Now for the grand finale, creating the border or frame for the blocks. I chose a dark brown fabric for an accent color and then I found another blue/green for the wider outer border. I am thrilled that they are from my stash so I didn’t have to buy anything new for this project.
I want the strips of the border to end up 5 1/2″ wide like the cornerstone blocks of the focus fabric so I cut the brown WOF at 1 1/2″ and the blue green at 3 3/4″. I sewed them together as a strip unit. **You have to allow for the seam allowance. Basically, you lose 1/2″ when you sew two pieces together.**
I decided to sew the strip set to the shorter sides of the quilt top first and then I squared up the edges. This means making the edges of the strip set even with the ends of the quilt top.
Next I sewed 5 1/2″ squares of the hedgehog fabric to another piece of the strip set and then sewed them to the remaining sides. **This part can be tricky so I recommend basting the end squares on and testing the fit before doing the final sewing. I never get it right the first time.**
And Voila! we have a finished quilt top!! I love the way it came out and next week we will discuss the backing/batting question.
I had decided on an alternating pattern for my hedgehog focus fabric and the 4 patch. I ran into a little trouble when I put it all together and realized I hadn’t been as careful as I should have and ended up with one four patch going the wrong way.
Out comes another important tool I should have mentioned, the seamripper or the UNSEWER. Mistakes are inevitable. Try and not get too upset about them. If you just can’t face unsewing your work, put it down and try again at another time.
I decided to add a few more rows to make it a better size. After that I needed to make the important decision about borders. Borders are used to contain the design and accent the colors in the fabric. I enjoy this focus fabric so much that I want to make cornerstones of the bigger hedgehogs. This means each corner of the border will have a square of the fabric.
To get the look I want I fussycut the fabric. Once I had decided on the size of the block, I took my ruler (which is clear) and held it over the fabric until I had a complete image within my dimensions (5 1/2″square).
Next post we will finish the borders and complete the quilt top.
I’ve had two pieces of hedgehog fabric for awhile and thought they’d be perfect for a baby quilt. I decided to treat the fabric with the larger print as my focus fabric and treat it as my medium value. The other fabric has smaller hedgehogs and a light background. I next looked to see what colors were in common between the two and I decided to go with a blue/green fabric because there were shades of both in the two related fabrics.
I cut the blue and smaller hedgehog fabric in 3″ strips WOF and then sewed them together along the long edge. I then cut them up in 3″ pieces and this resulted in pairs.
I pressed them with the seam towards the dark fabric. *This is very important. Be consistent with your pressing and you will be a happier quilter!* When you lay the alternating blocks together, the seams tuck into each other and this helps with your accuracy. This is called nesting the seams. Once they are sewn together you have successfully made a 4 patch block.
Next you need to cut the focus fabric to the correct size – 5 1/2″. I initially cut 3 strips WOF since I haven’t really decided how big this baby quilt is going to be.
Next week, we will put it all together and add borders.