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Add depth to a panel quilt using this technique for making quilt borders

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use the Northcott Canyon Cliffs panel along with Sandscapes fabrics to make a quick quilt.

Today I’ll show you a variation of that border design using the Pumpkins for Sale panel from Northcott. This panel and its co-ordinating fabrics will be in your favorite quilt shops in July 2017.

Pumpkins for Sale panel with a pieced Sandscapes border
Pumpkins for Sale panel with a pieced Sandscapes border

 

I wanted the panel to be 21½” x 41½”. I drew chalk lines on the panel before cutting so I would make sure the edges would be straight and the size was correct. Check out my tips on yesterday’s QUILTsocial post for cutting panels.

Make sure you cut the panel carefully so it measures 21½” x 41½”.

Draw chalk lines on the panel to mark the cutting lines.
Draw chalk lines on the panel to mark the cutting lines.

 

Here are the instructions for the borders so you can make your own version of this fun fall quilt.

materials

From brown Sandscapes cut 2 – 1″ x 22½” and 2 – 1″ x 41½” for the inner border.

Sew a 41½” strip to each side. Press seam toward the strip. Sew a 22½” strip to the top and bottom. Press seam toward the strip.

I used 4 blue, 5 yellow/orange and 1 green Sandscapes fabrics for the outer border, but I encourage you to choose your own color scheme if you wish.

From darkest blue cut 3 – 2½” x 38½” and 4 – 2½” x 8½”.

From each of the remaining 3 blue fabrics cut 4 – 2½” x 8½”.

From the darkest orange cut  6 – 2½” x 8½”.

From the remaining 4 yellow/orange fabrics cut 4 – 2½” x 8½”.

From dark green cut 3 – 2½” x 38½” and 4 – 2½” x 8½”.

2½" x 8½" strips from Northcott's Sandscapes collection for the outer side borders
2½” x 8½” strips for the outer side borders

 

Sew 3 – 2½” x 38½” dark blue strips together to make the top border. Press seams in one direction.

Sew 3 – dark green 2½” x 38½” dark green strips together to make the bottom border. Press seams in one direction.

Following the color arrangement in the picture below, sew 21 of the 8½” strips together to make each side border. Press seams in one direction. The colors are arranged the same in each side border.

Sew a side border to each side.

Sew on the blue top border and the green bottom border.

Pumpkins for Sale panel quilt with Sandscapes side borders
Pumpkins for Sale panel quilt with Sandscapes side borders

 

Top and bottom Sandscapes borders have been added
Top and bottom Sandscapes borders have been added

 

Now you’re ready to quilt and then bind your quilt.

To make a ½” finished-size binding, cut 5 – 3″ x WOF brown Sandscapes strips. Check out my hints for sewing on the binding here.

And here’s the finished quilt! I love the way the Northcott Sandscapes fabric, with its hint of metallic accents, gives such texture and interest to this simple border.

Pumpkins for Sale panel with a pieced Sandscapes border
Pumpkins for Sale panel with a pieced Sandscapes border

 

Come back tomorrow and I’ll show you some quilts made by other Northcott designers using the Mountain Peak and Canyon Cliffs panels along with fabrics from the Sandscapes collection.

 

 

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: How variety in your quilt borders makes better panel quilts

Go to part 5: 2 designs to inspire you to make more creative quilt borders

Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past 10 years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts.

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