Friday, December 3, 2021

3 Extra Special Border Tutorials

Looking for a different border treatment for your project? Then look no further than these 3 ideas!

First up is the Mitered Border

Now, some may find this border scary to create because of those 45 degree angles. But if one is careful in lining up the seams and fabric and taking test stitches, the border is really pretty simple to create. 

gold mitered quilt corner

And the impression it leaves shows that the quilter took the time and attention necessary to create a fabulous border for their quilt. Trust me - on the right quilt, mitered borders can look stunning!

For a very complete and detailed tutorial, check out my Mitered Quilt Border Tutorial and see if it makes you want to give it a try.

For smaller quilt projects, a Picture Frame Border will certainly add that extra punch!

seamless border on a mini quilt

I really love the look of this border - notice there are no seams? Yet another border that's easy to do, but best kept to small projects because of the size of the fabric needed for the border.

Check out my How to Make a Picture Frame Border for all of the details and closeups. 

Last, but certainly not least, what quilt wouldn't be enhanced by adding a Decorative Flange? Here, it's a very narrow folded fabric strip that's inserted in the seam, leaving the other side free.

narrow green flange in a quilt border

For maximum impact, this flange looks impressive when it's kept super narrow. Simple to do but making a really big impact! Check out what I mean with my Inserting a Decorative Flange tutorial. It's just as impressive as Piped Binding, though easier and in a different area of the border.

narrow yellow flange next to quilt binding

So the next time your adding borders to a quilt and want something a bit extra, consider using one of these techniques. I'm sure your quilt will be extra stunning!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Midweek Makers 308

Welcome to Midweek Makers - let's do some sharing!

I'm away from the studio this week, working hard on the relative's house, which means I have no new quilts to show. I hope to be back at it soon, as I'm eager to finish my cat quilt, then move on to assembling the RSC2021 quilt. I think I can pull off those two goals before the end of the year!

As we're getting closer to Christmas, there were two Christmas-y quilts from Midweek Makers 306 that I'd like to showcase. Both of these were still in progress at that time, and now they're finished. Take a look at Donnaleeq's improv Red Birds before quilting,

and her Red Birds after quilting, with a pretty red binding to tie it all together.

The other Christmas quilt, with this before shot from Bell Creek Quilts of an adorable Santa panel,

then with an additional border and of course, the fabulous quilting Bell Creek Quilts enhanced it with.

These two are sending me into the Christmas mood! How about you? Any Christmas quilts to share today?
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Monday, November 29, 2021

Christmas Cheer!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the lead up to Christmas is in full swing. For me, I don't get excited about a holiday until it's 3-6 weeks away and maybe you're like that too.

With that in mind, and just for Santa, I'm sharing some of my Christmas runners and wall hangings that I've made within those weeks before the big holiday. I'm sure Santa will be happy to see them again - he certainly can't miss them as they adorn every available space in the house!

At the top of my nice list is Gnome for the Holidays, a super cute applique runner with a Santa gnome, his gingerbread-esque home, a few wonky snow coated trees, and snowflakes to set the scene.

Here's a closer look - he's just so cute!

Next on my nice list is the Peppermint Candy runner. I love this one for it's simplicity - red and white stripes with pinwheels in between. 

Those snowmen sure look like they're enjoying the scene!

Of course Christmas wouldn't be complete without trees and several tree patterns have made my nice list. I especially love this one, aptly named Christmas Trees.

Filled with small Christmas print appliques, then outlined with snow, three of them stacked make a great wall hanging, or I could have placed them side-by-side for a festive table runner. Maybe next year!

Another favorite tree runner, Holiday Forest, is a more modern design, with several trees reaching for the sky on a snow-filled background.

I liked these so much, I even made a set of placemats

tall green trees on snow background

Now as you know, Santa couldn't do his job without the help of his nine reindeer, especially Rudolph - they are quite the team! I'm sure that when Santa sees my Reindeer Wreath wall hanging, he'll remember how special they all are and give them more carrots!

black and white check reindeer heads

Hmm, with all the quilts to see in my house, I hope I don't delay Santa too much from his duties!

Merry Christmas!

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