I had a great time reading through all the blogs that participated in last week’s linky party for your crumb quilts. I just LOVE seeing them all.
Last week’s assignment was to sew the inside blocks together and to add the inner border. This week, it’s time to add that outer border. Matching up the words in the space that you need them to be in can be a little tricky. With a few hints here, you’ll be able to get it done in a snap.
Typically when a quilter sews border onto a quilt, they sew borders on the two sides of a quilt. Then they sew the border on the top and bottom. We are not using that method.
For me I started with the border that had the letters L-S. I sewed it onto the quilt. Then I started evaluating the border that was near it, the E-K border. I sewed the log cabin block to the corner. Being the block is square, the seam will meet correctly with the first border. I need to build and add more to the border until it reaches the correct length. Here I added a star next to the log cabin block and then connected the letters. It’s still not long enough. I need to find something to fill in that small space.
I added a block that had flying geese on the edge, then I laid the whole border piece across the quilt and trimmed it even with the edge. Then I sewed the border piece on.
Now it’s time to work with the A-D border piece.
I put a star on the end and sewed the letters A-D to it. Then I added random blocks on. Once it was long enough, I laid the border on top of the quilt and trimmed at the edge from the random blocks edge. Then I sewed the piece onto the quilt.
Now it’s time for the last border…the T-Z border. (I am apologizing right now…the photo didn’t turn out…you’ll have to read the words). Sew a block onto the edge of the words. Add blocks until the row is longer than you need it. Lay the border strip across the quilt. Trim it. This time it’s different. Trim this last border 1/4″ WIDER than then the edge of the inner border. Then add a block onto the end of the strip. Now you can sew the border to the quilt and it will fit perfectly.
Your quilt top should be finished.
Here’s what mine looks like…(dirty floor and all) I love it (not the dirty floor, the quilt!). I am so glad that I hosted the Crumb Along….It made me sew this quilt top…
Well quilt alongs don’t stop there. We have more to do…we need these tops to get quilted not sitting in a flimsy pile. I know some of you are making full size tops and not baby quilts. I know some of you are trying to squeeze the Crumb Along in before Bonnie Hunter’s big mystery quilt. How about we have two check in dates.
I will put up a linky party and you can check in on November 16th…. if you want or need more time, I’ll add another check in date with a linky party on January 31st. Hopefully that will give everyone enough time to get their flimsy quilted and bound. I can’t wait to see all your amazing blocks come together as quilts. Remember…I have TWO crumb quilts I am working on. I hope to have one finished for each of the dates.
Here’s a Mr. Linky or you. Please add a link to your crumb quilt progress. It doesn’t matter how far along you are….we love seeing any progress even if you are back on step one.
Here’s a link to all of the directions if you need to go back and check on something.