Hi there girls! Wow, it's hard to believe that we're already making border blocks in our
Your blocks are looking so pretty - won't be long until we have that "Simple Things" Parade! This week, we'll be making the 44 border blocks (if you are making border blocks)! If you're not making border blocks, then you can take this week to catch up - or rest if you're all caught up thus far!
Here is Mr. Linky - so you can link up with your border block blog posts (say that 3 times fast :)
Okay, we had a few of you who are making the larger version of the quilt, but would like to make the border blocks rather than do the plain borders. So, here are the cutting instructions for the larger version of the quilt (if you're doing the smaller version, you already have your pieces cut - so skip on down to the stitching instructions). Your unfinished blocks will measure 6 1/2" square. Please note - because your blocks are larger, your rectangle is going to stick out past the edges of your triangles farther than in the images shown below - just be sure that you center each triangle edge on your rectangle - so that they line up when you trim your blocks.
Border Block Cutting for Larger Quilt:
1. From your background fabric, cut 7 - 5 7/8" strips. From those strips, cut a total of 44 - 5 7/8" squares. Cut each square in half diagonally once, to make a total of 88 Half Square Triangles.
2. From your backgroung fabric, cut 13 - 2 1/2" strips. Stitch those strips together, end to end, to create one long strip 2 1/2" strip. From that strip, cut:
2 - 2 1/2" x 56 1/2"
2 - 2 1/2" x 60 1/2"
2 - 2 1/2" x 72 1/2"
2 - 2 1/2" x 76 1/2"
3. From your multi-colored fabric, cut 44 - 1 7/8" x 9 1/4" rectangles. For stitching, please refer to the stitching instructions below - substituting your size of rectangles and triangles for the smaller size.
Stitching The Border Blocks
1. Gather your 88 background Half Square Triangles, and 44 your multi-colored rectangles.
2. Lay the long edge of one background triangle along the long edge of one rectangle, right sides together, and stitch.
4. Lay the long edge of another triangle on the other side of your rectangle, right sides together
5. Now, your block will need to be trimmed to 3 1/2" square. I tried to do this with just my rotary cutter and mat - and ended up having to redo my block. If you have a 3 1/2" square ruler (or for those of you doing the larger version - a 6 1/2" square ruler), use that to square up your blocks, being sure that the corners of your multi-colored rectangle are cut evenly on each side.
6. For those of you who don't have a square ruler, you'll need to make a template. I just used copy paper (like to keep it simple here), and cut several 3 1/2" paper squares using an old rotary cutter blade, so I could trim several blocks at once. If you're doing the larger version, you'll need to cut several 6 1/2" squares from your copy paper.
7. Pin your paper template to your block, being sure that you have accurate 45 degree corners on all four ends:
Make a total of 44 blocks. Your blocks will be 3 1/2" unfinished (for the larger version, they will be 6 1/2" unfinished).
Enjoy your stitching girls - and next week, we'll assemble the quilt top!