When I got home, I worked on the custom quilt from yesterday and finished the interior section. The quilt has 10 inch wide borders, so I set out to divide and conquer.
|Ready for border quilting.|
|This is a mock-up of the star for the corners. |
I outlined and quilted several of these in the quilt center.
First, I drew a bunch of mock-ups and settled on repeating the diamonds from the piecing. I subtracted 1/2 inch from the border (to leave the space for binding to be applied), leaving 9 1/2 inches to work with. With my handy chalk pencil, I drew a line 4 3/4 inches from the inner edge to find the center of the border. Taking off 10 inches from each end for a corner treatment left me 54 inches to fill. I could make 9 equal diamonds 6 inches long, so I divided the line in 6 inch increments and drew the first diamond. From there, I could tick off 6 inch increments on both outside lines and just connect the dots!
|Connecting the dots from top line to bottom line|
|And likewise from bottom to top!|
|This is what you get.|
|I added another line 1 1/4 inches from the diamond row above and below. This will give me another space for quilting.|
|Voila! The border is now in manageable sections.|
|No fancy tools; just chalk and a ruler!|