100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along Schedule
Tuesday, September 20- Spacing Your Quilting
Friday, September 23 – 100 Quilts for Kids Quilt Along Link Up
Wednesday, October 12- Machine Binding Tutorial
Wednesday, October 12-14 – 2nd 100 Quilts for Kids Link Up
There is always more than one way to make a quilt. Rae’s pattern suggests sewing squares together and cutting your sashing to match the length of your squares. Because I am not the most accurate piecer in the world, I usually cut my sashing and borders to the length that my sewn quilt squares *should* be. I fiddle with the squares and border a bit as I sew them together, and this usually gives me borders that are (mostly) square and aren’t nearly as flared as they would otherwise be.
If you are using 5 inch squares and want to pre-cut your borders, here are the dimensions I used:
(2) 2.75 x 9.5 inch strips
(2) 2.75 x 14 inch strips
(2) 2.75 x 23.5 inch strips
(2) 2.75 x 28 inch strips
(2) 2.75 x 37 inch strips **
(2) 2.75 x 41 inch strips **
**I cut my outer border strips at 2.75 x 3.5 inches. This gave me room to trim the border down to my desired size after quilting. It isn’t necessary, just a personal preference
Tips & Tricks: Chain Piecing
Chain piecing is another word for assembly line piecing. Instead of sewing two blocks together, cutting the threads and putting them in a pile, you sew multiple pairs of blocks together in a row, without cutting the threads between them. This speeds up your piecing, and if your machine tends to sputter or catch threads if the needle isn’t on the fabric when you start sewing, this helps that problem. For this pattern, you will have:
(2) 3 square strips, (2) 5 square strips, (2) 6 square strips, and (2) 8 square strips, so don’t chain piece all of your squares, or you will have to un-pick a few to be left with 3 and 5 square strips.
Tips and Tricks: Sewing on Borders
Typically, when I sew sashing/borders to quilts, I find the middle of both the border and the quilt/block (A), and pin. (I didn’t in this picture, which I find hilarious). Next, I match and pin the ends together (B). If there are seams to match (C), then I pin on both sides of the seam, and then anywhere else I need to. If there aren’t seams to match, then I just fill in with pins where necessary, and sew the two pieces together.
I think this quilt pattern would look great with a non-neutral solid border. It also lends itself to different sizes. Perhaps you are using larger squares, or you don’t want to have to piece your quilt back–I made this one out of charm packs we cut at our DC Modern meeting from various members’ stashes to see what it would look like without an outside border. I think it works well, and yes, my quilt holder was thrilled to be holding the quilt. Wish you could see his happy face. Ha!
If you have any questions, you can ask them in the 100 Quilts for Kids flickr group. Thanks, and happy sewing! The quilt along posts will continue on September 7 with a discussion (and lots of great pictures) of pieced quilt backs.
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