampler QAL-Piecing the Quilt Top

Border and HST Quilt-a-Long, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

Let’s get started with our Spring Sampler Quilt tops!

REVIEW 

Last week, we choose a color scheme and picked fabrics.

Some of you may have stitched your  40 half square triangles.

And YOU may have made a few designs decisions to make your sampler a different size.

YOUR DESIGN

I will be including all of my design choices for this quilt including cut and finished sizes of each of the blocks and borders, however YOU should be YOUR own designer!

This project is very flexible and is designed to help YOU with YOUR quilts.  The sizes and colors can vary and you will still be able to quilt-a-long.

Don’t hesitate to change the sizes if you have a long table.

Or maybe you have pre-cut fabrics…use them, don’t re-cut them….at least see if they look proportional in your quilt.

The key is:  Use what YOU have and what looks good to YOU!  

Make it easy on yourself.

Then we will modify the machine quilting to fit YOUR quilt!

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

STEPS

Half Square Triangle Strips

Need 4 strips of half square triangles.   Careful about orientation of each row!  Be sure to orient two rows of HST facing one way and two facing the opposite way…see photos.

Stitch 10 HST in each row.

Your row should now measure 20-1/2 inches (or pretty close).

Sashing Rows

Cut 5 strips.

20-1/2 by 3 inches.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

Top and Bottom Borders

The finished size of the borders are 4 inches wide.

Cut the width after you finish piecing.

I used this Kaffe Fasset precut-6-1/2 inches wide.

I decided to not cut to it at all–that gives me flexibility if I decide a deeper border looks better.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

Stitch the rows together.

I like to use Aurifil 50 wt cotton in the bobbin and top with a size 80 Universal needle.

BERNINA quilters-I love the BERNINA 37D foot for piecing, but remember any time you use a “D” foot you MUST engage the dual feed!

Also, everyone should use a single hole throat plate when piecing–it helps prevent fabric jams and creates the best possible stitch.

PRESSING

Press the seam allowances away from the HST rows.

Carefully press the entire quilt once all of the rows are finished.

Spring Quilt-a-long, Lori Kennedy

TOMORROW

I will show you my no-measure method for adding borders–I use it all the time, much to my sister’s chagrin!

Create the quilt sandwich.

Speaking of sandwiches…it’s lunch time here…

And I have an avocado…

Here’s one of my favorite cooking websites, What’s Gaby Cooking.

Merrily we row-a-long, quilt-a-long, cook-a-long….

Lori

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Half Square Triangles-Method 2 (Quilt-a-Long)

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Good Morning, Quilters!

First…a quick commercial–(I love a good sale!)

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SPRING QUILT-A-LONG

We need 40 (or more)  Half Square Triangles (HST) for our Spring Quilt-a-Long.

While there are many ways to create HST, I am sharing a few of my favorite ways and would love to hear yours!

Yesterday, we looked at how to make HST when using small scraps. (Step-by-step photo tutorial HERE)

VERY ACCURATE HALF SQUARE TRIANGLE METHOD

Several readers reminded me of a way to make these squares even more accurate!

  • Cut the squares a wee bit larger–3 inches (instead of the annoying 2-7/8).
  • Then stitch the blocks as shown–across the diagonal.
  • Iron Press as usual.
  • Then trim to the desired size.

Thank you, ladies for the reminder of this method!

ANOTHER VERY ACCURATE HST METHOD

Another very accurate way to make several HSTs is to use Triangles on a Roll.

With this method, you can create many blocks very quickly and accurately.

Triangles on a Roll come in a variety of sizes…be sure to pick up the correct size.–For the Spring Quilt-a-Long, I used 2 inch finished.

Any size will work for this project!–use what YOU have!

NOTE- I love the 2 inch finished size because it fits on a 6 inch roll of pre-cut fabric (like Boundless Solids HERE)

Triangles on a Roll, Lori KennedyTriangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

If you want to create many HST, roll out as much of the paper as will fit on your fabric.

To create 8 HST, cut off one square of the fabric (see below).  Cut on the dark line, very carefully!

Layer two pieces of fabric, right sides together and position the paper on top.

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Shorten the stitch length and sew on all of the dotted lines.

You can stitch off the paper and back on again without cutting your threads.

Sew very accurately!

CUT ON THE DARK LINES

With a few quick (but accurate) slashes of your rotary cutter, separate the HST.

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

With the paper still on, trim off the corners.

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Peel away the paper…

And iron press your HST!

Triangles on a Roll, Lori Kennedy

Very accurate, very quick HST!

Like eating popcorn…

You won’t want to stop!

You only need 40 for our project, but an extra long table runner would sure look nice with a huge bouquet of lilacs!

Happy Stitching!

Lori

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