- From assorted prints cut 25 squares 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″ for the cornerstones
- From sashing fabric cut 40 strips 2 3/4″ x 11 3/4″ (requires 1 yard fabric)
- From 1st border fabric cut 6 strips 2″ x 42″ (requires 3/8 yard fabric)
- From 2nd border fabric cut 7 strips 6″ x 42″ (requires 1 1/4 yards fabric)
I knew I wanted to use a tone-on-tone white print for my sashing fabrics (the strips between all the blocks) but I wasn’t sure what color fabrics I wanted to use for the cornerstones (the squares between all the sashing strips.) So I played with some different options when I laid out the quilt.
I was originally going to use the navy prints as my cornerstones, but decided the contrast was a little stronger than I wanted. So I tried some of the lighter prints, but colors that still had contrast with the white sashing. I decided I liked the more subtle cornerstones and went with that for this particular quilt. Neither one is right or wrong- just whatever personal preference you reach. With this quilt, I liked the pop of red in the cornerstones. In that quilt I also used the same fabric for all of the cornerstones. Lots of options. Don’t be afraid to try different looks. I was surprised by what I ended up choosing in the end.
As a result the newly trimmed border strips could be slightly shorter than the sides of the quilt. (This is not a bad thing because it will help square up the quilt and keep the edges from getting wavy). When you go to pin your border to the sides (and this is a really important part for keeping that quilt square) start by finding the center of the strip and matching it up with the center of the quilt edge. Pin there and then pin at both ends. Then carefully pin the rest of the strip to the edge of the quilt. If the quilt edge is slightly longer, carefully space the pins equally. When you go to sew the seam, place the border strip on top as you send it through the machine. The feed dogs should ease the excess of the quilt edge through the machine without creating puckers.
Sew with 1/4″ seam and then press seams toward the border. Repeat with remaining sides.
Repeat that method again, two opposite sides at a time, with the outside quilt borders. For more information and details on adding borders to a quilt visit the Quilt Borders 101 tutorial.
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