Today is my 150th blog post and to celebrate I’m giving, yep that’s right GIVING away this fat quarter bundle.
Pretty isn’t it? The fabric line is Prairie Paisley by Minick and Simpson from Moda. It’s from 2008 so if you want a nicer picture go here to check it out. To enter the contest, leave a comment telling me your favorite quilt block name. Sometime tomorrow I will pick a winner using my handy dandy random number generator.
Now, on to adding sawtooth borders to the feathered star block I made earlier this year.
The first disclaimer, I am not an expert on doing these borders. The second disclaimer is that this does waste fabric…sorry. I have come up with this method because it allows me to be reasonably accurate and not get hopelessly confused. I’m sure other people do this way better than me, all I can say is that this is what works for me. That being said, here we go.
Here’s what you need.
1 to 1 ¼ yards background fabric
½ to ¾ yard of the dark sawtooth fabric.
I strongly recommend an Add-a-Quarter ruler for my method. If you don’t have one a smaller quilting ruler works just fine.
From the light fabric you need to cut 116 rectangles 1 ½”x2 ½” AND 4 squares 1 ½”x1 ½”. Set the remaining fabric aside for the border we will appliqué on.
From the dark fabric you will need to cut 116 rectangles 1 ½”x2 ½” AND 4 squares 1 ½”x1 ½”.
Here is how I start:
The first step is to mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of the light fabric from one corner to a mark 1 ½” up on the opposite side as shown.
Place this rectangle on top a dark rectangle as shown. Make sure the sides and corner line up.
Sew on this drawn line like this
Then use a ruler (I’m using my Add-a-Quarter ruler) to cut ¼” from the seam as shown.
After this press like this
Next we repeat this process with a dark rectangle marked like this.
And press like this.
So that’s a glimpse at the process. Check back tomorrow for specifics on the first border.